Soldiers scaling a wall while training at Camp Wadsworth, South Carolina, 1918.
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. […]
Unknown soldier from World War I being taken from the USS Olympia at the Washington Navy Yard and transported to the US Capitol to lay in state. On November 11, 1921, the body was interned at Arlington National Cemetery. This photograph was taken shortly after 4 p.m. on November 9, 1921. The group of officials at […]
The Sinking of the Lusitania was a silent animated short film produced by Winsor McCay, an American cartoonist. The film recreates the never-photographed sinking in 1915 of the British liner RMS Lusitania by German torpedoes. Of the 1,198 deaths, 128 were Americans. The propaganda film was the longest work of animation at the time of its release in 1918 […]