Maggs Bros Ltd

4th Cavalry Photo Album

HAWAII  (1919.])

£3500.00 

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215 photographs (including 20 loosely inserted), many captioned in the negative and signed either "EW" or "ETZ", some captioned in ink, nearly all are real photo postcards. Large 8vo. Suede covered album, hand-tooled image of a surfer on the upper board and the text "Aloha from Hawaii", very good. 96pp. [Hawaii, 1914 -

The 4th Cavalry Regiment was posted to Schofield Barracks in Hawaii in 1913 and remained there until 1919. Germany had colonial outposts in New Guinea and Samoa, and so the 4th was tasked with protecting American interests in the Pacific during the First World War.

 

The album gives a warm overview of what life was like for soldiers stationed on Hawaii. Included are photos of them arriving at barracks by train, and then the majority depict the regiment on parade, engaged in training or enjoying local life. In barracks, we see army wagon trains, a picket line, and artillery in action. In the field, there are shots of a mobile telephone and observations, signal corps stations, field kitchens, and even a motorcycle barber shop. Off duty, there are high-spirited images of carnivals including images of white and African-Americans parading and performing as clowns and trick-riders, "Militant Suffragists" on parade with signs and banners, a peace pageant, an "Indian hold-up", a "King Booze" parade cart carrying whiskey barrels and manned by African-American soldiers waving jugs and bottles, a portrait of Miss Becker "lady champion swimmer", and even silent film stuntman, Cliff Bowes, performing high dives. Lastly, there are some photos of Hawaiians themselves, a well as local topography and architecture.

 

Several of the loose photo postcards are written to Annie or Melbourne and all signed off Ed, though appear to be unsent.

 

Stock Code: 225122