UVM SATC (Photo Courtesy of UVM Special Collections)
Drafted UVM Students (Photo Courtesy of UVM Special Collections)
My search for WWI Vermont photography continued this week at the University of Vermont’s Special Collections Annex. Utilizing the Louis McAllister Collection database, I was able to track down two panoramic photographs taken at UVM in 1918. This particular shot was taken in front of Williams Science Hall located on the UVM green. I spent much of my time as an undergraduate studying in this building, so this photograph is particularly close to my heart.
This first photo was taken by McAllister on October 31st, 1918. The new class of the S.A.T.C. was just inducted on October 23rd, just a week before this photo was taken. Although the quality of the image is lacking, the content speaks volumes.
The second photo was taken a few months earlier, in July of 1918, and shows the first round of students from UVM to be drafted. McAllister enjoyed using the Williams Hall entrance as a backdrop for his photographs; this is a panoramic style we see until the early 1960s.
While searching for reference material, I came across this advertisement from the 1918 Ariel yearbook of UVM. It looks like Louis McAllister was a supporter of UVM!
Courtesy of UVM Special Collections
Special thanks to the UVM Special Collections crew for helping me with my search. All photos in this post are courtesy of UVM Special Collections.
2nd Army Engineer
The crisp details of this photo make it the best 2nd Army portrait in my collection. Although we can’t know which Engineering unit he served with (there were many in the 2nd Army), we can deduce a few things from the elements present in the photo. The crisp focus on his collar discs allow us to see that he was in Company E of an engineering unit of the 2nd Army. Note that the disc on his cap lacks the E designation. His 2nd Army SSI patch is well stitched and placed perfectly below the shoulder line. His WWI victory ribbon has one campaign star. A super example of a 2nd Army photo!
2nd Army Patch
Picked up a nice 15 slide Korean War grouping on ebay this past week. After doing some research on the USS Okanogan (APA-220) I found that it took part in the evacuation at Chinnampo in December of 1950. Looking at the photos, it is obvious that they were taken around Christmas time – and there are some shots of civilian and POW evacuees as well as a nice image of some 3rd Division soldiers.
I picked up this little gem in a Palmer Massachusetts antique store a few months back and never took the time to look at the photo closely until this past week. The frame was intricately created; something not often seen in run of the mill WWI photos. The gold stars on the corners and bottom of the image should have been a dead giveaway. Once I decided to look at the photo a little closer, I took the frame apart from the back and began to uncover the identity of the soldier depicted in the image. I knew he was a member of the 7th Infantry Regiment; this was evidenced in the collar disc. The 7th New York eventually became the 107th Infantry Regiment of the 27th Division. Harold was in Company H.
The reverse of the photo was beautifully inscribed with everything I needed to know to track this fellow down.
Harold Edward Manners
Killed in France in the
Great War, Sept. 29th 1918
aged 23 years
After extensive research I’ve learned that Harold was killed during the operations before the Hindeburg Line east of Ronssoy, September 29th, 2918. His citation for the day reads:
“This soldier, with great gallantry and determination, advanced against unusually difficult enemy positions composed of strongly fortified machine gun nests until killed.”
I found an auction result online that showed his medals which were sold in 2008 at an auction in NY. A beautifully inscribed NY veterans medal for a KIA was included. I wish I had that grouping!
Harold E. Manners – KIA Meuse-Argonne 1918
A wonderful set of negatives from a family in Pennsylvania shows the lighthearted side of aging WWI veterans. An elderly member of the 316th Infantry Regiment of the 79th Division pals around with friends and family while showing off his war medals. A Purple Heart medal was awarded to our subject for wounds received in battle, and was likely delivered to him in the early 1930s when the current medal was officially created. Enjoy the images!
Legs Wraps and All!
A fabulous shot of a group of doughboys taking some much needed R&R in a French city. A busty French girl stands in the doorway as the men pose for a photo. Just read the back! A superb WWI dog mascot photo with great content. Note the two wounded soldiers – one with a face wound, the other with a broken hand.
The details of the image pop out once the casual observer steps back from noting the obvious and begins to look for subtle details. Notice the reflection in the window? How about the stone gutter along the street? The hastily buttoned blouse of the facially wounded soldier? Enjoy!
A fresh grouping straight from the hallowed halls of eBay! A wonderful selection of armor and scenery shots taken in 1951 by a member of the 987th Armored Field Artillery. The unit was supplied with M7 Priest tanks and served as an artillery support unit. The colors and scenes of the Korean War pop into life!
One of the hardest and most desirable WWI portrait photos to acquire has to be the female service member. Whether it be a nurse, hello girl, liberty loan officer, YMCA worker, or welfare worker, they are hard to find and always fetch a high price. Check out my “better” examples of these photos.
Caught in the act of painting!