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1778-1783. America owes France the most unalterable gratitude : 1917- -- . French Comrade your children shall be as our children.

Description: Black and white drawing of a soldier saluting the grave of another soldier. A weeping boy and a girl kneeling in prayer are at his sides. In the sky to the upper right there is a faint drawing of a row of soldiers standing guard and a commander on horseback.
Date: 1918
Creator: Jonas, Lucien, 1880-1947.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[1914 & Other Poems]

Description: Photographs of "1914 & Other Poems" by Rupert Brooke, held by UNT Special Collections. The first image, is of the inside of the book with a faint illustration of a man's profile, the second image the see-through brown piece of paper is turned over to cover the illustration but to reveal the title of the book. Although Rupert Brooke (1887-1915) died before ever seeing battle, he was renowned for his war sonnets. W.B. Yeats noted that Brooke was “handsomest young man of England,” a fact that may account for some of his fame. Educated at Cambridge, he became a thespian, scholar, and soldier. Brooke, commissioned in the Royal Navy, never got to see battle. He died in 1915 at sea from sepsis. An eerie photograph portrait of the author’s profile, dated 1913, appears opposite the title page in this edition. Following the title page with publisher information and the typical copyright statement, we encounter a brief biographical note listing Brooke’s education and war time experience. His five war sonnets, titled “1914,” became notable for their romantic and patriotic view of the war. As a young man, Brooke wrote poems and published in anthologies and periodicals; his first volume of poetry, simply titled Poems, appeared in 1911 and (according to a note printed in this edition of 1914 and Other Poems) was reprinted in 1913 and twice in 1915. The contents of this volume are separated into sections beginning with the war sonnets titled “1914” followed by “The South Seas” and finally “Other Poems.” The last page of the book lists where the book was printed and contains a small slip that is taped to the back page, which was to be affixed to the spine of the book. An original slip is glued on the spine with the title of …
Date: November 3, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

2me Emprunt de la Défense Nationale : en avant, armée de l'épargne, c'est pour la patrie.

Description: A crowd of people hands money to a woman draped in a blue, white, and red French flag and wearing a helmet. The woman stands in front of a winged statue of liberty ("La Marseillaise"). The stairs around her are littered with bills, coins, and money bags. A small cherub figure in a helmet sits near the woman's feet.
Date: 1916
Creator: Robaudi, Alcide Théophile, 1850-1928.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[36th National Guard Private's wool jacket, , World War I]

Description: Photographs of 36th National Guard Private's wool jacket from World War I, held by UNT Special Collections. This jacket was worn by George N. Rucker who was stationed at Camp Travis in San Antonio, Texas, during World War I. The first image shows an arrowhead patch with the "T" in the center represents the 36th infantry division of the Texas Army National Guard, which was made up of Texans and Oklahomans. The silver chevron patch lower on the sleeve represents stateside service of at least six months. A second silver chevron patch would have been added for an additional six months served, so we can tell that Rucker only served between six and eleven months. The red chevron near the shoulder represents honorable discharge. Image 2, front of wool jacket with two pockets on the top and bottom of each side and five buttons along the middle.
Date: December 12, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

3e Emprunt de la Défense Nationale : souscrivez : pour la France qui combat! Pour celle qui chaque jour grandit.

Description: A bearded man in a blue coat and helmet holds a young child in his arms. In front of him, a mother is seated and breastfeeding an infant. The man and child are illustrated in color, while the image of the mother and infant is a black pencil drawing.
Date: 1917
Creator: Leroux, Jules Marie Auguste, 1871-1954.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[4th Liberty Loan Honor Roll poster, World War I]

Description: Photograph of 4th Liberty Loan "Honor Roll" poster from World War I, held by UNT Special Collections. The poster has an illustration of a red framed flag at the top with four blue stripes down the middle. The words "Help our town win this flag" are in dark blue at the top. Under the flag is the title "4th Liberty Loan" in red. The bottom half of the poster has four columns of numbered lines numbering 1-100.
Date: December 23, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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America Goes Over [Part 1]

Description: First of 5 reels documenting the activities of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I, with footage featuring shots of European soldiers fighting and the entrance of the United States into the war with soldiers being drafted and trained. It also includes cartoons by famous A.E.F. artist Wally.
Date: 1927~
Duration: 16 minutes 06 seconds
Creator: United States. Army. Signal Corps.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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America Goes Over [Part 2]

Description: Second of 5 reels documenting the activities of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I with footage of American soldiers on various assignments in Europe, particularly the Meuse-Argonne battle.
Date: 1927~
Duration: 15 minutes 48 seconds
Creator: United States. Army. Signal Corps.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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America Goes Over [Part 3]

Description: Third of 5 reels documenting the activities of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I with footage of U.S. soldiers at camps and during battles at various locations in Europe, including the Saint-Mihiel Offensive.
Date: 1927~
Duration: 20 minutes 50 seconds
Creator: United States. Army. Signal Corps.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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America Goes Over [Part 4]

Description: Fourth of 5 reels documenting the activities of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I, including footage of U.S. soldiers in France and the start of the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.
Date: 1927~
Duration: 17 minutes 59 seconds
Creator: United States. Army. Signal Corps.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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America Goes Over [Part 5]

Description: Fifth of 5 reels documenting the activities of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I including general footage of U.S. soldiers in Europe as well as troops celebrating news of the November 11 cease-fire, and Joffre, Foch, Pershing, French, and other generals shaking hands.
Date: 1927~
Duration: 15 minutes 33 seconds
Creator: United States. Army. Signal Corps.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[American Soldier Ballads, cover]

Description: Photograph of the cover of "American Soldier Ballads" by F.B. Camp, held by UNT Special Collections. The cover is dark yellow in color with the title at the top in red lettering.Under the title is an illustration of soldiers sitting or standing around a fire. This edition of Patriotic Toasts was published in 1917 by Forbes and Company in Chicago. Each page has a lithographic decorative blue border surrounding the printed text, and the dense cardboard cover contains a stoic depiction of Uncle Sam carrying an American flag, reinforcing the book’s self-proclaimed patriotism. The author, Fred Emerson Brooks, a popular 19th century poet, wrote several books of “toasts” – short poems likely meant to be read aloud in social gatherings. A notice in the back of this volume advertises Brooks’s other publications, including the comically titled Cream Toasts and Buttered Toasts, with a series of quotes from major newspapers attesting to Brooks’s sparkling wit. The collection of poems in this book captures the vigor of the American spirit at the time of its entry into World War I. Poems such as “Old Glory” and “Liberty’s Banner” are dense with the nationalist rhetoric that would eventually lose much of its appeal in the years to come. Other poems, like “To Our Own Good Germans,” exemplify the propagandizing attempts to vilify the people of Germany. When reading these poems, one can easily envision the host of a dinner party at the turn of the 20th century lifting his glass at the end of a spirited speech. This edition of Patriotic Toasts was published in 1917 by Forbes and Company in Chicago. Each page has a lithographic decorative blue border surrounding the printed text, and the dense cardboard cover contains a stoic depiction of Uncle Sam carrying an American flag, reinforcing the book’s …
Date: October 14, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

And they thought we couldn't fight: Victory Liberty Loan.

Description: Color illustration of a wounded yet smiling soldier. His uniform sleeves are tattered, and he is bloodied and bandaged; he wears a helmet and carries three enemy helmets in his hands, in addition to his rifle. A barbed wire fence and the ruins of a building can be seen in the background.
Date: 1919
Creator: Forsythe, Vic, 1885-1962
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Any Soldier to His Son, cover]

Description: Photograph of the cover of "Any Soldier to His Son" by George Willis, held by UNT Special Collections. The cover is grey, with the spine being darker. The title is in a silver frame on the top right, the lettering also in silver. In 1919, a collection of poems titled Any Soldier to His Son, authored by George Willis, was published by George Allen & Unwin LTD out of London. Although there is not much readily available biographical information on Willis, it is known that he was a soldier in the British army during World War I. The book itself is small, with an olive green cover designed by C.R.W. Nevinson but otherwise lacking illustrations other than the ornate publisher’s insignia on the title page. There is also no dedication or foreword, leaving the reader with little direction on how to read the book. However, the book concludes with a one-page advertisement for three other books of war poetry also published by George Allen & Unwin, including A Gallipoli Diary by Major Graham Gillam, another first-hand account of battle. Any Soldier to His Son contains eighteen poems, ranging in length but written primarily in rhyming couplets. Notable titles include “Any Soldier to His Son,” “To My Mate,” and “By Green Envelope,” addressed to the poet’s beloved wife. The subject matter of Willis’ poetry revolves around the experiences of a soldier, both during and after the war. Willis investigates the change in a soldier brought on by combat, and the book ends with “A Testament,” in which the soldier is asking for peace in death. In the progression of the poems, Willis is arguably imagining himself as a mouthpiece for all soldiers. Through his poetry, he seeks to help civilians better understand what it meant to be on the front lines …
Date: September 23, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Artillery shell casings, World War I]

Description: Photographs of artillery shell casings from World War I, held by UNT Special Collections. The first image shows the brown rusted bullets from the bottom, one is closed and the other one hollow. Image 2, bullet laying down. The bullet is long and thin.
Date: December 1, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Aurelia & Other Poems, cover]

Description: Photograph of the cover of "Aurelia & Other Poems" by Robert Nichols, held by UNT Special Collections. The book is brown with a white label on the front with the title printed on it.
Date: November 3, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Backgrounds, cover]

Description: Photograph of the cover of "Backgrounds" by Grace Mary Golden, held by UNT Special Collections. The pale grey paper book contains the title and author at the top, the publishing info at the bottom. Most of the page is covered by an illustration of a woman watching a soldier rowing at sea with a dog next to her. All the wording and illustrations are in black.
Date: September 23, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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