n.p. n.p., 1914-?
Photograph Album. 12mo. Approx. 6.75" x 4". Hardcover. Original gray paper soft covers with the German Iron Cross design and 1914 date printed on the front gray paper cover in very good condition. The soft cover album has been recased with custom made red cloth covered boards. Burgundy leather corners and spine. Gilt title "War Photographs" and previous owner name (Arcadi Gluckman) stamped in gilt on the spine. Asian bookbinder block stamp located on the inserted front blank end sheet. Dark purple and gold floral decorated end sheets added in front and in back. Arcadi Gluckman's armorial book plate on the front paste down. No printed information regarding the dates, location, or photographer provided. Album consists of 85 photographs. Sizes for the gelatin prints vary from 4.75" x 3.5" to a larger 6.5" x 5". Some of the larger sized photographs are grouped together towards the back. No loose photographs. A few photographs are faded, creased and one photograph is slightly chipped on the edge. Overall the photographs are in good to very good condition. Some of the photographs appear to be purchased copies with some printed English titles and some presumably the German language. Most of the photographs have no writing and could be originals or period copies from negatives. See below for descriptive contents on the album. Very good. Item #25581
The album appears to be a mix of German and non German photographs. Some could be English pictures? Many of the photographs have English captions: "Effects of a German Trench Mortar"; "Gun that Fired the Last Shot", "First American Prisoners Taken by the Germans...", "Dead Frenchman", "The English Raid on Zebrugge", "ExKaiser Wilhelm distributing decorations", and "Battlefield of Verdun."
All the photographs relate to battlefield scenes and posed pictures of soldiers, officers, and men in the battlefields. Views include large guns, rifles, unexploded mortar, trenches, barbed wire, bunkers, downed planes, tanks with the German Iron Cross painted on the sides, aerial views of battlefields, groups of officers, groups of soldiers, and several gory pictures of casualities. A truly unique collection of World War I photographs showing the horrors of war.
The former owner of this album was Arcadi Gluckman. Gluckman was a Colonel in the U.S. Army, awarded a Silver Star during World War I, and was an author of gun books. Gluckman was a Lieutenant in the American Army when he received the Silver Star. From the website valor dot militarytimes dot com:
AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING World War I
Division: American Expeditionary Forces
GHQ, American Expeditionary Forces, Citation Orders No. 2 (June 3, 1919)
By direction of the President, under the provisions of the act of Congress approved July 9, 1918 (Bul. No. 43, W.D., 1918), First Lieutenant (Infantry) Arcadi Gluckman, United States Army, is cited by the Commanding General, American Expeditionary Forces, for gallantry in action and a silver star may be placed upon the ribbon of the Victory Medals awarded him. First Lieutenant Gluckman distinguished himself by gallantry in action while serving with the 39th Infantry Regiment, American Expeditionary Forces, in action on 18 July 1918, near Troesnes, France.