My latest Flickr album – Sweet 16 – A Golden Birthday for Flickr Commons – celebrated the 16th birthday of the Flickr Commons. When I was looking for images for the Flickr album, the photo below showed up in my search results, as the caption tells us that the bus made sixteen round trips daily:
From the American National Red Cross Collection, this November 1918 photo shows a bus in London that carried wounded soldiers to Queen Mary’s Hospital in the Roehampton section of London. The hospital specialized in the rehabilitation of those who lost limbs in World War I.
Looking closely at the photo, I noticed a poster that I knew was a part of the poster collection housed in the Library’s Prints & Photographs Division:
The poster, titled “The First Three!” includes portraits of the first three American soldiers killed in the war: Private Merle Hay, Private Thomas Enright, and Corporal James Gresham. They died in November of 1917.
Here we see the bus making another stop on its route: