WWI Nurse Photo Identified – Massachusetts Female Veteran in France, 1918 Base Hospital #6


I’ve been lucky in the past few weeks to pick up some fun WWI shots of US female nurses and auxiliary service members.  US women in France were outnumbered by the men, and to be able to positively identify a nurse is a fun way to learn about female service roles during the war.  In this case, I was able to purchase a small group of photos and a Thanksgiving menu from a woman in Base Hospital #6 stationed in Bordeaux, France during the war.  The standing studio portrait was identified on the reverse as HK Judd of Base Hospital 6.  On a whim I searched for Helen K. Judd (thinking that Helen was a likely candidate for H) and came up with a positive hit on a woman named Helen K. Judd from Southhampton, Mass.  I cross referenced with the digitized passport records from 1917 and 1918 and had a positive match.  Luckily the passport applications come with little snapshots of the applicants.   The amount of material available to identify WWI photos is incredible.

 

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J. Sereni Studio Portrait of Helen

J. Sereni Studio Portrait of Helen

 

1917 Passport Photo of Helen

1917 Passport Photo of Helen

1918 Passport Photo of Helen

1918 Passport Photo of Helen

 

Physical Description

Physical Description

Passport Application Info

Passport Application Info

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Base Hospital #6 Thanksgiving Menu

Base Hospital #6 Thanksgiving Menu

388th Bomb Group Artist in England 1944 – Alva Villamor Alegre


From the depths of my collection comes a series of amazing negatives taken by a member of the 388th Bomb Group stationed at Knettishall England in 1944.  I have over 300 images from this collection and will slowly be posting them over the next few months.  Keep checking back for updates.  The medium-sized negatives are in immaculate condition and came to me rather inexpensively from an eBay auction. Enjoy!

Alegre was a Phillipino born artist who passed away in the early 1950s at the early age of 40.  I one day hope to find a piece of his art!