Monday, October 31, 2011

Fort Slocum

John Yeria at Fort Slocum, New York. He is wearing a trench watch. Before the war wristwatches were deemed feminine and not widely worn by men. Returning veterans popularized them after the war.

Friday, October 28, 2011

US National Guard before the war

Fred Waller and company of the 1st Wisconsin Infantry while on maneuvers in Texas. The Wisconsin and Michigan National Guard were combined to form the 32nd Division during the war.

The Indiana National Guard was part of the 38th Division along with units from Kentucky and West Virginia.

The Alabama, Florida, and Georgia National Guard were combined into the 31st Division.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Doughboys in studios

At first glance I thought that these two cards were taken in the same studio with different back drops because of the chairs. On closer inspection the chairs are similar but not the same.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Bon Souvenir

French soldiers preparing a meal. Not a mobile kitchen but the stoves are set up outside so this would be somewhere near the front lines.

Fixing a roof

Some German soldiers repairing a roof while the officers stand by and watch.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Army band in Brest

Most of the American troops coming to France disembarked in Brest.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Studio props

Three photographs all taken in studios in the United States. Three increasingly complex props.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Royal Army Medical Corps

A member of the Royal Army Medical Corps. Picture stamped on the back "KIME" photographer Newport IW.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Cuisine en Camp

Members of the 171e Regiment in their camp kitchen.

Some Germans having a meal in camp of dried vegetables.

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Army Cyclist Corps

A Lance Corporal in the Army Cyclist Corps with his mother. The 14 cyclist battalions of the Territorial Forces that existed before the war were incorporated in the Army Cyclist Corps in 1915. The Cyclist Corps was disbanded in 1919.
Photograph taken by Scott at 53 Leytonstone Road.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Fort Slocum

A group from Fort Slocum. An army post that opened in 1896 and was used during the war as a recruit depot. Approximately 140,000 soldiers were process here.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Pellett Brothers

Elmer and Orville were engineers.

Khaki Drill

A group from the Royal Field Artillery in Khaki Drill uniforms. They all are wearing Wolseley Pattern Helmets. Also known as pith helmets, foreign service helmets or Bombay bowlers.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sturmpanzerwagen A7V

The German Sturmpanzerwagen A7V "Elfriede" captured by the French in April of 1918. It was the first German tank to be captured. Shown here on display in Paris.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

USS Lawrence

The USS Lawrence was a Bainbridge class destroyer. During the war she first guarded the entrance to the Panama Canal and then operated as a coastal escort off Key West. She was converted to a merchant ship after the war.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


American soldiers in France needed someplace to take leave. The French could go home. The English could with some effort get a boat across the channel. This bandsman from the 77th Division was sent to Aix-les-Bains. A popular spa town before the war Aix-les-Bains was used by the AEF as a leave center.

Monday, October 10, 2011


Some Danish soldiers enjoying their second round of pilsners. Denmark remained neutral during the war.

Gefangene Franzosen aus den Vogesen.

French prisoners from the Vosges. Mulhouse is in the province of Alsace. It was under German control before the war. The French started their war effort on August 9th, 1914 with an attack on Mulhouse in order to recapture the province lost in the Franco-Prussian War. These prisoners are not from the initial attack as evidenced by their Adrian helmets that were introduced in 1915.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Hohenzollern Bridge

A German postcard belonging to an American referencing the British. The British occupation of Cologne started in December of 1918. They left in 1926.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The convict on the right

Beneath the residue of a photo album page it reads "The convict on the right is Pvt. W. B. McIntyre of 416 W. 5th St. Texarkana, Texas". They are members of an Artillery unit.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Souvenir le Allemagne

Four French soldiers from the 53rd Regiment in Germany after the war. The Allies occupied the Rhineland for a number of years as a buffer between France and Germany.