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World War I photograph album

Identifier: MS-0008

Scope and Contents note

This album was salvaged from a landfill by Richard Mehaffey in 1997, thereby making its true provenance unknown. It can be speculated, however, that it may have belonged to Joseph Messenger since he is depicted in some of the photographs.

The album measures 7 x 11” with black paper pages and black leatherette covers. It is in very good condition. It includes 39 black and white postcards of various French provincial and city scenes; and 124 black and white photos ranging between 1 ¾ x 2 ½” and 2 x 3” and 3 ½ x 5 ½”. There are no captions. One photo, depicting a soldier in a formal pose, has handwritten on it “Il est beau de souffrir sans se plaindre. Joseph Messenger, Savenay France 1918.” The other photographs depict war encampments, biplanes, artillery equipment, soldiers at work and posed, officers, bomb ruins, trenches, nurses and farmers.


  • 1918

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to all users; no restrictions

Conditions Governing Use note

Rights have been transferred to the University of West Georgia.


0.21 Linear feet (1 box)




Photograph album depicting soldiers and French scenery during World War I.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated by Richard Mehaffey in 1997.

Processing Information note

Processed by Suzanne Durham in April 2008.

Guide to the World War I photograph album MS-0008
Finding aid prepared by Written by Suzanne Durham
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Language of description note
Description is in English

Repository Details

Part of the University of West Georgia Special Collections Repository

Special Collections, Ingram Library
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton GA 30118-2000 United States