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[Photo Album]: American Expeditionary Force WWI
France. 1915-1917. Oblong quarto. Measuring 10" x 12.5". Black leather photo album. A collection of 244 sepia toned or black and white photographs measuring between 2.5" x 3.5" and 3.5" x 6", some with captions. A good only photo album with detached pages with very good or better photographs affixed to stiff black paper. A photo album containing photos of a marina around 1915 as well as photos apparently taken by a seaman in World War I. The early photographs show a group of men working on a large ship, both docked and at sea, including images of passing ships, men at the ship's wheel, and one of an unnamed lighthouse. After a break in the album, the second half shows a man's service, with either the Marines or Navy during World War I as part of the 1st American Expeditionary Force to France on the U.S.S. Seattle in 1917. They docked at Port St. Nazaire in France, seen here, and were the first American troops in France. According to historian, Fred Baldwin, "The USA had joined the war, fighting alongside the Allies, and chose Saint-Nazaire as one of their most important entry harbors to France and Western European battlefields. Between 1917 and 1919, almost 198,000 troops and a daily average of 4,000 tons of material transited through Saint-Nazaire." These pictures show the first U.S. troops marching through St. Nazaire, local women working for the war effort, and a photograph captioned "U.S. aeroplane." Depicted here are French troops dubbed "Frenchies" as well as French children. A few pages show German prisoners with captions like, "glad to talk to we Americans," "well fed and happy," and "glad to be in France," which assumes the lives of P.O.W.s in France was preferable to life in the trenches. There are uncaptioned photos of European towns and local people as well as sailors posed in uniform in front of stately homes and in town squares. One photo shows a group of U.S. Marines engaged in Fourth of July activities on board ship in 1917. The last few pages show the men leaving port with at-sea photographs of the crew, a large group of uniformed soldiers presumably waiting to be offloaded for a mission, and passing ships including an unnamed medical vessel. An extensive collection of an American seaman's duty during World War I. .
      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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