Nancy Harkness Collection of World War I Photograph Albums

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Title

Nancy Harkness Collection of World War I Photograph Albums

Description

The Nancy Harkness Collection is comprised of three albums of World War I photographs, circa 1914-1919. Together the albums contain five hundred sixty (560) black-and-white photographs and one (1) piece of paper ephemera with handwritten captions. The photos center primarily around American air squadrons stationed along the French-German border, while also including a number of images of enemy aircraft, war scenes, and views of European cities. Photos include American servicemen and some women staff; aviators with their aircraft, numerous crashes, aerial reconnaissance photos, and views of airdromes; events such as a decoration ceremony, a visit by the Prince of Wales to troops, and the arrival of various occupation forces in post-war Germany. A number of the images appear to be copy prints and souvenir photos, which were collected by servicemen abroad. Many of these images are battle scenes and German images from the war prior to American entry, as well as shots of significant troop and prisoner movement at the end of the war, and notable people such as Kaiser Wilhelm, Crown Prince Wilhelm, the Prince of Wales, and various German and American aces. Locations include Germany, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Portugal, Monaco, and Russia.

The albums represent a wide range of the warcraft and aircraft used in the war, including planes such as Royal Aircraft Factory S.E.5, Caproni, Sopwith Camel, Halberstadt, SPAD, Breguet, Albatros, Bristol, Hannover, Handley Page, Farman, Salmson, Fokker, and Roland. Shots include aviators with their aircraft, planes on the ground and in flight, crashes, and details of markings and squadron insignia. 

The original owner(s) and/or creator(s) of the albums is unknown, but most likely a member of the United States Army Air Service, possibly an aviator involved in reconnaissance photography. Several captions of images depicting the post-war occupation of the palace in Sinzig suggest that the albums' creator was part of the Air Service IV Corps stationed there. This person may also have been stationed at either Koblenz or Trier after the war with one of the Aero Squadrons.

Please note that some of the albums in this collection contain graphic images of wartime casualties. The captions also make use of derogatory terms for German and French people.

Subject

United States. Army. Air Service. Aero Squadron, 12th.
United States. Army. Air Service. Aero Squadron, 1st.
United States. Army. Air Service. Aero Squadron, 91st.
United States. Army. Air Service. Aero Squadron, 94th.
United States. Army. Air Service. Aero Squadron, 95th.
United States. Army. American Expeditionary Forces.
Air pilots, Military
Airplanes, Military
Airships
Buildings--War damage
Prisoners of war
Reconnaissance cameras
Soldiers
War casualties
World War, 1914-1918

Format

aerial photographs
photograph albums
photographic prints

Date

circa 1914-1919

Language

English

Rights Holder

The Museum of Flight Archives

Rights

Permission to publish material from the Nancy Harkness Collection of World War I Photograph Albums must be obtained from The Museum of Flight Archives.

Bibliographic Citation

The Nancy Harkness Collection of World War I Photograph Albums/The Museum of Flight

Collection Items

[Nancy Harkness Photograph Album (3 of 3)]
Third album in the Nancy Harkness Collection of World War I Photograph Albums, circa 1914-1919. The album contains 324 black-and-white photographs of various scenes in Europe during and just after World War I. Images feature German, Italian, British,…

[Nancy Harkness Photograph Album (2 of 3)]
Second album in the Nancy Harkness Collection of World War I Photograph Albums, circa 1914-1919. The album contains 163 black-and-white photographs of various scenes in Europe during and just after World War I. Images feature American servicemen;…

[Nancy Harkness Photograph Album (1 of 3)]
First album in the Nancy Harkness Collection of World War I Photograph Albums, circa 1914-1919. The album contains 73 black-and-white photographs of various scenes in Europe during and just after World War I. Images feature American servicemen and a…

[Women and Child in Doorway]
Two women and a child in a doorway. Inscription on album page: Frogs.Part of the third album in the Nancy Harkness Collection of World War I Photograph Albums, circa 1914-1919. The album contains 324 black-and-white photographs of various scenes in…

[Helen Summers on Footpath]
A woman, identified as Helen Summers, walking along a path. Inscription on album page: Helen Summers.Part of the third album in the Nancy Harkness Collection of World War I Photograph Albums, circa 1914-1919. The album contains 324 black-and-white…

[Woman Standing by Fence]
A woman standing by a fence. Inscription on album page: Y.M.C.A.Part of the third album in the Nancy Harkness Collection of World War I Photograph Albums, circa 1914-1919. The album contains 324 black-and-white photographs of various scenes in Europe…

[Woman Standing Next to Chair]
A woman, likely a Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) worker based on her hat badge, standing by a chair. Inscription on album page: Ted Percival.Part of the third album in the Nancy Harkness Collection of World War I Photograph Albums, circa…

[Woman Standing with Chair]
A woman, likely a Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) worker, standing by a chair. Inscription on album page: Y.M.C.A. "Chubby."Part of the third album in the Nancy Harkness Collection of World War I Photograph Albums, circa 1914-1919. The album…

[French Woman at Grave]
A French woman in a mourning veil visiting a grave. Inscription on album page: French widow.Part of the third album in the Nancy Harkness Collection of World War I Photograph Albums, circa 1914-1919. The album contains 324 black-and-white photographs…

[Soldiers with Windmill]
Soldiers in the stone tower of a windmill. Part of the third album in the Nancy Harkness Collection of World War I Photograph Albums, circa 1914-1919. The album contains 324 black-and-white photographs of various scenes in Europe during and just…
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