AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE IN SIBERIA. Large archive of photographs, negatives and ephemera, including:
Lot 1
AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE IN SIBERIA.
Large archive of photographs, negatives and ephemera, including:
Sold for US$ 4,000 inc. premium

Voices of the 20th Century

16 Jun 2015, 13:00 EDT

New York

Lot Details
AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE IN SIBERIA.
Large archive of photographs, negatives and ephemera, including:
1. 6 albums of photographs plus many loose photographs, predominately gelatin silver prints, approximately 5 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches to 3 x 1 3/4 inches, generally good to very good condition, albums with wear, some photographs removed. Many with annotation in either album or on verso.
2. Large collection of negatives, generally 2 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches, most in good to very good condition. Many are indexed in albums.
3. Autograph Manuscript, 38 pp, [1918?], being a soldier's diary, bound in cloth, otherwise used as a file for negatives, cover detached, otherwise good.
4. Various ephemeral items including a United States of America War Department Certificate of Identity for Russian Railway Service Corps member Everett Howard Showalter, November 15, 1917; a Christmas Day menu for American Red Cross and Russian Railway Service Corps Mess dinner in Vladivostok, Siberia; Chinese Eastern Railway Service Pass, 1st Class for Lieutenant R.N. Montgomery, in Cyrillic with English translation; Issue no. 4 of Pravda, October 1931.

THE FIRST AND ONLY TIME AMERICAN TROOPS WERE ON RUSSIAN SOIL.
When the Bolshevik government made a separate peace with Germany in the later days of World War I, the Allied nations decided to send troops to Siberia to protect military stockpiles in Vladivostock (almost 1 billion dollars-worth had been sent by the United States); to rescue the Czechoslovak Legion that was fighting its way east along the Bolshevik-held Trans-Siberian Railway; and to support the White Russians in their fight against the Bolsheviks.
The above collection appears to come from at least 2 different soldiers and includes both vernacular shots and some purchased postcard photographs. Images include much in Vladivostock and Irkustak, two important cities along the railway line that were main areas of operation for the Allies, but also a number that document the journey to and from Russia including images of Japan, the Philippines, Honolulu, Manchuria, Mongolia, some throughout America, and quite a few of Harbin (the Chinese city to which many of the defeated White Russians retreated) and Peking. The images strike a curious balance between depicting the horrors of war (piled casualties, armored train cars, various assembled troops and refugees) and the wonders of travel.
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