This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt shows the great Sophie Tucker, comedienne, singer, vaudevillian and enthusiast of life during the second decade of the 20th century. You can click through here to a YouTube video which is really a slideshow of images of Ms Tucker over her theme song “Some of These Days.” While I do not have a photo of Ms. Tucker, I am inspired by the thought that she was so very popular that her songs and comedy might have helped some of the boys going off to war between 1914-1918 – the Great War. So, let’s look at some photos of American military during that era.
The distinctive hat and jodhpur pants create a silhouette that is recognizable anywhere. Here a soldier poses with two women on a pile of rocks.
Here three fellows pose on their mule-drawn wagon. World War I was the last war in which horses and other livestock were used on the battlefield.
I can’t tell you much about this one, except the back is annotated “no good, don’t got any more”.
This photo at first looked like a young teen boy, but then I realized that it is in fact a girl – skirt on the bottom but military style jacket and hat on top.
This snapshot is so well glued to the black backing paper it would take a jack-hammer to separate the two, plus there is an odd photo of a giant fern directly behind this one. There was something written on the back but it would destroy both photos to pull them apart enough to determine what exactly was written!
This final image is a real photo postcard, AZO brand. The back inscription reads “Rube Stadler, Taken abt Nov 1918 in San Francisco, Calif. Stationed at Camp Fremont Calif (Menlo Park) 9th Engr. Tr. Regt. Casual Detachment”.
Be sure to click over to Sepia Saturday to find out what other inspiration can be found from the photo of the “Last of the Red Hot Mommas”!