[INTERESTING GROUP OF FORTY PHOTOGRAPHS RELATING TO WORLD WAR I, ALONG WITH A SOLDIER'S BILLET FOR PASSAGE ON THE U.S.S. PEERLESS]
1915·Mostly Germany and France
by [World War I Photographica]
Mostly Germany and France, 1915. Forty photographs and one printed Troop Billet. Various sizes. Minor wear to a few photographs. Overall very good. An interesting grouping of photographs relating to World War I. The preponderence of the photographs feature French locations, with scenes of battle-scarred buildings, officers and servicemen posed at various locations, soldiers in camp or in the field, one photo showing casualties in the field, and more. A handful of the images are captioned on the verso in French. Fifteen portrait CDVs of soldiers are included, likely German soldiers based on the studios at which they were produced, and the few notations in German on the verso. These soldiers and officers perhaps served in France during the hostilities. Along with these photographs are six silver gelatin photographs of American artillery equipment used in the First World War. Two of the photographs are captioned in print, identifying the machines as a "75mm Gun Carriage, Model of 1916" and "Artillery Tractor, 45 H.P. Holt, Armored. Right Front View. Armor doors closed." Also included in this group is a small printed card, a Troop Billet for a U.S. Navy soldier aboard the U.S.S. Peerless. The card is stamped with the soldier's location on-board, with him assigned to "Compartment B3, Hatch B, Deck 3, Bunk Number 420, Parade Station near Hatch A, Weather Deck PORT Side." The card is printed with general orders and instructions to follow in case of an emergency at sea. The U.S.S. Peerless was chartered by the U.S. Navy in 1917 for service in World War I, and made one trip to France as part of the Naval Overseas Transport Service. A nice collection of World War I photographica, with a rare printed artifact from an American midshipman.
(Inventory #: WRCAM50708)
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