Colonel George Burling Jarrett was an amazing man, who had an incredible influence on the small arms community in the 20th Century and up to today. His collection of weapons and ordnance at “The Farm” in New Jersey in the 1920s led to his displays on the Steel Pier in Atlantic City, and eventually to his forming the collection at Aberdeen Proving Ground after his amazing service in World War II. You can read the stories about Col. Jarrett via the links below:
George Burling Jarrett – By R. Blake Stevens (January 2012)
George Burling Jarrett: The Origins of Modern U.S. Ordnance Technical Intelligence- Part I – By R. Blake Stevens (August 2011)
George Burling Jarrett: The Origins of Modern U.S. Ordnance Technical Intelligence- Part II – By R. Blake Stevens (September 2011)
An Appreciation: George Burling Jarrett (1901 – 1974) – Part III – By R. Blake Stevens (October 2011)
At Chipotle Publishing in our physical reference library, we have thousands of photographs, documents, glass plate negatives, that Col. Jarrett made starting in the 1920s until his death in 1974. We will try to bring them all to you eventually on SmallArmsReview.com.
This first sequence “The Farm-1937” is a series of photos where Jarrett and his friends would get together once a year during the Great Depression, and have shoots and reenactments with his massive collection of weapons, planes, and tanks. Sort of a Knob Creek event for the times, and it shows that the urge to get together with friends and collections and just have some fun shooting is nothing new…
There are few small arms writers in the latter half of the 20th Century that were not inspired or influenced by Col. Jarrett- from Tom Nelson to Fred Datig to Dan Musgrave to Blake Stevens, Col. Jarrett’s influence lives on. If you have Jarrett stories, or can add information to the caption of these photos, please let us know.