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[Letter from Chaplain J. E. Doherty to Miss Shafford, October 13, 1918]

Description: Letter from Chaplain J. E. Doherty to Miss Shafford, October 13, 1918. In the letter, Doherty is inquiring about their friend in the war and their well-being. Writteno on the envelope reads "Letter, 1918, With U.S. Flag On it, Concerning the well-being of a friend of Miss Shafford in World War".
Date: October 13, 1918
Creator: Doherty, J. E.
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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[Letter from a Army Wife to a Adjutant of the Army]

Description: A letter from an unidentified army wife, self-described as "World War Wife" to a Adjutant of the Army where her husband is stationed, circa 1918. In the letter she is requesting the money that her husband is making while in the army to afford clothing and food for her family.
Date: [1918,1919]
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Victory Liberty Loan Honor Roll poster, World War I]

Description: Photograph of a Victory Liberty Loan "Honor Roll" poster from World War I, held by UNT Special Collections. The top half of the poster is an illustration of a white, red-framed flag with a giant navy V in it. Above it are the words "Honor Roll" in navy. Under the flag are small navy words that say "The Following Patriotic Men and Women in this Organization Have Invested in the" followed by "Victory Liberty Loan" in red. The bottom half of the poster contains five columns filled with numbered lines, numbering 1-100.
Date: December 23, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[The Other Side: Poems, cover]

Description: Photograph of the cover of "The Other Side: And Other Poems" by Gilbert Frankau, held by UNT Special Collections. The worn orange cover contains the title in a white box on the top left.
Date: September 23, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[The Sword]

Description: Photographs of "The Sword: Poems" by Gretchen Osgood Warren, held by UNT Special Collections. The cover is pale blue with a tan spine. The title is in the top left corner in a white label. Image 2, title page with two quotes underneath the title. Image 3, "Dying Peace" poem expanding over pages 132 and 13.
Date: September 16, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[En Repos and Elsewhere Over There, cover]

Description: Photograph of the cover of "En Repos and Elsewhere Over There" by Lansing Warren and Robert A. Donaldson, held by UNT Special Collections. The cover is light brown with a darker spine, the title and authors printed at the top in black ink.
Date: September 23, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[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

[Patriotic Toasts, cover]

Description: Photograph of the cover of "Patriotic Toasts" by Fred Emerson Brooks, held by UNT Special Collections. The cover is striped with red at the top, white in the middle and blue at the bottom. The title is over it in big black letters with the author in the bottom right corner in red lettering. 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.
Date: September 23, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Songs & Sonnets for England in War Time]

Description: Photographs of "Songs & Sonnets for England in War Time" a collection of lyrics by various authors inspired by the great war, held by UNT Special Collections. Published in the fall of 1914, just a month after Britain joined World War I, Songs and Sonnets for England in War Time reprints poems from a variety of newspapers and magazines. These are meant to inspire the nation and its individual subjects to victory and greatness in time of war. The volume’s cover is made of a grey wrapper that is not attached to the spine but folded over thick cardstock. Printed in red, the cover portrays Justica Britannia enthroned with a drawn sword raised in one hand and the scales of justice in the other, representing Britain's justness and might. The title page features an epigraph by Sir Walter Scott, and both the unattributed introduction and the publisher’s note by John Lane stress that patriotism can be inspired by verse for those called to serve and for those on the home front. Reinforcing this patriotic bent, the back cover and the inside front cover proclaim that the book’s profits will be donated to the Prince of Wales’ National Relief Fund, a motivation for readers to patriotically buy the volume. The publisher’s note claims Songs and Sonnets was unique in collecting war-related verse produced and printed during the conflict, and it proposes to make this the first of a series, although this does not seem to have happened. Presented chronologically by original publication date, each entry concludes with the place of the poem’s original publication. This organization takes readers through the war’s first weeks. There are only two exceptions to this ordering schema, the very first and last pieces. Both are written by William Watson, author of Adventures of a Despatch Rider …
Date: September 23, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Peace and Patriotism, cover]

Description: Photograph of the cover of "Peace and Patriotism" by Elva S. Smith, held by UNT Special Collections. The pale blue cover has a black stamped graphic over most of the front of a woman wearing a long white dress. The woman holds the dark train with stars up and holds a dove in her arms. The title is at the bottom in big letters.
Date: September 23, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Poems, G.K. Chesterton]

Description: Photographs of "Poems" by G.K. Chesterton, held by UNT Special Collections. The cover is red with the front framed by a decorative gold design and the title and author at the top, followed by another design, all stamped in gold. Image 2, frontispiece containing a black and white photo of a man with a mustached holding a book and pen, titled G.K. Chesterton under it. Image 3, poem titled "The Wife of Flanders" on the right page numbered 27.
Date: September 23, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Vision of War, cover]

Description: Photograph of the cover of "Vision of War" by Lincoln Colcord, held by UNT Special Collections. The cover is red with the title at the top. Above it is a banner with sun rays graphic. Towards the bottom of the cover is a black imprinted teepee.
Date: September 23, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[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

[Echoes of France]

Description: Photographs of "Echoes of France" by Amy Robbins Ware, held by UNT Special Collections. The cover is dark blue with a rubricated title and illustration enclosed in a black-stamped frame. Image 2, inscription on inside of cover written in pencil. On the left page is a stamped design. This image in Echoes from France by Amy Robbins Ware, an American nurse in France during WWI, demonstrates the kind of tensions generated by the coexistence of photographs and text. Image 3, pages 40 and 41. The page on the left has a black and white photo of a woman in a dress and gas mask, the page on the right a poem titled "J'attends, C'est la Guerre." Although the book contains no photographs of abject gore, it does feature this photo of a woman with a gas mask as a haunting reminder of such horror and an effacement of the familiar, such that the woman now wears the large dark eyes and proboscis reminiscent of insect life. The text at the bottom works against the tone of estrangement by way of the domesticating rhetoric of “little tin derby” in the place of “helmet.” The diminutive qualifier is not supported by the photo and so suggests a note of endearment and thereby emotional mastery. Similarly the poem to the left of the photograph turns its focus from the destructive power of the “Gothas,” the heavy bombers of the German Luftstreitkräfte, to “Life’s great adventure” and nostalgic invocations, however fleeting their comforts. Whereas the reassurance of a human face, no less real than the uniform before us, lies beneath the mask in the photograph, the terror of war lies beneath the rhetorical surface of the poem, whose imagistic force is for the most part diffused by familiarity of diction and detail. Both the …
Date: October 12, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[The Heart of Peace: And Other Poems]

Description: Photographs of "The Heart of Peace: And Other Poems" by Laurence Housman, held by UNT Special Collections. The light blue cover has the title printed at the top in dark blue, under it are six small hearts. Image 2, two pages with a poem titled "The Quick and The Dead" on page 16 and 17.
Date: September 16, 2016
Creator: Sylve, Joshua
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
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