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[World War One Small Box Gas Mask]

Description: World War One-era "small box respirator" gas mask, consisting of a canvas or cloth face piece, with inset glass or resin eye lenses, and straps that wrap around the back of the head. The front of the mask has a valve located behind a cloth-covered tube that goes over the mouth and attaches to a small yellow metal box containing activated charcoal (made of peach pits or the pits from other stone fruits). The wearer would have breathed only through the mouth, inhaling air scrubbed clean by the charcoal in the box, and had their nose squeezed shut by a clip inside the mask.
Date: [1914..1918]
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[World War One Doughboy Helmet]

Description: Doughboy helmet owned by Alvin Mansfield Owsley during World War One, made of steel with an anjustable leather chin strap. Officially known as the M1917 Helmet, it was also known colloquially as the dishpan hat, tin pan hat, washbasin, battle bowler, and Kelly helmet.
Date: unknown
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Item 2: World War I (4)

Description: This is the 2nd of 5 reels in the US Army Signal Corp produced film, "America Goes Over," documenting the activities of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I. The film was produced in 1918 and this print was likely produced ca. 1927. The footage begins with American troops marching through rainy streets in France, then taking wagons on French roads and gearing up for the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. The footage then shows American guns firing the first shots of the 47-day Meuse-Argonne battle, an artillery observer being launched into the air in a balloon with an early radio, then being shot down by planes and parachuting to safety while anti-aircraft guns shoot at the plane with the balloon bursting into flames afterward. The battle scenes include early night-time battle footage, artillery fire, a Renault FT-17 Tank, and various troop movement. As the troops move into the Argonne Forest the footage shows various small conflicts, the assessment of a wounded soldier, dead lying in the fields, and villages in ruins. The footage also features Generals Foch and Pershing giving an update, troops in downtime, prisoners marching, Pershing pinning medals on American troops, troops playing with a lion cub, milking a goat, dressing as women and dancing, and gambling entertainment.
Date: 1927
Creator: US Army Signal Corp
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

Item 5: World War I (3)

Description: This film is the 3rd of 5 reels in the US Army Signal Corp produced film, "America Goes Over," documenting the activities of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I. The film was produced in 1918 and this print was likely produced ca. 1927. The footage opens with radio operators working in the trenches, various scenes of battle planning, artillery firing, wounded soldiers being removed from a battlefield and the dead left behind. The film then moves to the American forces move toward Soissons, crossing the Marne, and taking Chateau Thierry. The American troops are seen eating, washing, getting haircuts, and welcoming more troops and supplies from ships from the United States. Footage shows the city of supplies at Gievres, an industrial cooking demonstration, and General Pershing writing commands. The film then moves into the opening of the Saint-Mihiel Offensive of 12 Sep 1918 with many artillery scenes, Renault tanks, soldiers cutting barbed wire at dawn, and troops running out of bunkers to fight. An airplane dogfight is captured on film from this battle, ending with the German pilot being shot down and taken prisoner. Troops are then shown digging in Howitzers, crossing enemy lines, surveying the German dead, helping wounded American troops off the field, resting, then going back the next day. In the German fortifications they find a dog used for sending messages. Troops are seen eating, feeding villagers, and marching German prisoners through the streets. The footage then moves to show the American and Australian troops marching through the Hindenburg line together. The footage ends showing the St. Quentin Canal Tunnel, and King Albert and Queen Elisabeth of Belgium watch the American troops marching.
Date: 1927
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[Portrait of John Draper]

Description: Portrait of John Draper with his hat tilted and left hand on his tip. This photograph shows him from the thighs and up. Text on the back reads: "John Draper...died WW1...John Draper from Daniel F. Draper estate."
Date: unknown
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis

[Herman Stricklin and Friend]

Description: Photograph of Herman Stricklin and a friend during World War I. Stricklin sits on the ground, and his friend sits on his shoulders. Stricklin's hat is placed to the left. Bushes or trees can be seen in the background. The photograph was purchased at the Abel estate sale in Waco.
Date: 1918
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis

[Postcard of 119th Field Armory Soldiers Shooting Cannon]

Description: Postcard of soldiers shooting cannons in a field, with the caption, "Bat. D. 119th F.A. in action. Camp MacArthur, Waco, Texas." A handwritten note on the back of the postcard is addressed to Mr. and Mrs. J. Claude Hill in Hartford, Michigan and says, "Dear Folks, Am getting along fine. Can limp around without my crutches. I am listed as a cannoneer and will be one of this bunch on the other side when I get well enough I expect! Will write you a letter soon. Loving son [?]."
Date: November 18, 1917
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis

Crowd Waited For Flash--'War Over'

Description: Denton Record-Chronicle newspaper clipping describing the celebration of Denton's citizens after the news of the signed armistice that ended World War I on November 11, 1918. The clipping includes a photograph of fireworks lighting up the Denton County Courthouse.
Date: unknown
Partner: Denton Public Library

[Honorable Discharge Paper to George E. Morse]

Description: Honorable discharge paper to George E. Morse from the United States Army. The paper describes his physical characteristics, age at enlistment; on the back of the paper there is a record of his enlistment from when he enlisted on April 4, 1914. This side of the document discusses his qualifications, vocation, any wounds he received while in the service, and if he was married.
Date: 1919
Creator: United States. Army.
Partner: Pioneer City County Museum

[Postcard of Soldiers Prepared for Inspection]

Description: Postcard with a photograph of soldiers standing outside of their tents at attention awaiting inspection in Camp MacArthur in Waco, Texas with a handwritten message on the back about the multitude of tents and streets in that camp. It states that there are eight men in a tent. There are cots in front of the tents with folded clothing and boots resting on the cots.
Date: unknown
Partner: Private Collection of T. B. Willis