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.
lifting a serious case. Stretcher-bearers at work'.
field hospital - locating bullet with X-ray machine'.
away the wounded in motor ambulance (Somme)'.
of wounded at a base hospital'.
water to a wounded pal beside a Hun block house shattered in our advance
at Hooge, Ypres'.
up the severely wounded from among the dead, battlefield scene, France'.
bearers rescue a comrade wounded in our great push on the Somme'.
to wounded on the Menim Road, Ypres, during the stiff fighting around Zonnebeke'.
Cross dog and soldier for whom he got help'.
first aid to the wounded in the French trenches'.
dog in war - Reporting to First Aid Squad with helmet of wounded soldier'.
soldiers binding up the wounds of their prisoners after the battle'.
convalescents nicknamed "The Cripples", about to return to the Front'.
in the wounded "on stretchers stiff and bleared with blood"'.
stretcher bearers carrying a wounded comrade through the trenches at Dixmude'.
at Monchy Dressing Station attending the wounded coming down the line'.
carrying a "blighty" case to an aid post through the maze of trenches at
the storm and stress of battle, caring for the wounded'.
wounded being transferred to hospital ship from transport, Hoboken'.
soldier about to undergo operation. Hospital No 5, New York'.
wounded heroes back to health. Convalescent Hospital No 5, New York'.
over soldiers' quarters - General Hospital in distance, Camp Upton, N.Y.'.
after the charge has swept over captured positions under German shell-fire'.
charge by the Leicesters baffles the Kaiser's bid to wipe out the Old Contemptibles,
on Vimy Ridge after our dogged and impetuous assault on the height. April
the assault on Mouquet Farm, Thiepval Ridge, taken by our matchless infantry
at heavy cost'.
Condition. Slightly darker on l/h image but scanner has struggled to reproduce.
out! A nest of Hun machine-guns which held up our advance at Monchy, Battle
messy, that bit of a fight". Dead Germans amidst wire entanglements'.
sickly shrapnel-sown meadows reaped by death alone'.
last fight - "See he lies, death staring from his eyes" - Somewhere in
of Lieut. Quentin Roosevelt, buried by Germans where he fell'.
on Altar of German Militarism - Arrival of dead at Military Cemetary, Villers
au Bois, France'.
to the Home Land". Removing Casket of America's Unknown Soldier from the
Olympia, Washington D.C.'.
American Cemetery at Belleau Wood'.
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 seven - Battlefield landscapes, prisoners
To page eight - Miscellaneous and war damage
To page ten - Officers, victory parades
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