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Ivy Ambulance: 1919

Ivy Ambulance: 1919

Circa 1919. "Red Cross ambulances at Washington Monument." Courtesy of Yale and Harvard, which had the better letterer. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

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Re: Stand at attention

And lie at attention, too.

Ivy League Competition

Although Harvard had the better letterer, Yale's tarpaulin flap roller-uppers were a force to be reckoned with.

Volunteering

in 1917 at the age of of 23, my great aunt Clarissa joined the Red Cross and went overseas to drive ambulances like these in France. Returning from the front with a souvenir artillery shell from Verdun and a bolstered level of self confidence and worldliness, she had a hard time fitting back into the quiet lifestyle that genteel Northern Virginia country ladies of her generation were expected to lead.

Stand at Attention

when you are carrying that stretcher!

Lettering job

Looks to me like like some negative retouching is partly responsible.

[This looks like paint. Dark lettering would mean scraping off the emulsion. - Dave]

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