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Ray Poindexter Model Drawings Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 2008-08-07
The Ray Poindexter Model Drawings Collection is comprised of materials relating to Poindexter's model-building of World War II Japanese and American ships during and after his World War II United States Army service. It includes three original drawings of World War II ships, an identification manual, and a post-war hand-made display sign about the models.

Poindexter drew all three drawings in pencil on oddly-shaped pieces of paper; one is of a submarine and the other two are ships. The submarine drawing is about 12x7" and includes front and back artwork. One of the ship drawings, possibly a destroyer, is about 17.5x8.5". It includes nothing on the reverse, but has "Prelude to G Minor Rorkonifoff [sic]" handwritten on front next to ship. The last ship drawing is about 21.5x7". Handwritten on the reverse is "Hooray best o'luck folks greet." These lines are drawn through and below them it continues "Best o'luck folks! Best wishes best wishes always for happiness." The first "Best wishes" is underlined.

There is also an identification manual Aerial Views of Japanese Ships O.N.I. 42 issued by the Office of Chief of Naval Operations, Division of Naval Intelligence, 1941. Poindexter used this to help create his drawings and ship models.

Lastly, there is a hand-lettered display sign, likely created by Poindexter post-World War II, used to identify nine specific ship models; seven Japanese and two American, and provide background on how and when the models were built. The sign is 16.5x22" and includes hand-drawn Japanese and American flags above the list of models the sign was paired with.

Japanese flag:
  • Battleship - Haruna class
  • Cruiser - Natori class
  • Cruiser - Atago class
  • Cruiser - Kako class
  • Destroyer - Shinonome class
  • Submarine I-5 (Aircraft aboard)
  • Soryu - Aircraft carrier

American flag:
  • U.S.S. Salt Lake - Cruiser
  • U.S.S. Maury - Destroyer


  • 1941-1945


Language of Materials

All materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research and is accessible in the Dahlberg Research Center by appointment. For more information contact us.

Conditions Governing Use

The Museum of Flight (TMOF) Archives is the owner of the physical materials in the archives and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from TMOF archives before any publication use. TMOF does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.


0.25 Cubic Feet (1 letter size folder and 1 oversize folder)

Biographical Note: Ray Poindexter

Ray Poindexter joined the United States Army on July 24, 1942. In 1945, Poindexter was stationed at Adak Island (Aleutian Islands, Alaska). He was discharged on February 1, 1946. Poindexter's rank upon leaving the service was "TEC5 [Technician, 5th grade] Engineers-Artist." No further information is known.


Biography derived from donor information.

Separated Materials

The following items has been separated from the archival component and are kept in Objects storage:

  • 14 handmade World War II ship models, wood. Constructed by donor during and after World War II.


Guide to the Ray Poindexter Model Drawings Collection
Completed - Level 2
J. Parent
Description rules
Language of description
Edition statement
1st edition

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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