circa 1919 · Siberia
This album contains 127 photographs and 28 mostly real photo postcards (RPPC) created using various photographic and photomechanical processes including silver gelatin, collotype, carbon, half-tone, etc. All but two of the photos and eight of the postcards relate to the U.S. Army's participation in the occupation of Siberia as part of the Allied Intervention in the Russian Revolution. The photographs and album are in very nice shape.
Seven photographs are soldier portraits: two show soldiers in heavy winter gear, one shows a soldier with a K Company, 31st Infantry Regiment collar device, and one shows a soldier with an unusual "S" over "AEF" Siberian shoulder patch unlike the standard "Polar Bear" sleeve insignia usually worn by members of the expeditionary force.
Other photographs are of American soldiers repairing destroyed railroad tracks, debarking from a river barge, at rifle practice, corralling horses, chopping wood, hip-deep in snow and in what must be the heaviest coat and furriest mittens ever made.
Additional images show a tent city, boxcars, supplies and equipment, a camel caravan, a ship being unloaded, coolies using shoulder yokes to carry heavy loads, a number of soldiers from various White Russian units and probably the Czech Legion, Cossacks, two men (probably Bolsheviks) with bound hands, an execution (probably of a Bolshevik), White Russian cavalry fording a stream, Russian peasants from various ethnic groups, and much more.
Some of the RPPC images (which are captioned in Russian and/or English) show Americans entering Vladivostok, their initial tent camp at Vladivostok, Vladivostok street and harbor scenes, the Flag Ship "Brooklyn," and the Vladivostok Army-Navy YMCA.
All 31st Infantry and other regimental photograph albums from Siberia during the Allied Intervention are very scarce; this one is no exception. (Inventory #: 009073)