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Photos – American Portraits

Photos – American Mole & Thomas

Arthur S. Mole and John D. Thomas began their careers in “Living Photographs” in a church organization in the Chicago area. Their first attempt to shoot photos of patriotic images on military bases was in 1917, just after the U.S. declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917. Their first photo was of the American flag taken at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Illinois. It was Mole’s job to erect a 75 foot tower and with a camera, take the “Living Photographs.” Between 1917 and the end of the war in 1919, this team took 30 or more patriotic pictures. There are four of these photos in the collection. Mole & Thomas were very business-oriented and made thousands of copies of the photos to sell to each of the participants.

Photos – American Other Groups

Photos – American Planes and Ships

Photos – American Memorials

Arts of the Great War Collection