WORLD WAR ONE SALVATION ARMY PICTURE POST CARDS –
ca. 1918 – AS PROVIDED TO THE SOLDIERS WITH THE AEF IN
This set of three
picture post cards each feature scenes advertising the
work the Salvation Army was doing for the soldiers of
the American Expeditionary Force in France. The subject
matter of all three focus on the work of the “Doughnut
Dollies” - one showing a smiling field equipped soldier
holding his doughnut, another showing one of the Dollies
wearing a helmet and offering a pan full of doughnuts,
and the third showing a line of field equipped soldiers
waiting in line to enter a Doughnut hut fashioned from a
large tent. There was an obvious effort made to show
the Salvation Army’s efforts close to the front lines,
emphasizing the service to the troops in the trenches.
The reverse of
each card is printed as with any post card, with fields
for addresses, but also with the admonition to donate to
the Salvation Army in order to support their efforts.
These cards, provided to the soldiers who would then
presumably send them home to family and friends, were
not only provided as a service to the soldiers, but a
sure way to advertise the organization.
measuring 5 3/8" x 3 3/8", are in amazing condition with
only the most minor of wear marks here and there on the
edges. The images are bright and clear with no fading.
This a scarce
offering of what must be a relatively low surviving
number of these World War One Salvation Army post cards,
and they would display well with your Great War
collection. (1011) $45