Lot 793

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Set of 22 photographs in presentation folder prepared upon the occasion of the arrival of Gen. John J. Pershing in France as head of the A.E.F. The photos, each 9" x 6 1/2" and mounted to a 16 1/2" x 12 1/2" green mount, are contained within a folder imprinted in gold (in French): "Documents of the Photographic Section of the French Army". Each image also bears a period typewritten caption beneath which clearly was prepared by a non-native English-speaker. Images include Pershing and American troops arriving at Boulogne, reviewing the honor guard, attending an air exhibition, American bands and troops parading in Paris, meeting Poincare and French governmental leaders, the mobs greeting Pershing, Foch, Joffre and Pershing meeting, and much more. While the covers are stained and quite worn, the photos within remain in excellent condition. of the On June 13, 1917, a little more than two months after the United States entered World War I, Gen. John J. Pershing arrived in France with his staff to establish American forces in Europe. Landing in Boulogne, he was met by an honor guard of veterans, and proceeded to Paris where he received accolades from the enormous crowds.

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November 14, 2018 10:00 AM EST
Chesapeake City, MD, US

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