Soldiers cooking in a field kitchen under a canvas tent during World War I.
WWI Propaganda Posters, Part I Propaganda posters were used by all participating nations in World War I. Not only did these often brightly colored, eye-catching posters justify a particular nation’s involvement, they were also used to recruit soldiers and encourage civilian involvement by financial or other means. Here are some posters used by the United […]
In the foreground of the photograph a group of women stain the wooden skeletons of the wings for a De Havilland DH-4 at the Dayton-Wright Airplane Company. At each station a group of women stain the wooden wings with an observer watching. In the background other employees are working and a stack of aircraft wing […]
The Smith College Relief Unit was founded in 1917 by Harriet Boyd Hawes to bring relief to those areas of France that were most devastated during the first World War. Hawes already had significant experience of relief work when she proposed, at a Boston Smith Club meeting in 1917, to form the SCRU. She had […]
Yesterday, William Bean’s letter to his mother was posted. Today, here are five Christmas postcards he sent home in 1918. All five have the words “Merry Xmas to All. Will.” In 1918, Bean was serving as a military policeman with the 59th Artillery. In a letter to his mother, he tells her of his plans to […]
The following letter was sent from Corpora William James Bean from Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, New York to his mother – Harriett Bean in Syracuse, New York. He was inducted into the United States Army on December 15, 1917. In this letter he discusses camp life and being away from home during Christmastime. Fort Hamilton […]
Cher Ami was a Blue Check carrier pigeon, one of the 600 birds owned and flown by the US Army Signal Corps in France during World War I. She delivered twelve important messages from the Verdum front to her loft at Rampont. On average, Cher Ami flew a distance of thirty kilometers in around twenty-four minutes. […]