A lot of readers know that over the past decade, I have been an active collector of WWI US Tank Corps material. Like many collectors, I go through “collecting” evolutions. What most don’t know is that I have been a lifetime collector of antique photography.
I “acquired” my first carte de visite when I was about 9 years old. I had been digging through trunks and boxes in the attic of the family’s Victorian home. I stumbled into a bunch of images and I had hoped to find a Civil War soldier. As it turned out, there were none. My dad sensed my disappointment as I showed him the handful of photos. He gave me one of a family that he said were ancestors who lived during the Civil War. I promptly labeled the back of “John F. Graf collection.”
Over the next few years, I acquired more images covering a variety of topics. By the early 1980s, I was elected to be president of the Daguerreian Society, an international organization of photo historians and artists dedicated to the world’s first form of photography.
In those many years, I have amassed a rather large collection of images—nothing fantastic, but I do have a few that I will share:
10 of JAG’s FAVORITES
No. 10. Two Marines, ca. 1921
No. 9. Dr. Eugene Lemieux, Boer War
No. 8. Unidentified Korean War BAR man and Jeep
No. 7. Belgian bicycle troops, 1914
No. 6. US WWI Soldiers Demonstrating How to Carry the Wounded
No. 5. 90th Division WWI Soldier in full gear
No. 4. WWI Belgian in trench armor
No. 3. Russian Soldier, 1917.
No. 2. A Mexican Insurrecto, 1911.
No. 1. Group of kids playing army, ca. 1920
WOW! This was HARD to do. Sorting through thousands of photos, I can’t say these are my TOP favorites, but are just a few that help me connect to the history I enjoy. I hope you enjoyed seeing a few of my images and look forward to sharing more in the future.
Preserve the Memories,
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