[World War I] "Ten Years After" Photographic Album, by W. Donald Hise, containing 201 black and white photographic prints, each print 8" x 6". The album has a leather cover and measures 13" x 9.5" with a total of 202 pages. The goal of the author was to document the severe destruction on the cities and fields of France and Belgium and to show the effects of ten years of reconstruction on the same locations. For the 1928 images, Hise took special care to replicate the same camera location and angle used in making the 1918 photographs. The result was a dramatic comparison of between the devastation caused by four years of war and the fruits of ten years of peace. Hise concentrated on battlefields where United States forces saw action, the Marne, Oiuse-Aisne, St. Mihiel, Flanders fields, the Somme, and the Argonne. The final photograph shows the Suresnes Cemetery on the slopes of Mont Valerien, five miles from the heart of Paris, where 1506 Americans who died in the First World War lie and where bronze tablets record the names of 974 men still missing. A total of 112,000 Americans died in the war. Hise worked as a photographer for the National Geographic Society. The album shows some wear, but the photographs, many unpublished, are in very fine condition.

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