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Charles H. Abbott photographs
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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.
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. Charles was drafted into the Army, 23d Engineers on Nov. 16, 1917. 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 sold sets of his 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.
4 photograph boxes
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Collection is open for research.