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1917 Rotogravure WWI First American Casualties Thomas F Enright Alcedo Crew YNY3

1917 Rotogravure WWI First American Casualties Thomas F Enright Alcedo Crew YNY3

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"First of America's Fighting Men Killed in War"

This is an original 1917 duotone rotogravure from World War I with images of the first American casualties: Private Thomas F. Enright of Pittsburgh, PA; Private Merle D. Hay, a farmer from Iowa; Private James B. Gresham from Kentucky; and the crew of the converted yacht Alcedo which was sunk by a German submarine resulting in the loss of 21 men.


This 97+ year old Item is rated Very Fine ++. Light aging throughout. No surface rub. Small tear - right margin. No water damage. There is printing on the verso. Please note that the white spots in the bottom right corner are just reflections on the digital image -- they are NOT on the item.

  • Product Type: Original Rotogravure; Duotone
  • Grade: Very Fine ++
  • Dimensions: Approximately 10 x 15.25 inches; 25 x 39 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Period Paper is pleased to offer a collection of historic World War I rotogravures from 1917, the year that the United States entered the war. This global conflict, known as the Great War (and sometimes as "The war to end all wars"), was centered in Europe beginning 28 July 1914 and lasting until 11 November 1918, and ultimately involved all the worldÕs great powers and cost millions of lives.

About Rotogravure: Rotogravure is a printing method using a rotary press with intaglio cylinders which allows for very high quality halftone reproductions to be printed at high speed on inexpensive paper stock. Newspapers, beginning with The New York Times, were able to make effective use of this technology, and many published regular rotogravure pictorial sections in their publications during the early 20th century.