1922 Rotogravure World War I French American Flags African American Soldiers


This is an original 1922 sepia rotogravure of General Passaga decorating the French Croix de Guerre with a flag. Also shown are African American troops who had just come from a French port, and the bottom right image shows the army of General Manging saluting the first American flag on the French front. Over 350,000 African Americans fought overseas during World War I, though most were not in combat units, and were used to build roads and dig trenches. Upon returning to the states, African Americans did not stop fighting for respect and freedom, and the fight for equality skyrocketed to new heights. The desegregation of the United States military occurred in July of 1948 by Harry S. Truman.


This 89+ year old Item is rated Very Fine ++. Light aging throughout. Light wrinkling. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note that there is print on the reverse.

  • Product Type: Original Rotogravure; Sepia
  • 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)