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1917: Soldiers of the 164th Depot Brigade form a service flag at Fort Riley in Kansas.
1917: Soldiers of the 164th Depot Brigade form a service flag at Fort Riley in Kansas.

1917: Soldiers of the 164th Depot Brigade form a service flag at Fort Riley in Kansas.

Regular price £100

1917: Soldiers of the 164th Depot Brigade form a service flag at Fort Riley in Kansas.

(Arthur Mole / Library of Congress)

Arthur Mole achieved some renown as a photographer of patriotic American images such as this - though by birth, Mole was actually British.  Still, he directed his photographic attention to US military bases and installations during the First World War, seeking to build up a sense of patriotic fervour and enthusiasm.

After composing and planning for a week, Mole and his associate brought an 80-feet high platform to each military establishment, from whence, through a megaphone, Mole proceeded to direct vast numbers of serving troops and other staff into his enormous ‘living insignia’.  It would take several hours or moving and standing before the picture was laid out to Mole’s satisfaction.

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Specifications:

  • Limited edition print run of 100 pieces

  • Supplied with Paper Time Machine certificate of authenticity to provide limited edition provenance

  • Hand printed in the UK, global shipping available

  • Dimensions: 30 x 40cm including border for easy framing

  • Presented on premium Fuji photographic paper

  • C-type Fuji Crystal archive paper with a semi-matt finish. The paper is coated with a slightly stippled texture giving a very natural photographic finish with subtle colour