Look what I found!

Mole & Thomas, Photographers, Chicago, WWI era


I received an amazing photograph in an email recently.   It was a human Statue of Liberty made up of 18,000 soldiers taken at Fort Dodge in 1918 by Mole & Thomas.   The first thing I did was go to SNOPES and check it out.  Please take the time to read this entry for a truly interesting art form used to sell war bonds during World War I!  Of course, the next thing I did was to look in the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division for other photographs by Mole & Thomas.  There they were – including three taken at military bases in Georgia!  Follow the links in order to be able to see more details.


Here are two from the LOC….do some searching yourself for more!


Human Statue of Liberty; 18,000 officers and men at Camp Dodge, Des Moines, Ia.; Col. Wm. Newman, commanding; Col. Rush S. Wells, directing; 1918.


Machine Gun Insignia; Machine Gun Training Center; 22500 officers and men, 600 machine guns; Camp Hancock, Augusta, Ga.; Brig. Gen. Oliver Edwards, commanding; Lt. Col. E.P. Pierson, directing; 1918.


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Posted on April 30, 2008, in Primary sources and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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