1919 · Massachusettes
by STARR, Edward C.
Massachusettes, 1919. Hardcover. Near Fine. An archive pertaining to Edward C. Starr who was part of the American Protective League during World War I. Included are pins for Savings stamps, a patch for the U.S. War Savings Service, a member identification card for the Protective League, programs, paperwork, and other ephemera for his time with the league. Starr was an active participate of organizations on the home-front including the U.S. War Savings Service and the American Protective League. The APL began in 1917 and was "an organization of private citizens that worked with Federal law enforcement agencies during the World War I era to identify suspected German sympathizers and to counteract the activities of radicals, anarchists, anti-war activists, and left-wing labor and political organizations." The organization claimed that it had "250,000 members in 600 cities" and was started by Chicago advertising executive, A.M. Briggs, who believed the Justice Department was "severely understaffed." One memo from 1919 featured here reads, "as you know, the American Protective League was formerly disbanded Feb 1st. We all feel that it would be a mistake to disband without holding a final get-together meeting and accordingly have planned a banquet to be held at Litchfield on the evening of March 14th, 1919."
Starr additionally devoted his time to the U.S. War Savings Service, his patch and three button are included here. He helped sell thrift stamps as well as Liberty Loans, a quota chart for Massachusetts is seen here. Thrift stamps were sold to help with the 32 billion dollar estimated cost of the war. The pins included here read, "I Sell Thrift Stamps Ask Me," "Save/Serve W.S.S.," "War Savings W.S.S. Service." Also included are three programs for a French Military Band concert and a postcard.
A modest but interesting collection of ephemera pertaining to a man's contributions to the home-front during World War I. (Inventory #: 414126)