Tuesday, December 30, 2014

John Lick in the Middle Front

Only one of these Americans has any insignia. The fellow standing second from the left has what may be one for the Air Service on his cap. John Lick is seated center front as noted on the back.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014


A Christmas concert in 1916. Some of the paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling read "Heil und Sieg!" or "Prosperity and victory!". The other have the German Imperial Eagle.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

USS Montana

A sailor from the USS Montana. He would have been on convoy and escort duty for most of the war.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Motor Pool

31 Liberty Trucks along with one Nash Quad lined up outside of a YMCA building in France. The Nash is the first in line on the right.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Near the Somme

The translation given with this card was "Here we have been during the Somme battle. At the right and the left marching columns. Near the Somme." The Germans were at this location long enough to warrant placing sandbags around all of the tents. The near column is a supply train while the soldiers march in the far one.

Sapper Newson

Sapper Newson of the 486th (2/1st East Anglian) Field Company, Corps of Royal Engineers in Egypt in 1916. There they were part of the Suez Canal defenses. Before that they were in Gallipoli.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Charles E. Potts

Two from Charles Potts to his wife Helen. Both were sent from France in 1918 while Private Potts was serving in the Ordnance Corps.

Sunday, December 7, 2014


Marked on the back Torino, 1918. This soldier still has the eagle feather in his hat. These were removed earlier in the war while on the front.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Friday, December 5, 2014

American Servicemen in Germany

Two groups of American Servicemen on occupation duty in Germany. At first I thought they were taken in the same spot but on closer inspection I noticed that the curtains in the windows are different.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Colonial Infantry

Three members of the French Colonial Infantry during the transition to the horizon blue uniforms.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Captured Artillery

The writing on the back notes that this is a Russian 20.3 cm gun that was captured by the Germans in 1915 and taken to St. Mihiel in 1916.

Friday, November 14, 2014

French Telegraph Section

Five members of a Telegraph Section enjoy a meal out in the woods. A small bit of trench can be seen behind the soldier in the center.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Barbed Wire

A German officer standing in front of a formidable barbed wire barrier.

Englisch Liebesgaben

One dud and two shell casings. A gift of love from England to Germany.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Donald Charles Cone

Donald Charles Cone of Cerston, Montana was 25 years old in 1918. He had this picture taken at Neick Cottage Studio in Hoquiam, Washington.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Near the Somme

The translation I was provided with this card is "Here we have been during the Somme battle. At the right and the left marching columns. Near the Somme.". The lack of leaves on the trees would suggest that this was taken late in 1916 towards the end of the battle.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Saturday, November 1, 2014

203rd Reserve Infantry Regiment

An officer with the 203rd Reserve Infantry Regiment. Photo by Emil Strobel. It was taken at the Truppenübungsplatz Döberitz.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

German POW at Brocton

A German prisoner at the POW Camp in Brocton, England. This was a British Army training facility that was turned into a POW Camp in 1917.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Ralph Robert Hardes

Ralph Robert Hardes was born July 8th, 1893 in Port Allegheny, Pennsylvania. In filling out his draft card he tried to claim exemption because of his father being solely dependent on him for support. He ended up as a bugler in Co M, 9th Infantry Regiment. He survived the war, residing in Pennsylvania until his death on January 12th, 1962.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

American Infantrymen

Two American Servicemen with the 325th Infantry Regiment. They would have seen action at St. Mihiel, the Meuse-Argonne and Lorraine. In the upper left is the remnants of another photo and the pin that held there. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014


A pillbox near Poperinge, Belgium serves as a sightseeing stop for this British soldier and his two female companions.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

343rd Field Artillery Regiment

This soldier is a member of the 343rd Field Artillery Regiment. He had this picture taken in The States. The 343rd served in France and participated in the St. Mihiel Operation and the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Admiral Wilson

The writing on the backs reads "Adm. D. B. Wilson + Capt. G. C. Day turning the Pennsy over to Father Neptune (C. W. T. Sheehan)". Admiral Henry Braid Wilson was the commanding officer of the USS Pennsylvania in 1916. I believe he is the officer on the left, receiving the line of costumed characters.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

French Coffin

Members of the French Army Medical Corps taking time for a meal while a coffin sits in the foreground.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday, October 10, 2014

Ein Gruß aus England

These six German soldiers are posing with an unexploded 38mm shell that they have written "Ein Gruß aus England" which translates to "Greetings from England". The faint writing at the bottom places them at Minacourt in 1917.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Captured Frenchmen

A third card in a series of French prisoners in the Vosges. The other two can be seen here and here. These men are members of the 152nd Infantry.

Update. Going through the collection further I found four more from this series. So far the highest number is 28 so there are at least 21 more.