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SCRAPBOOK / PHOTOGRAPHIC ALBUM Of A RED CROSS NURSE
(divers places), 1919. Commercial black cloth "Scrap Album" with black cord tie. General wear & soiling to album covers. A few items detached, and laid-in, with evidence that a few items have been removed. Nevertheless, generally Very Good condition.. 50 leaves of black mounting paper, of which 32 have photos, documents, mementos, letters, drawings, etc attached, including: over 10 official documents accomplished in typescript or manuscript, including Allen's' photographic and finger-printed War Department Certificate of Identity; 7 mimeographed documents, including the satirical "Ten Commandments For the Red Cross Nurses at Camp Cody" ("1. Thou shalt not be seen with a male escort unless Thou have a special permit," etc.); 12 pieces of correspondence of which 6 are signed (the remaining signed in facsimile); 4 original hand-colored drawings by the same artist, presumably a convalescing soldier with a raunchy sense of humor; 4 telegrams from Allen to her sister Mary; 3 unsigned notes; 19 newsclippings; and 8 pieces of miscellaneous ephemera, including a manuscript poem dedicated to Minnie ("Miss Allen, we're proud / You're first of our crowd / To fare forth to fight / With medical might.."). ~ 120 photographs [many captioned], primarily silver-gelatin, ranging in size from snapshot [2-1/2" x 3-1/2"] to 7-1/2" x 5-1/2" to one as large as 7-1/2" x 11-3/8". Oblong format: 11-1/8" x 15-1/4" Substantial scrapbook devoted to the compiler's tenure as a Red Cross nurse during the American involvement in World War I. Minnie Allen, a native of Los Angeles, was called to duty as a reserve nurse in early January of 1918, spending her training at Camp Cody in Deming, New Mexico, before serving overseas in Hampshire, England. Of especial interest are the photographs, many of which document life at Camp Cody, an army training base for the National Guard units making up the 34th Infantry Division, in Deming, New Mexico, active from 1916 to 1919; numerous official group photographs and candid individual portraits, including a series of Allen herself in her nurse's garb; aerial shots of the soldiers at the Camp forming the "Animated Crest of the 34th Division." Additional interior shots show the isolation ward at the camp, as well as a number of photographs of the nurses horsing around. The original drawings herein include a comely nurse pushing a soldier in a wheelchair as the soldier gives us a wink; in another, a pajama-clad soldier throws his medicine over his soldier when the nurse isn't looking. All-in-all, a colorful, detailed, & entertaining portrait of an American Red Cross nurse's experience during the Great War.
      [Bookseller: Tavistock Books, ABAA]
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