Anamosa, Iowa: [circa 1917].
Hardcover. Quarto measuring 8" x 11". Screwbound red leather and black cloth over boards. Contains 72 sepia-toned or black and white silver gelatin photographs measuring between 3" x 4" and 5" x 6½" with captions. Good only album with rubbing, tears, and edgewear with very good or better photographs.
A photo album compiled as a “News Reel” by a high school student following Liberty Bond efforts in their town in Iowa during World War I. A typed introduction reads “we take great pleasure in presenting our first News Reel. Naturally at this time it is given over mostly to war subjects and will so continue until the end of the war.” Throughout the album are photos of Lieutenant George Howard who was part of the Liberty Bond and recruiting effort. Also included are numerous shots of parades with women’s groups, musical groups (including a prison band), and children waving flags. The introduction continues, “We would especially call your attention to the views showing the girls wearing the 3rd Liberty Loan silk flags.” The album reveals that they did an excellent job selling war bonds, loans, and War Savings Stamps writing, “Uncle Sam can bank on Iowa as we are with him body, soul, and pocket book.” One image shows a group of soldiers departing on a train; another shows the “Village Drum Corps.” The album also features photographs from the camp of the 20th Field Artillery showing officers posed with their horses. One photo is captioned, “Lieutenant Howard and Paul Thompson ready for action. A fine pair of horses.” Later in the album a vignette entitled “Our Soldier Boy” features portraits of a soldier in various uniforms with typed captions detailing the scene. The final pages show another parade with drafted men and children waving flags, with crowds cheering them on. The last photo shows a group of townspeople in Red Cross charity hats with a caption reporting they made $800 in sales.
An evocative collection of images showing a small town enthusiastically aiding in the war effort.