December 31, 1958

December 31st, 1958

H.A. Swanson memorandum to Fred W. Clayton in – Kabul, Afghanistan – December 31, 1958.

Clayton Family Document from the Donald Clayton collection – This image is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

This 1 page memorandum clarifies the scope of the Continental-Allied contract, but provides evidence for a “nation-wide” survey of “industrial development” and the related “power grid component”.  The Afghan Industrial Development Bank (proposal) is referenced.

[First posted  2010.06.17 / Thursday ]

December 24, 1958

December 24th, 1958

Jack Bennett letter to Fred W. Clayton in – Kabul, Afghanistan – December 24, 1958.

Clayton Family Document from the Donald Clayton collection – This image is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

This is the cover letter for the two letters from Continental-Allied dated December 23, 1958.  Note that the cable address for this company is “Money”.

For more insight into the history of Continetal-Allied refer to the “Development Banking Bibliography” (a PDF file)” here.

[First posted  2010.06.17 / Thursday ]

December 23, 1958

December 23rd, 1958

Jack Bennett letter to Fred W. Clayton in – Kabul, Afghanistan – December 23, 1958.

Clayton Family Document from the Donald Clayton collection – This image is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

This 2 page letter discusses the Kandahar Electric Company and the Helmand Valley Authority in relation to stock (options) and the Development Loan Fund and other matters.

[First posted  2010.06.17 / Thursday ]

December 23, 1958

December 23rd, 1958

Ray Burrus memorandum to Fred W. Clayton in – Kabul, Afghanistan – December 23, 1958.

Clayton Family Document from the Donald Clayton collection – This image is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

This 2 page letter discusses the Kandahar Electric Company and the Arghandab Dam turbines in addition to references to the Kandahar International Airport (project) and the Tarnak Canal.  All of which are in conjunction with development of the Kandahar Industrial District and the power generation needs of the City of Kandahar.

[First posted  2010.06.17 / Thursday ]

December 22, 1958

December 22nd, 1958

Commissary Card – Kabul, Afghanistan – December 22, 1958.

Clayton Family Document from the Donald Clayton collection – This image is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

This membership card is for the American Embassy Commissary in Kabul, Afghanistan circa 1958 and 1959.  Most food was purchased in the bazaars locally, usually by ones cook or houseboy.  Commissary “privileges” expanded on the local “fare” to include such things as cans of American soda, pre-packaged cake mixes, powdered milk (there was no whole milk available), and cranberry sauce for the holidays.

[First posted  2010.06.16 / Wednesday ]

December 14, 1958

December 14th, 1958

Handel’s Messiah concert program – University of Nevada Gymnasium – Reno, Nevada – December 14, 1958.

Clayton Family Document from the Donald Clayton collection – This image is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

This program by the University-Community Symphonic Choir and Orchestra and the University Singers reflects a community life that no longer exists in America; a local concert with local talent that people enthusiastically attended rather than watching television or paying “big bucks” for “big name” entertainment.  The venue was the University of Nevada gymnasium, the largest venue in the State of Nevada at the time.

[First posted  2010.06.16 / Wednesday ]

December 13, 1958

December 13th, 1958

Mrs. Charles Russell invitation to a tea by Mrs. Charles Mapes – Reno, Nevada – December 13, 1958.

Clayton Family Document from the Donald Clayton collection – This image is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

This invitation to a tea benefiting the March of Dimes from the wife of Governor Charles H. Russell of Nevada was given to Lloydine Clayton.  Lloydine knew Mrs. Russell well due to various aspects of family employment and political activities in Carson City.  She knew Mrs. Mapes well due to her work with the Bowers Mansion Preservation and Restoration efforts.  Charles W. Mapes owned the Mapes Hotel and Casino and the Mapes Coffee Shop located at the SE corner of First & Virginia Streets in Reno, Nevada.

[First posted  2010.06.16 / Wednesday ]

December 4, 1958

December 4th, 1958

Peshawar Trip documentation – Kabul, Afghanistan – December 4, 1958.

Clayton Family Document from the Donald Clayton collection – This image is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

This “travel claim” is pertinent to Fred Clayton’s trip from Kabul, Afghanistan to Peshawar, Pakistan for the purpose of picking up his 1955 Mercury Station wagon that was shipped from Washington D.C. to Peshawar for his use while in Afghanistan pursuant to ICA employment contract provisions.

The trip to Peshawar was via ICA Staff Car – taking about 11 hours.  The return trip was via Fred driving the Mercury Station wagon – Fred’s trip took 9.5 hours.  Tony Olonecheck is referenced as he had the same difficulties Fred did in getting his vehicle released by the storage garage in Pakistan.

[First posted  2010.06.16 / Wednesday ]

December 1, 1958

December 1st, 1958

10 of the Projects of ICA in Afghanistan – circa 1958.

Clayton Family Document from the Donald Clayton collection – This image is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

This list shows the project ID numbers and the ICA USOM/A person in charge of the specific project.  Actually, several projects often fell within the parameters suggested by this list; and as you will see by subsequent documents the “scope” of the parameters was often changing.

Projects pertinent to the identification of and development of (exploitation of) Mineral Resources and coal production in Afghanistan was in the hands of Robert Davis in 1958.  This is perhaps interesting to consider in light of the release last week of the U.S. Military assessment of the potential (in 2010) of the Mineral Resources of Afghanistan.

This thing goes a long way back folks!

[First posted  2010.06.16 / Wednesday ]

October 15, 1958

October 15th, 1958

H.A. Swanson memorandum to Gordon Strong (U.S. Embassy) – Kabul, Afghanistan – October 15, 1958.

Clayton Family Document from the Donald Clayton collection – This image is contributed to the Public Domain under the parameters of Qala Bist Blue.

This is a memorandum between ICA and the United States Embassy regarding the Torkham – Jalalabad (Afghanistan) road paving project.  Sarobi, Afghanistan is site of second (oil) asphalt operation.  This project extends the paved road from the border of Afghanistan/Pakistan west to the Afghan city of Jalalabad.

[First posted  2010.06.17 / Thursday ]

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