of my World War One material is either by H. D. Girdwood, an English company,
who sold their views under the trade name 'Realistic Travels' and concentrated
on the British troops and UK market, or Keystone which concentrated on
US troops, the U.S. market, and entered the war with the U.S. in 1917.
Due to the high gloss and exaggerated curve, the Keystone views do not
scan very well. They will therefore almost all be of far higher quality
than they appear on the screen. The Keystone views all have a full text
description on the back - the Realistic Travels views do not.
Please click here for a high quality scan which gives a true indication of the quality.
Girdwood's views have more immediacy and action. They were issued in sets of between 50 and 500 views so the numbering sequence is pretty muddled. Customers could also pick out the views they required and so a box or collection may have non-sequential numbering. They come on Underwood-type mounts or on lighter mounts with curved or beveled edges. These are interchangeable and most views appear on both types of mount.
are ALL condition 8, 9 or 10 and priced at $8 each unless otherwise mentioned.
the Holy City, goal of the Crusaders, rescued for ever from the Turks'.
century ramparts and Lille Gate through which British troops entered during
defence of Ypres'.
Hun vandal, French village set on fire wantonly by the Germans in their
view of the whole of the cruel salient of Ypres, as commanded from Kemmel
Hill, for whose dominating heights British, French and Germans fell in
mortal combat, Ypres'.
desolate rain-sodden battlefields where bursting bombs added to the terror
Wood where Americans gave Germany her fatal check'.
Land, sea of barbed wire in front of Bulgarian lines, Saloniki Front'.
de Dames - Barbed wire entanglement'.
camouflage used to conceal lines of communication and gun emplacements
from Hun aviators'.
pits at Loos, seized and held by 2nd Brigade of Guards against furious
work of the battle line - Disinfecting the ruins with patent spray'.
fields of slaughter sloping down to ruin's black abyss'.
waste on Chemin des Dames Battlefield, France'.
Hell was loosed. War's indescribable desolation and unburied victims, Lens'.
where the bombs are bursting and the cannons like Hell-doors slam'.
terrible desolation of once fertile hills and valleys, France'.
all sides round a great furnace flamed". German attack, North Compiegne,
the sluices were opened at Nieuport water and barbed wire brought disaster
to the Hun'.
land as seen from an artillery observation post'.
Wood shattered in fierce struggles by the S. Africans who heroically resisted
and the Yser Canal, inundated by the Belgians to baulk the enemy thrust
for Calais, Oct. 1914.
Condition 7 (marks and scratches).
battlefront along the Yser Canal, in the bitter winter of 1916, our heavy
guns shelling the enemy'.
Dump, one of many at Ypres, which fed our guns in those obstinate battles
against appalling odds'.
entanglements blocking the approaches to one of our defensive posts'.
along the Yser Canal, near Nieuport, scene of our disaster on the dunes,
July 10th 1917'.
battlefield at Nieuport, where we hurled back the enemy thrust towards
Calais by the seashore'.
by bombs from our aeroplanes, a German fortified redoubt protecting Ostend
from the sea'.
Nightingale. The Battlefield Series, on thin white mount. 'Plug Street,
troops defeated by Allenby in the outlying hills, retreat through Jerusalem
by the Jaffa Gate'.
of German prisoners captured in the final rout of the German armies on
75s returning to Chemin des Dames pass prisoners taken in our big drive
near St. Quentin'.
in 1900 German prisoners captured by American forces, France'.
machine-gun captured and gunner taken prisoner by our advancing troops
at "Plug Street"'.
from Plug Street Wood -
Think what they have meant to me -
Life and Hope and Love and You
(And you did not see them grow
Where his mangled body lay,
Hiding horror from the day;
Sweetest, it was better so.)
Leighton (shot at Hébuterne and died in Louvencourt, 1915)
German prisoners taken in our advance'.
a Jerry prisoner to obtain information which enables us to anticipate an
a Boche prisoner taken in a block house in our assault on the Hohenzollern
German prisoners at a dressing station, Longpont'.
prisoners, under guard of French soldiers, were humanely treated by the
prisoners, well housed near Belleau Woods, France'.
prisoner captured in a raid, pointing out to Staff Officer the disposition
of his units'.
prisoners escorted by French troops in front of Albert Cathedral, wrecked
prisoners compelled to carry our wounded during the strenuous battle for
coming in after the repulse at Hangard and Villers-Bretonneux in the "Kaiser's
Prussians with machine-guns captured by "Old Contemptibles" in our advance
To page one - Troops on the move
To page two - Troops at rest
To page three - Transport
To page four - Guns and gunners
To page five - In the trenches, over the top, fixed defenses, communications, materiel
To page six - Battle scenes
To page eight - Miscellaneous and war damage
To page nine - The wounded, the fallen, war graves
To page ten - Officers, victory parades
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