Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Friday, June 19, 2020

A Great Series of AEF Photos at Fold3 from is a subscription genealogical service that sometimes offers free material to the general public.  They now have available well over 1,000 individual portraits and wide-format group and panoramic images of Americans who served it the Great War.  I believe they are all from the collections on the National World War One Museum at Kansas City, MO.  Those available online can all be accessed here:

Below are some that caught my eye as I scrolled through the two sets.  Click on the images to get much larger versions of the photos (except the two portraits).

Officers and Men 2nd Division in Germany (Detail)

Six Observation Balloon Crews

Hello Girl Marie LeBlanc, Signal Corps

803rd Pioneer Infantry (Detail)

U.S. Meuse-Argonne Cemetery in Transitional Phase
with 22,000 Graves, 1920

Medal of Honor Recipient John Barkley, 3rd Division

Nursing Staff at an Unidentified Base Hospital

USS Mercury Returns to Charleston, SC, with Troops of the
30th Old Hickory Division, March 1919

Thanks to Steve Miller for the heads up on this resource.


  1. Fascinating pictures. The USS Mercury looks like it's been through some rough times.