Exceptional album of 141 original photographs of World War I in France, including 44 photographs of tanks stamped "SECRET" to front and with official stamp from the "Section Photographique de l'Armée" to the reverse, views of demolished buildings around Vienne-la-Ville, battlefields, aerial views from the Somme region, mortars, and German aircraft, all with handwritten captions, several with dates including 1915, 1916, 1918, and one dated 1921. All but one of the photographs inserted into pre-cut slots in special photo album pages, one photograph loose. Photographs vary in size from 3-1/8 x 4-3/8 to 9-3/16 x 11-5/8 inches. Oblong 4to. Black cloth-backed boards. N.p., n.d. (circa 1921).
Perhaps most interestingly, almost a third of the photographs in this album are stamped "Secret" to the fronts of the photographs and "Reproduction Interdite" to the backs, along with an official French army stamp. Some of the aerial view photographs in this album include battlefields with visible trenches from Vermandovillers and Fort de Vaux, with the photos of Vermandovillers dated September 17, 1916. Additional aerial views feature notations or captions printed within the images, including timestamps, dates, locations, and landmarks. Other notable photographs include a variety of German aircraft, including Fokker, Rumpler, LVG, and Albatros. A remarkable collection. Book ID: 48820