Small portions of the Christmas mail that is being sorted at Pier 86, North River, New York City, for the American Expeditionary Forces. The mail comes from every part of the country., 11/20/1918
With only a few days until Hanukkah and a little over a month until Christmas - have you finished your holiday shopping & letters? Have you even started?
"Every American Boy Should Enroll in the Victory Boys. A million fighters. Earn and give to help keep our fighters happy. United War Work Campaign - November 11 to 18.", ca. 1917 - ca. 1919
Q:Just wondering your document that's like 86 year old ww1 vet holding his sons flag, how is that possibly he'd have to be at least near 98 not 86
Thanks for your question! There were several comments like this one about yesterday’s Veterans Day post. If you check the date of the photo, it was taken on November 13, 1982 during the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. If he was 86 at the time of the photo, Mr. Ambrose would likely have been born in 1896, meaning he was about 21 years old when the United States entered World War I in 1917, and were he still alive, he would be 117 today. (As far as we know, the oldest surviving American veteran of World War I was Frank Buckles, who passed away in 2011.)
One of the guns of Battery D, 105th Field Artillery, showing American flag which was hoisted after the last shot had been fired when the armistice took effect. Etraye, France., 11/11/1918
The hostilities of World War I came to end with the Armistice declared on November 11, 1918. Following the end of the war, November 11th was observed as “Armistice Day" until it was officially renamed "Veterans Day" in 1954.
Joseph Ambrose, an 86-year-old World War I veteran, watches the dedication day parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. He is holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, who was killed in the Korean War, 11/13/1982
Remembering the sacrifices made by veterans of all generations on Veterans Day.
"First Lieutenant E. V. [Eddie] Rickenbacker, 94th Aero Squadron, American ace, standing up in his Spad plane. Near Rembercourt, France." 10/18/1918
From the series: Signal Corps Photographs of American Military Activity, 1754 - 1954
"Wounded officers and Mrs. W. E. Corey, wife of the American steel magnate, who has given her home to wounded American officers. A game of bridge in progress on the veranda. Chateau de Villegenis at Palaiseau, France. 09/18/1918”
From the Series: Signal Corps Photographs of American Military Activity, 1754 - 1954
Louis Armstrong Registers for the Draft
Future jazz great Louis Armstrong of New Orleans was among nearly 24 million men aged 18–45 who registered for the draft during 1917–18, a requirement of the new Selective Service System. Notice that his first name is recorded incorrectly as Lewis. And while his date of birth was recorded as July 4, 1900, Armstrong was actually born on August 4, 1901.
World War I Draft Registration Card for Louis Armstrong, 09/12/1918; from the series: Draft Registration Cards 1917-1918
"Students at Mt. Holyoke College Learning Agricultural Duties, 08/20/1918"
American Red Cross in Great Britain. One unit of the famous “Flying Squadron” priding themselves on being able to get under way within three minutes of the time a call is received. American Red Cross., ca. 1918
Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross on May 21, 1881, after her experience with the International Red Cross in Europe, focused on providing disaster relief and support for military veterans, still core parts of their mission today.
Presidential Proclamation 1364 of April 6, 1917, by President Woodrow Wilson declaring war against Germany. 04/06/1917
President Woodrow Wilson had campaigned on his promise to keep the United States out of World War I. However, a series of events, including Germany’s resumption of unrestricted submarine warfare and the Zimmermann Telegram, eventually drove Wilson to request a declaration of war against Germany during his address to Congress on April 2, 1917. Congress complied, leading to this formal declaration of war, and bringing the United States fully into World War I.
"…guard against any dastardly attempt at incendiarism or destruction."
Telegram Regarding German Espionage Conducted within the United States, 03/30/1918
This telegram to the Navy Yard at Portsmouth, NH, indicates the possibility of German espionage activity against United States shipping, in addition to the ongoing World War I submarine campaign, aimed at the destruction of American ships. It recommends that the utmost scrutiny should be given to all ships, personnel, supplies, and cargo.