J. H. Breazeale Jr. Photograph Album: Mules of World War I

C1: 105
ca.1915
1 album, 7 x 5 inches; 48 photo prints 

C1:105  J. H. Breazeale Jr. Photograph Album: Mules of World War I C1:105  J. H. Breazeale Jr. Photograph Album: Mules of World War I

Among our most unique holdings, this small and unassuming piece, assembled by Dr. J. H. Breazeale (1889–1966), a veterinarian who served in the Army Medical Corps, reflects the striking public-private dichotomies of life in wartime, serving apparently as both a family photo album and work journal. Approximately half of Breazeale’s forty-eight amateur photos endearingly capture his wife and young sons at home, with handwritten captions such as “Branson’s first trousers” and “Calling kitty.” The rest of the images document the grim duties of a wartime veterinarian, with sobering captions such as “These pens contain 1300 Missouri Mules,” “Shot for losing foot,” “Burial at sea,” and “Loading the dead wagon, Newport News, Va.” At the outset of World War I, the mule was indispensible for moving artillery, ammunition, and other supplies. It’s estimated that during the war more than 500,000 horses and mules were processed for use in Europe, with more than 68,000 killed in the course of action. 

Provenance:
Purchased

2 Comments

  1. Vickers said:
    7 August 2013 at 7:55 am

    Do you have a pic of mules on the Western Front in WW I ? Could I use it to illustrate a book ?

    • Dale said:
      8 August 2013 at 1:45 pm

      Sorry, but this collection only documents the mules leaving the United States.

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