Massachusetts, Virginia, France: [circa 1917].
Unbound. An archive of 85 sepia-toned or black and white photographs measuring between 6½" x 8½" and 8" x 10", some with captions on the verso. All are very good or better with some curling and edgewear.
A collection of 85 press photographs recording events during World War I, some of which include the stamp of Massachusetts photographers, A. W. Plummer and E. Morgan Savage and “Photo News Service,” on the verso. The images show recruiting, soldiers shipping off, and volunteers selling war bonds, among others. One photo shows a group of women and soldiers posed outside of the British-Canadian Recruiting Mission for National Theatre Day with the Red Cross. Another photo shows two women in a car holding signs reading “United State Government 2nd Liberty Loan of 1917 Buy Your Liberty Bond Today.” Men are seen in line to register for the army, kissing their girls' goodbye, and waving from train cars. Crowds are seen listening to speeches advocating for the war, at a parade, and wishing well to soldiers. Soldiers are additionally seen at camps and battlefields including one where a company has written "Merry Christmas" in the snow. They are seen in tents, during mail call, and in formation on a field. One image from a battlefield in France features a caption in the negative which reads, “members of an Engineer’s Division repairing roads which were torn up by shell fire. Note: A single tree was left standing in the stretch of woods.” Dignitaries and officers are also featured throughout the photographs including one with a caption on the verso that reads, “Japanese Mission at State House Viscount Ki- kujiro Ishii, Governor Samuel McCall (State of Massachusetts), and Almaro Sato.”
An interesting archive of press photography documenting events during World War I.