Friday, June 27, 2008

One Tin Soldier

While sorting thru some donated type cases, trying my best to figure out what in the world the pied sorts contained, this little guy surfaced: a World War One "Doughboy". No doubt he was cast from type metal. Also found in the job case was a "Dog Tag" from the U.S. Army Expeditionary Force under General Pershing. The Pioneer Settlement has the Dog Tag. I have the Soldier. Could the Soldier have been owned by the same person who's Dog Tag this was? Or perhaps one of the children?

Marjorie, of 3-Toad Press suggested that I attempt some research. When time permits, I will do just that. Hopefully, Army Records may tell us a little more about the "Doughboy". In the meantime, here are some photos of One Tin Soldier.

In case you are wondering what the Doughboy is carrying on his back, it's either a very thin backpack (the casting is very thin) or possibly a gas tank. There appears to be what looks like a regulator valve at the top of the device. He is shouldering a bolt action rifle. Note the wraps on this leggings. And, of course, the Dishpan Helmet worn by both the Tommies and the Yanks. (And the ANZACs)

There was a song that was popular in the boroughs of New York City around 1917, during the Liberty War Fund drives that played upon the immigrant community there, and also in Philadelphia, a three hour train ride to the south:

"When Tony goes over the top . . . .
Keep your eyes on - that wonderful W.O.P."

Ahh, yes. Another era.


G. Johanson, Settlement Printer

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