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Saturday, April 14, 2012

"Flash Mobs" Are Not New -- Photographs

21,000 Soldiers, Battle Creek, MI 1918

Photographers Arthur S. Mole and John D. Thomas were given a project by the US Government.

They would take photos intended to promote the sale of war bonds, by recreating bits of "American History."

They travelled to military bases mostly, and shot these.

With a willing crowd of posing army recruits, they placed their camera on a tower 100 feet tall.

And voila.

12,000 soldiers, Des Moines, IA 1917

30,000 Soldiers, Camp Lee, VA 1918

21,000 Soldiers Portray Woodrow Wilson
22,500 Soldiers in Georgia, 1918
The University of Pittsburgh, 1920
20,000 Soldiers, Michigan, 1918
bio on Mole link

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