Charles H. Abbott photographs

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University Library
University of California, Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, California, 95064
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Charles H. Abbott photographs

Collection number: MS 110

The University Library

Special Collections

University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, California

Contact Information:

  • Special Collections and Archives
  • University Library
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz, California, 95064
  • Email: specoll@library.ucsc.edu
  • URL: http://library.ucsc.edu/speccoll/
Processed by:
M. Carey,
Date Completed:
November 2009
Encoded by:
M. Carey
© 1999 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Charles H. Abbott photographs,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1915-1935
Collection number: MS 110
Origination: Abbott, Charles H. (Charles Henry)
Collection Size: 4 photograph boxes
Repository: University of California, Santa Cruz. University Library. Special Collections and Archives
Santa Cruz, California 95064
Abstract: This collection contains photographs taken by Abbott during his tour of duty as a member of the 23rd Engineers in Europe during and after WWI.
Physical location: Stored in Special Collections & Archives: Advance notice is required for access to the collection.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Preferred Citation

Charles H. Abbott photographs, MS 110, Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Charles Abbott.

Biography

Charles Henry Abbott was born in small lumber town of Cambro, Michigan in 1894. The family moved west to Portland, Oregon when he was young. He lived there until after high school when he followed his brother to Hawaii to work on a pineapple plantation. While in Hawaii, he served in the Hawaiian National Guard. On Nov. 16, 1917 he was drafted into the Army, 23d Engineers. The next four years were spent on the front lines of WWI in Europe. During and after the end of the WWI, Chuck photographed the war torn landscape. After the war he traveled throughout Europe and eventually ended up in New York, where he formed Chas. H. Abbott Photography and marketed sets of the war photos. With money from the sale of the photographic sets he was able to open an exotic bird shop on Fifth Avenue with his German partner. The business prospered until the Depression in Germany destroyed the trade in exotic birds.
While in New York, Charles met and married the daughter of a wealthy rug merchant and had a daughter. When the pet shop closed, the Abbotts moved to Florida and opened "Abott's Joint", a dance hall and casino on the coast. The hurricane of 1928 destroyed the dance hall and ended the first marriage. Mrs. Abbott and their baby daughter went back to New York, and Chuck, at the request of his sister, came west to Carmel, California. In Carmel, he opened a small coffee shop on Main Street. After approximately five years in business and with the realization that the coffee shop was a dead end, he was persuaded move to Palm Springs by Nellie Coffman, proprietor of the Desert Inn. There he became known as the "Cowboy Host". He would serve up breakfast rides and barbecues for the rich and famous patrons of the Desert Inn, regaling them with stories and cowboy songs. The breakfasts and dinners became such a hit that during the off-season, he traveled to the East Coast to host "Cowboy" dinners for the wealthy EAst Coast patrons.
In the late 1939 or so, Chuck was hired by the Tucson Sunshine Club to be the "Cowboy Photographer", the handsome Stetson wearing photographer who specialized in taking pictures of important people visiting the Tucson resorts. The photos would be sent to their hometown papers, bringing publicity to Tucson. Local Tucson photographers were furious that the Sunshine Club didn't hire one of their own and formed a committee to protest the hiring of Chuck Abbott. Esther Henderson, co-owner of one of the town's most well-known photography studio was elected chairwoman. She protested Abbott's hiring but was told it was too late to do anything about it. Chuck was warned about the protest and went to see her to smooth the waters. Esther at first refused to see him, but later went for drinks. The next weekend they went on a picnic, taking their cameras to shoot pictures together and within two months, they were married.
They remained in Tucson, raising two sons, Carl and Mark, and working as free-lance photographers and for "Arizona Highways". On vacations they would travel around the country documenting the rise of "the mall" in America and "Downtown Ecology". In 1962 the Abbotts retired to Santa Cruz, California. There they fought to revitalize the downtown, advocating for a pedestrian mall and saving the Victorian houses that remained. In 1965, when their son Mark was drowned while body surfing in the waters off Lighthouse Point, the Abbotts decided to donate a lighthouse to the city in honor of their son. Five years earlier, the city had purchased all of the lighthouse property except for the area immediately around the still active wooden Coast Guard tower. In 1967, the Mark Abbott Memorial Lighthouse was built adjacent to the wooden tower that it would replace. The lantern room from the decommissioned Oakland Harbor Lighthouse was used atop the new lighthouse, and Mark's ashes were buried at the base of the tower. Chuck known as the "Father of the Mall", died in 1973. Esther lived on in their original home, alongside her son, daughter-in-law and grandsons until her death in 2003.

Scope and Content of Collection

This collection contains photographs taken by Charles H. Abbott during his tour of duty in the 23rd Engineers during World War I. These photographs constitute the "Overseas War Views", photograph sets produced and sold by Abbott after the war. Also included are two postcard sets of "war views" collected by Abbott, one for the French public and one for the German public.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Abbott, C. H.--Archives
World War, 1914-1918--Pictorial source
Photographs, black and white


Collection Contents

 

Series 1 Overseas War Views, ca. 1914-1921

Physical Description: 3 boxes, 275 gelatin silver photographs

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains Chuck Abbott's photographs of World War I Europe. Orignally published in three sets, these photographs were taken by Abbott during and after his tour of duty and sold as sets to the American public upon his return to New York after the war.

Arrangement

The photographs are arranged by set.
Box 1-2

Set 1 ca. 1914-1921

Physical Description: # 1-100 Gelatin silver photographs approx. 2" x 3" with some 3" x 4"

Series Scope and Content Summary

Set 1 contains 100 views of Toul Sector, St. Mihiel, Woevre Plains and famous Verdun Front. The captions are donor provided.
The photographs are arranged by box number: photograph number
Box-Photo 1:1

Joan of Arc church seen thru shell hole in wall, Pont-à-Mousson ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:2

Bridge at Pont-à-Mousson blown up by French to stop German advance ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:3

German prisoners carrying timbers to repair Pont-à-Mousson bridge ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:4

Camouflaged road near Seicheprey ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:5

Camouflaged concrete tree stump used as lookout, Regnieville ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:6

Church at Limey and old French woman first to come back ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:7

Bridge let down by French to stop Germans, Flirey ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:8

Camouflaged road between Limey and Montauville ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:9

Church at Beaumont after Battle of 1914 ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:10

Church at Beaumont after American offensive in 1918 ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:11

Shell torn farm, St. Mihiel sector ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:12

French battle plane brought down near Thiaucourt ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:13

Amex rolling kitchen at the Front ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:14

Montsec and German 1.55 captured by 168 Infantry ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:15

French dugout city on road between Marbotte and St. Agnant ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:16

Entrance to Hindenburg tunnel thru Montsec ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:17

Shell hole in path around Montsec ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:18

Steel covered trench around Montsec ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:19

Concrete trench in the famous Hindenburg line, Apremont ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:20

Trench after American bombardment, Apremont ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:21

Dugouts on road between Macrin and Marbotte ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:22

Ruined village of Apremont ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:23

French soldiers cemetery, Marbotte ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:24

Sea-sick Yanks homeward bound ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:25

Observation balloon (Sausage) at the Front ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:26

"Poppies in No Mans Land", 14 inch and 3 inch duds ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:27

Bosche dummy tank at Billy ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:28

Church hit by bomb, Jonville ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:29

German prison camp at Jonville ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:30

President Poincairé's Chateau shelled by Germans, Sampigny ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:31

Shell hole in a hole at Lerouville ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:32

Anti-aircraft shell in tree, Buxières ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:33

English tank captured by Germans ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:34

American plane that fell near Lamorville ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:35

The ex Kaiser handing out Iron Crosses ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:36

Fort du Camp des Romains near St. Mihiel ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:37

Church shelled by Germans in 1914, St. Agnant ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:38

Scene on one of St. Mihiel's streets ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:39

Bridge over Meuse blown up to stop German advance. Barbed wire at approach to temporary bridge, built by American soldiers ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:40

St. Mihiel, held four years by Germans ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:41

Shell holes in church at Marbotte ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:42

Trench filled with water, Woevre Plains ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:43

Barrier on main Verdun-Metz road blown out by Yanks ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:44

Ruined church at Haudiomont ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:45

Communication trench in Manheulles ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:46

French front line outpost, near Vaux ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:47

German narrow gauge railroad ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:48

Mine field for tanks, 10 inch shells in boxes Ville-en-Woevre ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:49

German ammunition dump, Villers ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:50

Church in ruins at Le Thillot ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:51

German gun emplacement near Deuxnouds ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:52

Communication trench near Maizeray, ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:53

Part of The famous "Hindenburg Line", Apremont Forest ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:54

German lookout and M.G. [machine gun] nest in tree near St. Remy ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:55

Long range rifle pit used by Germans to shell Verdun, near Vaux ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:56

Dead German soldiers, Suezy ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:57

Shell hole filled with water large enough for swimming pool, near Deuxnouds ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:58

German narrow gauge and observation post on hill back of Deuxnouds ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:59

Ludendorf's quarters in St. Mihiel salient, Deuxnoud ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:60

Church used as M.G. [machine gun] nest, Lacroix ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:61

Tomb hit by shell, Fesnes ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:62

Reinforced concrete pill-box near Mars-la-Tour ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:63

Concrete M.G.[machine gun] nest in trench back of Vigneulles ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:64

Concrete entrance to dugout near Essey ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:65

French tanks crossing trench ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:66

Reinforced concrete pill-box, Fresnes ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:67

German automobile, springs used in place of pneumatic tires ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:68

French battle plane forced to land in Meuse, propeller broken ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:69

Submarine drill aboard American transport ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:70

French heavy artillery mounted on railroad trucks ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:71

Direct hit on German tank, and captured Germans going by, St. Mihiel drive ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:72

German battle plane ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:73

French soldiers training trench dogs ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:74

Gun pits in walls around Verdun ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:75

Walls around city of Verdun ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:76

Ruins of Fort Douaumont, held six months by Germans ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:77

Fort Douaumont, continuously shelled for eight months by Germans ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:78

Fort Tavennes successfully held by French against Crown Prince's army ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:79

Dead Man's Hill, near Verdun ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:80

German ammunition for long range gun, Vaux ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:81

German caisson on Dead Man's Hill ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:82

Crown Prince's tunnel thru Dead Man's Hill ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:83

Bones of dead Germans near Fort Douaumont ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:84

Walls of forts around Verdun ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:85

Outer forts of Verdun ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:86

German anti-tank defense concrete posts and 2 inch cable ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:87

American troop train on way to Brest ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:88

Steps leading up to Belleville Cathedral, Verdun ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:89

Chatel Gate, Verdun ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 1:90

Scene showing ruins in Verdun ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:91

Looking over ruined houses in Verdun ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:92

Truck convoy, Sampigny ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:93

The town crier in a French village ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:94

German prisoners cleaning up museum in Verdun ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:95

French barracks in Commercy ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:96

Ruins on main street of Verdun ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:97

Galavaudes bridge, blown up by German shell fire many times, Verdun ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:98

German prisoners, Verdun ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:99

Entrance to underground city in Verdun ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:100

Chause Gate, Verdun ca. 1914-1921

box 1-2

Set 2 ca. 1914-1921

Physical Description: # 101-200 Gelatin silver photographs approx. 2" x 3" with some 3" x 4"

Series Scope and Content Summary

Set 2 contains 100 views of Étain, Argonne Forest, Reims, Soissons, Château Thierry and French Fronts. The captions are donor provided.
The photographs are arranged by box number: photograph number.
Box-Photo 2:101

Damage done by Allied bomb in railroad yards at Conflans ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:102

Ammunition dump and salvage pile at Rarecourt ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:103

Trench and M.G. [machine gun] nest near Lancon ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:104

Barn hit by shell at Malancourt ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:105

Machine gun ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:106

German battle plane ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:107

Machine gun nest in woods near Montfaucon ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:108

German soldier asleep, rat eating bread ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:109

German wire entanglements in house at Fleville ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:110

French house bit by shell, Clermont ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:111

Shell hole in church at Neuvilly ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:112

Bridge over Aire river blown up by retreating Germans, Varennes ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:113

Varennes in ruins ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:114

Rotary motor of English plane that fell near Champigneulles ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:115

Ruins of Varennes cathedral ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:116

Road sign as you enter Varennes ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:117

Bridge over mine crater on main road to Argonne ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:118

Aire river and ruins of Varennes ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:119

A direct hit on German caisson, near Charpentry ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:120

German ammunition house on narrow gauge near Buzancy ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:121

American wagon convoy headed for the front ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:122

Remains of French battle plane near Villers ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:123

American long range naval gun mounted on railroad trucks ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:124

Pontanenzen barracks built and used by Napoleon ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:125

Dugout and machine gun nest in Hindenburg's famous concrete "Line" Apremont ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:126

No Man's Land near Dun s/Meuse ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:127

Four American graves in a shell hole near St. George ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:128

"Cootie inspection" at Le Mans forwarding camp ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:129

How the Yanks dug in back of St. Juvin ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:130

Six-inch long range rifle going through Charpentry, October drive ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:131

Scene showing destruction as you enter Grand Pré ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:132

Ruined church in St. Juvin ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:133

German heavy artillery ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:134

Main street of Grand Pré after American bombardment ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:135

Military bridge over Aisne river at Vousiers ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:136

Camouflaged concrete dugouts in Argonne Forest near Autry ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:137

Direct hit on German field kitchen at St. Juvin ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:138

Ruined church at Champigneulles ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:139

Monument to honor first Division near Fleville ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:140

American plane that fell between St. George and St. Juvin ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:141

French peasants first to return to Grand Pre ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:142

Concrete gun pit near Stenay ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:143

Camouflage over fresh dirt, Argonne forest ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:144

Heroes of the Argonne near Aubreville ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:145

Three French graves near Bourcq ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:146

Pack inspection, Le Mans ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:147

French armored motor car ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:148

Airplane in searchlight, Toul ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:149

Scene in a trench near Fort Douaumont ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:150

"Done my bit" in the Argonne ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:151

Graves of fourteen American boys that fell near St. George ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:152

An American plane brought down in the Argonne ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:153

Trench scene near Cheppy ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:154

French mosquito tank ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:155

"War is Hell" ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:156

Four American doughboys in a shell hole ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:157

Trench in no Man's Land near Viery ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:158

Ruins in center of Étain ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:159

Gasoline motor locomotive used in front line trenches ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:160

Church at Étain after bombardment ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:161

Scene at the bridge in Étain ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:162

Ruins on the main street of Étain ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:163

French Shosho gunners grave near Vousiers ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:164

Mined trees on main road, Verdun to Étain ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:165

Ruins at Dun s/Meuse ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:166

Famous American aviator is buried here near Charney ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:167

German observation balloon ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:168

French patrol going under barbed wire ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:169

Shell hole in house at Stenay ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:170

Camouflage on bridge near Château Thierry ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:171

Direct hit on two German tanks ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:172

Mine exploding, Château Thierry ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:173

Tanks going forward for an attack near Soissons ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:174

French soldiers near Reims ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:175

French machine gun nests near Reims ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:176

Concrete pill-box near Mézières ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:177

The Marne below Château Thierry ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:178

Rails dynamited by Germans when they retreated across Vesle ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:179

Camouflaged road near Château Thierry ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:180

Remains of an airplane that fell near Château Thierry ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:181

Dead German machine gunner near Belleu Woods ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:182

German observation post and machine gun nest, Belleu Woods ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:183

German reinforced concrete pill-box, Belleu Woods ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:184

Bridge over Marne at Château Thierry, blown up by American engineers ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:185

Camouflaged concrete machine gun nest near Soissons ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:186

French soldiers in Front Line trench near St. Quentin ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:187

Gassed German ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:188

Crown Prince reviewing his troops ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:189

French troops making attack, Château Thierry ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:190

"Nine Good Germans" ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:191

Generals Foch and Pershing ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:192

An English Red Cross worker in the Argonne ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:193

Scene aboard American transport ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:194

Dirigible that meets all convoys, Brest ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:195

Yanks, searching German prisoners, Château Thierry drive ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:196

Yanks bringing in German Colonel, Château Thierry drive ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:197

French general pinning citations on soldiers ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:198

German Big Bertha, used in shelling Paris, Crepy-en-Vallais ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:199

The ruined cathedral at Soissons ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:200

Rheims under bombardment ca. 1914-1921

box 2-3

Set 3 ca. 1914-1921

Physical Description: # 201-275, Gelatin silver photographs, approx. 2" x 3" with some 3" x 4"

Series Scope and Content Summary

Set 3 contains 75 views of French Cities, Picturesque France, Leave Areas, Forwarding Camps and Transports. The captions are donor provided.
The photographs are arranged by box number: photograph number.
Box-Photo 2:201

Quaint old lady of Britanny ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:201a

Inner Brest Harbor swinging bridge ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:202

Torpedoed transport in drydock at Brest ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:203

Pontenazen barracks, built and used by Napoleon ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:204

Channel fishing boats, Brest ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:205

Street scene in Brest ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:206

Girls costume in Britanny ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:207

A gentleman of old Britanny ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:208

Parisienne beauty ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:209

"Cootie" inspection, Le Mans ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:210

[there is no #210]

Box-Photo 2:211

Tent city, Le Mans ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:212

Harbor scene, Monte Carlo ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:213

The old wash hole, Brest ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:214

Statue of King Chevert, Verdun ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:215

A column of home bound Yanks, Pontenazen Camp ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:216

German bombing plane used in Paris raids ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:217

Marines quarters in tent city, Pontenazen barracks ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:218

Barracks in large American Cantonment, Camp Devens ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:219

A Sunday joy ride in Britanny ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:220

The Casino, Monte Carlo ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:221

American flag in foreign waters, Brest ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:222

Street scene in Bordeaux ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:223

Troop train bound for Brest ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:224

L'Arc de Triumphe, Paris ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 2:225

Art Museum and statuary at entrance to zoological gardens, Marseille ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:226

Chateau d'ef, the island where Monte Cristo was imprisoned ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:227

Marguerite barracks near Commercy ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:228

Scene abroad British transport carrying American troops home ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:229

President Poincaré making victory speech ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:230

Home bound Yanks boarding ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:231

Ox drawn plow in vineyard near Bordeaux ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:232

Scars on wall where Napoleon shot prisoners, Pontenazen barracks ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:233

Cells where Napoleon kept his prisoners before executing them, Pontenazen barracks ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:234

Lighter carrying home bound Yanks to transport, Brest ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:235

Ruins of St. Matheu Cathedral, destroyed by English in 1200 ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:236

Brest harbor ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:237

Harvest scene near Brest ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:238

Typical farm scene in old Britanny ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:239

French soldiers in Toul ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:240

Interior of twelve million franc cathedral, Marseille ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:241

Old Roman watch tower, Nimes ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:242

Church where Joan of Arc first worshiped ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:243

Joan of Arc's home, Domremy ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:244

Statue of Joan of Arc in room where she was born, Domremy ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:245

Scene on Paris-Strausburg canal near Commercy ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:246

Church at Vertuzey-Meuse, built in 1100 A.D. ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:247

Temple Diana, Nimes, 14 B.C. ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:248

The old Roman baths, Nimes built in 14 B.C ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:249

Maisen Care and Roman Theatre built by Augustus Caesar, Nimes ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:250

Bridge over Paris-Strausburg canal, Commercy ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:251

Arena of old Roman amphitheatre, started in 14 B.C., Nimes ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:252

Two long range Krupp rifles on transport ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:253

Setting up exercises on transport ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:254

President Wilson bridge at Lyon ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:255

German prisoner at Lerouville, Meuse ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:256

American prison camp, Varennes ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:257

The cathedral at Toul ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:258

At the base of Gironde Monument, Bordeaux ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:259

Cranking a spad, Pagney ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:260

Nancy Gate, Toul ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:261

Winter scene in an American camp, Camp Meade ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:262

Old Roma amphitheatre, Nimes - started in 14 B.C. ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:263

American engineers working German prisoners on Verdun road ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:264

Scene aboard transport "At Ease" ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:265

Statue at Metz in honor of French soldiers in War of 1871 ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:266

Casino at Nice ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:267

Depot at Bordeaux - said to be the largest in the world ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:268

Old Roman aqueduct near Metz ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:269

Prison camp for German prisoners, Sampigny ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:270

Palace of Bath, Aix-le-Bains ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:271

Cathedral in Bordeaux ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:272

A modern chateau, Aix-le-Bains ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:273

Casino at Aix-le-Bains, second to casino in Monte Carlo in size ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:274

Room in casino in Aix-le-Bains, where Harry Thaw first shot at White ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:275

Cascade and mill in Aix-le-Bains ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:275a

[Shrine/altar] ca. 1914-1921

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Unidentified photographs ca. 1914-1921

Physical Description: 200, Gelatin silver photographs, approx. 2" x 3" with some 3" x 4"

Series Scope and Content Summary

This group of photographs are not part of the published sets although they were taken during the same time period. They document the activities of the troops, the troop ships and journey home and the damage and life in Europe after World War I.
The photographs are generally of poor quality and in poor condition. They have been given a consecutive number for identity purposes only.
Box-Photo 3:276

[Pavilion and ship] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:277

[Bridge, harbor, ships, brick tower] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:278

[Road, soldiers marching, Camp Headquarters sign] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:279

[Dock, ship's bow, flags] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:280

[Sailboat, steam ship] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:281

[Steamship - troop ship?] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:282

[Fishing boats, fisherman] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:283

[Sailboat, seaside town] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:284

[Soldiers playing baseball] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:285

[Soldiers walking, American Red Cross, home station] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:286

[Army camp, raised sidewalks] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:287

[Camp, soldiers, raised sidewalks] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:288

[Army camp, soldiers, road, raised sidewalks] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:289

Camp buildings, dirigibles] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:290

[Dirigible, tree tops] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:291

[Fence, tree top, dirigible in sky] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:292

[Side of ship, tug boat] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:293

[Castle tower bridge, green house] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:294

[Ship at Sea] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:295

[Soldiers strolling, woman & 2 girls, barracks, raised sidewalks] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:296

[Soldiers' duffle bags & rifles awaiting departure] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:297

[Soldier, tents] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:298

[Soldier, loading big gun, ammunition] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:299

[Soldiers posing for photographer] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:300

[Seaside town, steamship, submarine] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:301

[Harbor, ships, castle] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:302

[Dock buildings] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:303

[Dock buildings, harbor, boat] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:304

[Buildings, bridge, crane] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:305

[Destroyed building, fields] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:306

"Soldatenheim" - Soldiers Home ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:307

[Crane] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:308

[Destroyed train cars] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:309

[Destroyed buildings - church?] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:310

[Observation blind] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:311

[Biplane] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:312

[Bombed building] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:313

[Harbor view of ships] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:314

[View of valley, buildings, fields] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:315

[Troop ship] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:316

[Buildings, road, barracks] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:317

[Dock, buildings, boats] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:318

[Turrett, town hall] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:319

[Bomb shelter entrance] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:320

[Harbor, dock buildings, boats] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:321

[Harbor property, buildings] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:322

[Ruined house] ca. 1914-1921

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Postcards ca. 1914-1921

Physical Description: 50, Black and white photographic postcards, approx. 3.5" x 5.5"

Series Scope and Content Summary

This sub-series contains photographic postcards made from various Abbott photographs, both from the sets and unidentified views.
Box-Photo 3:323

"28,000 Heroes of the Argonne are buried here - Romagne" [144] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:324

"Camouflage road near Chateau Thierry" [170] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:325

"Bridge over Marne at Chateau Thierry, blown up by American engineers" [184] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:326

"Nine Good Germans" [190] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:327

"German Big Bertha, used in shelling Paris, Crepy-en-Vallais" [198] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:328

"Heroes of the Argonne near Aubreville" [144] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:329

"Ruined church at Champigneulles" [138] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:330

"Chause Gate, Verdun" [100] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:331

"German prisoners cleaning up museum in Verdun" [94] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:332

"Communication trench near Maizeray" [52] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:333

"Ruined church at Haudiomont" [44] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:334

"Dugouts on road between Macrin and Marbotte, Apremont" [21] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:335

"Concrete trench in famous Hindenburg line, Apremont"[19] ca. 1919

Box-Photo 3:336

"German Observation balloon" [167] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:337

"Farewell by French band" ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:338

Detail from "Farewell by French Band" ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:339

"Frogs scrambling for pennies" ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:340

"Soissons Cathedral" [199] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:341

[Eiffel Tower] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:342

[View from Eiffel Tower] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:343

[Paris street scene] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:344

[Paris street cafe] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:345

St. Nazaire Harbor ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:346

[French soldiers marching] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:347

Reinforced concrete pill box near Mars-la-tour ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:348

[Pharmacie] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:349

[Aerial view of the Orangiere in the gardens at Versailles] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:350

[Formal gardens at Versailles] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:351

[Walkway in the topiary gardens at Versailles] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:352

[Topiary shrubs in gardens at Versailles] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:353

[Ship entering harbor] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:354

Inspection in camps, Bassens, France ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:355

[Troop ship in dock] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:356

[Steamship City of Wilmington, before April 13, 1918 fire] ca. 1914-1918

Box-Photo 3:357

[View from port side of troop ship] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:358

[Soldiers passing time on board the Troop ship] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:359

[Ship's Captain?] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:360

"U.S.S. Ohioan" - In port in 1919, while serving as a troop transport. ca. 1919

Box-Photo 3:361

[Loading the Troop Ship] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:362

[2 smokestacks, 4 masted steamer - Troop Ship] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:363

[Soldiers on deck of Troop Ship] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:364

[Soldiers feeding 3 dogs on deck of Troop Ship] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:365

[Sailors on the deck] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:366

[Soldiers on deck returning home] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:367

[Group portrait on ship deck] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:368

[Soldiers singing for comrades] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:369

[Soldiers and sailors sitting on the gun barrel] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:370

[Soldiers boarding ship from No.1 train] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:371

[Tug boats and Troop Ships in background] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:372

[Quay - ship loading] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:373

[3 mast ship w/stripped sails] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:374

[U.S. Army Transport Service] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:375

[Ship's captain?] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:376

[2 ships and a boat] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:377

[Sponge bath on deck] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:378

[Truck being loaded on board] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:379

[Detail of quay] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:380

[Soldiers on deck mugging for camera] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:381

[Soldiers in formation on deck] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:382

"Good-bye Hobbs" ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:383

[Birdseye view of troop ship deck] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:384

[Soldiers posing in life boat and on deck of troop ship] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:385

[Soldiers relaxing on deck under guns] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:386

[Topside quay with ships and train tracks] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:387

[Red Cross Nurses, WW1] ca. 1914-1921

Box-Photo 3:388

[Soldiers on deck - "CPp" on uniforms] ca. 1914-1921

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Series 2 Commercial Postcard sets of World War I ca. 1914-1921

Physical Description: 75 photographs

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains commercial sets of World War I photographs taken for the German & French public. The photos are black and white, 5" x 7".
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German photographic views of World War I ca. 1914-1921

Physical Description: 75 photographs

Scope and Content Summary

This series contains a commercial set of World War I photographs taken for the German public. They appear to document the turbulent time after WW1 in Germany.
The photos are black and white, 5" x 7".

Arrangement

The photographs are arranged by consecutive number. There are no captions.
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French photographic views of World War I ca. 1914-1921

Physical Description: 30 black and white photographs, 5 x 7

Scope and Content Summary

This series contains a set of 30 World War I photographs taken for the French public. The captions are taken from the back of the photographs.
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"Verdun. View of Verdun showing some of the ruins caused in the shelling of the city." ca. 1914-1921

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"Verdun. This beautiful city was practically destroyed druring the war. The French lost 60,000 men in one battle defending the city. Next to Metz, Verdun is the most strongly fortified city of France. One of the features of this noted place is a large "underground" city. The wonderful cathedral of this place was completely destroyed." ca. 1914-1921

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"Soissons, Vue General - General view of Soisson. This beautiful city was greatly damaged from April to July of 1918. It was the night of July 14th that the Germans started this attack but a counter attack of the Yanks finally drove the Germans back. Part of this sector was taken and retaken as many oas seven times." ca. 1914-1921

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"Verdun - La Meuse. A view of Verdun along the Meuse River. Above, one gets a good view of the damage done to this city by the shells." ca. 1914-1921

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"Saucisse Boche en Flamme - Verdun. The destruction of a German Saucisse, which had been used in observation purposes and to direct the fire of artillery fire and attack of the Infantry." ca. 1914-1921

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"Verdun - View of the Cathedral taken from the baks of the canal. One gets a splendid view of the great damage done to the city. Not a window remains in Verdun after the shelling of the city." ca. 1914-1921

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"Clermont-en-Argonne - Showing more ruins of Clermont, a city in the Argonne section." ca. 1914-1921

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"Reims, 1916 - La Cathedrale. The Reims cathedral taken in 1916 before it was damaged by shells from the Boche." 1916

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"Sermaize, Meuse - More ruins of a village along the Meuse river." ca. 1914-1921

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"Une Rue de Ham - This is a street in Ham, a village in the Louvre sector. You see nothing but ruins here." ca. 1914-1921

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"Canons Pris Aux Boches - This picture shows a number of German canons captured from Boche, being brought into a French village." ca. 1914-1921

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"Clermont en Argonne. Here one gets a view of the ruins of Clermont, a village in the Argonne sector. This is another city practically destroyed by the shelling which caused fires." ca. 1914-1921

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"Rethel - The Ruins of Rethel. Every building in this town was destroyed except the cathedral which was not damaged at all." ca. 1914-1921

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"Batterie contre Avion - Tirde Nuit. A French anti-aircraft gun and its crew. The gun shoots pound shells. By the time the ball explodes, eleven more have been shot from the gun." ca. 1914-1921

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"Un F6 de Lens - Lens was almost entirely destroyed during the shelling of this sector. The battle of Lens was the cause of very heavy losses on both sides." ca. 1914-1921

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"Sermaise, Meuse - Ruins of the village, Sermaise on the Meuse River." ca. 1914-1921

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"Batterie Allemande - Here one gets a splendid view of the German heavy artillery as it appeared in a portion of one of the battle fronts. One gets a splendid view of the communicating trenches, shell holes, camouflage, etc." ca. 1914-1921

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"Le Moat, Homme - Deadman's Hill near Verdun situated between Cermmers and Forges. The village at the foot of this hill was completely destroyed. This hill marks the furthest place of advancement of the Germans in the Verdun sector during the war." ca. 1914-1921

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"Dirigible Francais - One of the large French dirigibles. They proved most successful in their assistance along the coast." ca. 1914-1921

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"Debris de Zeppelin - The wreck of a Boche Zeppelin. This shows the mass of aluminium debris." ca. 1914-1921

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"Gotha sur Paris - A Gotha German aeroplane, caught in the paths of three search lights which the plane was taking part in a raid on Paris. The last raid in Paris took place on the night of Sunday, Sept. 15, 1918. 1918

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"Canon de Marine - One of the large French Naval Marine Guns. This is one of the largest types of guns used in the war. It is mounted on a Twelve wheel truck. The ammunition cars are placed to the rear and in loading the guns, the shells are brought forward on an endess carrier, in the form of a belt. Gun - 380 centimeters; Shell - 15 inches, Distance of range - 20 miles." ca. 1914-1921

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"Y.M.C.A. Fete des Meres - A YMCA party held for the 15th and 20th Company Air Service Mech. at the large French Aviation Field at Le Burget." ca. 1914-1921

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"La Messe a L'Escadrille - A mass being held in front of one of the large French bombing planes." ca. 1914-1921

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"L'Auteur involontaire de la Guerre 5' Avant son Assessinant - The Duke and Duchess of Austria taken a short time before their assassination. It was this assassination that indirectly caused the war." ca. 1914-1921

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"Le Kaiser et le Kromprinz - 1917" 1917

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"Ml. Hindenberg [General Field Marshall Paul von Hindenburg]" ca. 1914-1921

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"Ml. Mackensen [General Field Marshall Eberhard von Mackensen]" ca. 1914-1921

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"Lt. Fonck - Lt. Fonck, the greatest living French pilot. He is officially credited with about sixty planes of the enemy destroyed and unofficially has credit for about forty marking a total of 97 planes." ca. 1914-1921

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"Torpillage d'une Saucisse Boche - Here one gets a view of a plane as it descends to shoot down a German Soucisse. This is a French plane." ca. 1914-1921