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Item: 7x5-inch original photograph, "The Women's Camouflage Corps, New York City, dated 7/13/18, and issued by the Western Newspaper Union Photo Service. Good condition with the following faults: 1.5-inch tear in top-middle, another quarter-inch tear nearby; old fold in later third of image. Rare. Includes the caption suggestion from the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at World War I Photography
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JF Ptak Science Books 9x6 inches, 1918. Original photograph. $200 There's definitely an angelic figure in this photograph, an image made showing American Doughboys lining up in front of a bakery/candy store (high-sugar delivery transport systems enhancer) in Paris in 1918. This photograph is a News Photo Service item, produced... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at World War I Photography
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JF Ptak Science Books This is another magnificent group portrait from my collection of News Service Photographs from World War I. This is image is from mid-1918 and depicts nurses, wounded and recovering soldiers and an assortment of volunteers preparing relief packages for other wounded soldiers in field hospitals. My... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at World War I Photography
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JF Ptak Science Books Original photograph, 1918. 9x6 inches. Good condition. $350 In my collection of WWI News Photo Service Agency photographs I would say that half or so of them show scenes like this--semi-informal group portraits of military support groups. 250 portraits like this seem to be a lot,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at World War I Photography
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JF Ptak Science Books This is the U.S. Army mail depot at Regents Park, London, braced for and under siege by Christmastime mail in 1917. It strikes me that there may be a million items in this photo--at this time in the war there were something like 35 million people... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at World War I Photography
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Original photograph, 1918. 9x6 inches. Good condition. $200 I wonder what the French officer sitting behind the table at the center background thought about at night, after his day was done. I wonder what it was that went through his head, his eyes fluttering, as he slipped into sleep? As... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at World War I Photography
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Original photograph, 1918. 8x6 inches. Good condition. $125 Here's a series of three photographs relating to carrier pigeons in WWI. The first is a magnificent photograph of a memorial to a carrier pigeon named Auguste, a famous flyer who evidently performed invaluable services time after time, a bird of splendid... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at World War I Photography
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JF Ptak Science Books In a moment of levity at the end of WWI, these sailors from America and the U.K. and France got together for a bit, and turned their little doggie mascot into a small attraction of sorts, entertaining themselves and the small curious crowd surrounding tthem. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at World War I Photography
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JF Ptak Science Books Quick Post In the vast caches of loot taken during the course of war I suspect books have ranked somewhere in the middle of stolen stuff--no doubt some fine libraries have disappeared, though I can't offhand say how many fine libraries emerged from the slaughterhouse. This... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at World War I Photography
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JF Ptak Science Books [A detail from:] This great photograph was made in 1918 and stamped on the reverse "Photo by Central News Photo Service" of NYC. It shows the launching of the U.S.S. Agawam, the first standardized ship launched by the U.S. Navy (according to a New York Times... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at World War I Photography
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JF Ptak Science Books A little went a long way, sometimes, in collecting the ends and bits of a campaign or a retiring column or from the attics and basements of village houses, or in scrapyards or dustbins or abandoned yards and buildings. Scrap has sometimes contributed greatly to major... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at World War I Photography
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ITEM: News photo service original photograph, "Irish Tommies". 1917. 9x7 inches. Very good condition. $350 In the heavy mist of the Civil War, where brother fought brother, there was another sort of fratricide, of countrymen removed from their homes, finding themselves in America and there fighting against one another in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at World War I Photography
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Item: 7x5 inch orginal photogoraph, 1918. Camouflage on the Belgian Front. With original text. Very good condition. $175 Its a little difficult to think of Ellsworth Kelly, Jacques Villon, Grant Wood, Laslo Moholy-Nagy and Thomas Hart Benton as painters-for-war. But its true, and true for many of hundreds of other... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at World War I Photography
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The Physics/Math catalog follows the Computer Science History catalog... Additions for June and July: ABRIKOSOV, A(lexi) A. Methods of Quantum Field Theory in Statistical Physics. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1963. 1st English. Very fine condition. Fine dust jacket. Alexi A. Abrikosov received the Nobel for physics in 2003; this is... Continue reading
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CATALOG 2014, Part I ABELSON, Philip H. "An Investigation of the Products of the Disintegration of Uranium by Neutrons", in the Physical Review, 1 July 1939, volume 56, pp 1-9, with 19 illustrations. In the original wrappers. First edition. "This is the first experiment definitely showing that a transuranic active... Continue reading
Original photograph, printed 1918. 9x6 inches. Good condition. $150 This image comes from a collection here of First World War news service photographs, showing German prisoners being readied for transport home, and dated 20 November 1918. This group had evidently surrendered just before the armistice was signed, and was sent... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at World War I Photography
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8x5 inch original photograph, published in 1918. Good condition. $150 In England, women were welcomed to the (paid) workforce during the years of the First World War (1914-1918)—their employment in traditionally male positions enabled those they replaced to go out to the front and die for their country. Thus the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at World War I Photography
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Original photograph, printed 1918. 9x6 inches, good condition. $135 In this photograph, taken of American troops at a ceremony at the cemetery of St. Marie, Havre, France in November 1918, the massive crowd (the largest funeral service held in France) is almost entirely focused on the proceedings--except this one serviceman... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at World War I Photography
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Original photograph, 8x6 inches, 1918. Good condition, $250 This remarkable photograph shows the joy and relief of the townspeople of Saudemont, France (20 kilometers south-east of Arras), after just having been freed from German occupation after four years of captivity. Saudemont had evidently suffered greatly over the four years, and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at World War I Photography
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Original photograph, 1918. 8x6 inches. Good condition. $225. Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at World War I Photography
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Original photograph from News Photo Service Company, July, 1918. 8x6 inches. Good condition. $750 This image--from a collection that I've mentioned previously on this blog--shows a group of wounded-in-action American Doughboys recuperating in London on 4 July 1918. There were at least six of these soldiers aboard this bus, touring,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at World War I Photography
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Original photograph, ca. mid-1918. 8x6 inches. Good condition. $750 Like its more-famous WWII counterpart, scrap drives during The Great War were also frequently conducted. This is an original photograph showing just such a thing, depicting two Uncle Sams surrounded by Boy Scouts pulling a large hollow metal sphere--I believe that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at World War I Photography
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Original photograph, November 1918, 7x5 inches, Western Newspaper Union. $200 This fantastic photograph calls to mind the importance of the little things of battle--dry socks, headgear, water, food, scissors. And of course a good coat in the winter--a good coat that can be kept closed to allow the body to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at World War I Photography
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Original news photo service image, 8x6 inches, 1918. Good condition. $950 In this image here we are introduced to a small group of captured German soldiers displaying a wide range of emotions over a wide range of faces. There were over 8 million soldiers taken prisoner during WWI, that in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at World War I Photography
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Soldier in trench, walking, damp and cold. 1918. 7x5 inches. Original image from a new photo service agency. Very good condition. $500 Perhaps one of the worst inventions in the history of warfare was The Trench. Millions of men were wounded or met their ends while defending one, or attacking... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at World War I Photography