Item #19785 Photo Archive of Women in Militaries Across the Globe From the First Years of the 20th Century through World War II. International Women Warriors.
Photo Archive of Women in Militaries Across the Globe From the First Years of the 20th Century through World War II
Photo Archive of Women in Militaries Across the Globe From the First Years of the 20th Century through World War II
Photo Archive of Women in Militaries Across the Globe From the First Years of the 20th Century through World War II

Photo Archive of Women in Militaries Across the Globe From the First Years of the 20th Century through World War II

Photo Archive

Archive of 25 photos of women in the militaries across America and Europe circa 1900-1950. Black and white silver gelatin photographs measuring between 2" x 2.5" to 4.5" x 6.25". Most photos depict women in full military uniform, in many cases saluting the camera. One of the photos of women saluting is dated from April 1942, just four months after America entry into the war The woman appears to be wearing the double breasted dark blue coat that was official uniform for women in the WAVES, the Navy branch for women at the time. In addition, another WWII wardate photo depicts a young American female soldier in a park, captioned "Paris, France" "Spring of 45'" "Grace". The largest and one of the most interesting photos of the lot depicts four American women, three of them in official military officer's uniforms, seated at a dinner. The inscribed notes on verso record heartfelt messages such as "Aloha nui loa but not for long. Eileen "W" Sisson" as well as an address from Roscoe, California (the name used officially until 1948 for what is now Sun Valley in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles). The uniforms, reference to Roscoe, and use of Hawaiian language indicate that these women could very well have been military personnel in the Pacific Theater during WWII or in its immediate aftermath. One intriguing photo in this lot is a postcard from before the First World War of a "Woman Marine" possibly in South Dakota standing guard inside a building. She is pictured in full uniform with striped pants, a cap with Marine insignia, a collar with "SD" and an insignia of crossed rifles similar to an infantry branch, and a marine's sword strapped to her leg. It is unclear what unit this woman is in, but the first women to enlist in the United States Marine Corps did so around 1918. There are a few impressive studio photographs of European female soldiers, including one of a woman in a ceremonial white robe with a long dagger sheathed on her belt, a bandolier strapped to her chest, and a large white fur cap. The mountainous backdrop and style of dress suggests a Carpathian or Caucasian origin for this female warrior. Another photo depicts a woman in the Navy, in a full sailors outfit and cap with "Abteilung", the German word for military department, along the brim. The verso of this postcard has a caption "Miss Sonny Clark". We also see a few female nurses, male soldiers, and civilians in America and abroad. A diverse and broad array of images depicting female military service while it was still quite rare in the first half of the 20th century. In very good condition overall.

Item #19785

Price: $2,200.00