Documenting War through Images
The postcards from the YMCA, JWB, and Red Cross all encompass the humanitarian involvement that really gained momentum during WWI and contributes to the overarching narrative of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. The Jewish Welfare Board also begins to delve into the experience of Jewish servicemen. The propaganda pieces are crucial to understanding the social context of the time period, and the ways in which race played a role in the conflict.
The YMCA, JWB and Red Cross were a comfort to the men, and created an imaginative context of home which reminded that they are protecting the freedom and safety of their family and all families.
The photographs add primarily to the biographical aspects, as they put a face to the men whose names we hear and thoughts we get to know.
In addition to the biographical use of these pictures, I think that these photographs will add a phenomenal degree of humanity and can contribute another facet to the project. It can be assumed that whomever sent (or brought) these pictures intended them to act as a reminder of home, and of the life that remained beyond the front lines.
The "railway station".
On the right "American Red Cross" where your brother took tea, wrote, and read.
There are quatre (four) buildings like this which is drawn in the one near the other.
S.S. De Kalb
"Greetings from the Jewish Welfare Board to Soldiers and Sailors of the U.S. Army and Navy."
"Well Done Men America Greets YOU"
Date: May 9, 1919
Arrived to-day Transport: ????
Going to Camp: Mills
Will write from there as soon as possible.
Name: Frank Eisenberg
Unit: 408th ????
Mrs. H Weiner
"Close-up of one of the numerous satirical cartoons which amuse all observers."
June 19, 1918
"Oh les aura : we shall have them!" It is the French soldier's cry.
Here is the foot soldier like he is to be seen on the battle field.