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[Photo album]: World War One Naval Recruiting Album
(Westerley, Rhode Island): 1918. Hardcover. Small oblong octavo. Approximately 7" x 4.75". Leather over thick card with "Pleasant Recollections" in gilt impressed on front wrap. 48 gelatin silver photographs measuring 5.5" x 3.75", not obviously captioned although one partially detached photo reveals a detailed caption on the verso. Partial newspaper clipping laid in. Fine. A very nice and focused album devoted to the Naval recruiting effort in the first half of 1918. The album shows billboards, posters, and parades all focused on recruiting for the Navy. Several images are of cars with banners promotin sentiments including, "Boys join now. Don't wait until you are drafted." A few images show recruiting posters, including one of an officer pointing and holding the famous poster by John Montgomery Flagg of a comely lass in a Navy uniform declaring "I Want You for the Navy." Others show a Navy recruiting office, several show sailors on parade, one with a float of a cardboard German submarine called the U.C. USinkum, and another of a cardboard tank. Perhaps the last quarter of the images are of sailors either on shipboard, posing in horse and buggy or in a car, and with officers. An exceptionally pleasing album, with nice images and a central theme.
Bookseller: Between the Covers (betweenthecoversrarebooks) [Gloucester City, New Jersey, United States]
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