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[Photo Album]: World War I Balloon Observation and Signal Corps
1917. Hardcover. Near Fine. Oblong small quarto measuring 11" x 7.5". String-tied black cloth over stiff paper boards with "Pictures Tell the Story" stamped in gilt on the front board. Contains 43 sepia-toned or black and white silver gelatin photographs measuring between 2.5" x 4" and 6" x 8" with captions. Near fine album with about fine photographs.A photo album compiled by a member of a World War I Observation Balloon Unit and Signal Corps with the American Expeditionary Forces around 1917. The album follows the unit beginning with training in Omaha, Nebraska and Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The photos include ground shots of the balloons passing by as well as aerial shots taken while in the balloons themselves. They also include inflating the balloons with gas and launching them. Various staff members can also be seen throughout including Colonel Paegelou, one of the heads of the balloon unit. One of the photos reads "Goodyear kite," another reads "Goodyear in portable hanger" and shows men standing around the large balloon stored under a canvas tent. One of the aerial views has been hand colored and shows a battleship beneath it. Towards the end of the album the aviator is seen with bi-planes and at air fields.Observation ballooning had been used by western military campaigns beginning in the 1700s. By the First World War observation balloons were extensively used by all sides, more than previous wars. According to historians, "positioning artillery observers on balloons, generally a few miles behind the front lines and at altitude, allowed them to see targets at greater ra … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABAA [United States]
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