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World War I Archive, included assorted documents, poster, certificates, and ephemera, 60 plus items total, pertaining to Judge James A. Newman, whose currency collection is featured in this auction, from the time of his service as First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, 51st Infantry Regiment, 6th Infantry Division. 1st item: Letter in French with envelope from Mr. and Mme. Terriot of Recey-sur-Ource, Cote-d'Or, dated May 26, 1919, addressed to Monsieur James A. Newman/ 1st Lieutenant 51st Inf./American E. F. France/A. P. O. 777., with translation on Salvation Army stationary, presumably by Newman. The letter states how "greatly we regret not having you with us any longer…There are not many Americans in Recey by now. The company stationed close to us has left yesterday, and others follow it daily. May you all leave with the conviction that the French will always remember their friends (Americans) well and that they will never forget the eternal gratitude the French owe them". They request for Newman to "Please write us often. Your letters will be welcomed, for we will never forget you. Your absence is very noticeable in our house. Trusting that you will visit us, we are forwarding you our best sentiment, our excellent thoughts about you; and do deem us your devoted friends. A Terriot". 1 1/2" dried flower attached to letter, top left corner of first page. 2nd item: Letter in English with envelope from Malnouiy of Recey-sur-Ource, Cote-d'Or, dated December 6, 1946, addressed to M. James A. Newman/Attorney at Law/1210-11 Independent Building/Nashville/Tennessee/U.S.A. The letter begins "I write to say that Mr. Terriot is dead the last week, after a few days of illness. Worn by work, he went to bed for no use again; he kept his lucidity until he expire[d]. My mother remained near him to the last minute, since we were his best friends". Malnouiy writes that "In the France, for the time, we are in a critical situation. The revictualling is very bad and our directing – men think more politics; It's a pity after all things that we had seen during the Germans occupation! Perhaps a day, we will have a veritable chief who thinks French". 3rd item: Pre-World War I chromolithograph poster titled "Men Wanted For the Army" after a painting by Michael P. Whelan (American, 20th Century), published by American Lithography Company, New York, 1909. U.S. Army recruiting poster depicting an officer standing with a soldier, seated on a horse, blowing a bugle. "Apply at —- Recruiting Station." lower center under image. Signed in the plate, lower right. Housed in a light blue painted wooden frame. Sight – 39 5/8" H x 28 1/2" W. Framed – 41 1/8" H x 30" W. 4th item: Thirty-one (31) page document titled "Selection and organization of Snipers", undated. The first paragraph reads "A good sniper must be a good shot. He must be more inteeligent [sic] than the average man to be used as an observer. As such he must remember what he has observed, and know how to report it. He mus[t] be a man with plenty of guts. Must posses patience. He does not get frequent shots, and must often wait considerable time. He must not fire unless he is pretty certain that he will scorea [sic] hit. He must be physically fit, much more so than the average soldier". Mathematical notations, back cover page. Pages bound by twine, top left and right. 5th-9th items: Six (6) copies, three (3) incomplete, thirteen (13) pages total, of "The Voyage", "a semi-Occasional news periodical published by the Fifty-First United States Infantry in the interest of Sport, Fun and Good-Fellowship, on the occasion of its trip across the Atlantic and on its mission to help make the world safe for Democrats". 10th item: One (1) page document detailing "Platoon Attack Formation" organized under "1st Attack Formation" and "2nd Attack Formation". 11th item: Three (3) page document containing an "Alphabetical List of Officers in Fifty-First Infantry" dated June 3, 1918. Pages stapled, top left corner. 12th item: One (1) U. S. S. Leviathan Abandon Ship card, dated June 5, 1919, for Capt. J. A. Newman, stating that "You are assigned to Life Boat No. 61 located C deck near main mast for the current trip. A. Stanton/Commander, U. S. Navy,/Executive Officer". 13th item: One (1) Sixth Division, U.S. Army Time Inspection Service certificate, No. 17031, dated June 10, 1918, stating "This is to certify that watch No 1082803 make Ham…has been inspected and is up to the standard required in this Division". signed by Griffith-Weaver, Inspector. 14th item: Twelve (12) page official copy of "Memorandums — Hq. 51st. Inf. & Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga. Now in Force./Memo, Hq. Ft. Oglethorpe, GA. #1." dated June 30, 1917. Facsimile signature of S. F. Howard, cover page. Pages stapled, top left and right corners. 15th item: Two (2) page "Office of Supply Officer, Fifty First Infantry./Camp Forrest, Ga., 12th June, 1918./Memorandum:" from H. Robert W. Herwig, Captain & S. O., 51st Infantry. Pages stapled, top left corner. 16th item: Blank four (4) page "War Department./Quartermaster Corps./Officer's Pay Voucher.", Form No. 336. Front and back pages folded with two loose interior pages.17th item: One (1) page carbon copy of a letter with two (2) page War Department Circular No. 9, dated November 13, 1917 describing field glasses. The letter is a refusal of Newman's request for field glasses from Howard Elliot, Captain, Sig. R.C. A.S., Disbursing Officer, Chicamauga Park, GA, dated January 11, 1918. Letter and circular bound by paper clip, top center. 18th item: One (1) page document listing "Articles" of "Intrenching Tools" and Organization Equipment" in one column with a second column listing "Allowance" of each item. 19th-24th items: Six (6) pages of documents with envelope detailing Newman's loss of equipment will he was stationed in Recey-sur-Ource, Cote-d'Or with voucher for reimbursement for the sum of $174.66, dated February 4 – April 22, 1919. Three pages pinned, top left corner, two pages pinned, top center, one page, dated March 26, 1919, loose. 25th item: One (1) page carbon copy "Advertisement" reading "Come Join the Circus/Enlist in Headquarters Company/51st Infantry./Extraordinary Opportunities…[for] Men of the Following Trades/And Professions Are Required…" including "Pacifists/Trapeze Performers/Doughnut Hole Cutters/Lion Tamers/Beauty Specialists/Tooth Brush Makers" among other positions. 26th item: One (1) page receipt from the Atlantic Hotel, Boulevard Victor-Hugo, Nice, France. 27th-41st item: Fifteen (15) assorted military pins, medals, service ribbons, including one American Legion pin and one uniform button. 42nd item: One (1) faux black leather three-ring address book with photograph of an unidentified man and woman. Illegible pencil writing on front notebook pages, address section mostly blank. Book – 5 1/2" H x 3 1/2" W x 1/2" D. Photograph – 4 1/2" H x 2 7/8" W. 43rd item: One (1) black and white photo of an unidentified solider. Inscription reads "Not J A Newman", en verso. 11" H x 6 3/4" W. 44th item: One (1) miniature Brodie helmet stamped "American Legion Dept of Tenn Nashville" with laurel wreath and five pointed "US" star. 1 3/4" H x 5" W x 5 1/2" D. 45th item: One (1) blue felt with gold trim and writing reading "Welcome Legionnaire". 4" H x 11" W. 11" H x 6 3/4" W. 46th-49th items: Five (5) small flags, including four (4) United States of America flags and two (2) American Legion flags. Approximately 14" H. 50th item: One (1) card stock "disk", "prepared by Lt. James A. Newman Inf. R. C.". 5 1/8" dia. 51st item: One (1) tobacco advertising tin for the "Three Castles" cigarettes, W. D. and H. O. Wills, Bristol and London. 3 1/4" H x 2 3/4" dia. 52nd-56th item: Four (4) shoulder epaulets in one (1) brown canvas drawstring bag labeled "Newman". Bag – 6" H x 6" W. Epaulets – 5 1/2" L. 57th item: One (1) hardback copy of "No. 1923 – Description and Rules for the Management of the United States Rifle, Caliber .30, Model of 1903" published by the Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., 1917. 9 1/4" H x 6 1/8" W. 58th-60th items: Three (3) black and white photographs, one taken by Fletcher Harvey Schumacher, a Nashville, Tennessee photographer, depicting a man, identified as Billye Newman, en verso of one photograph. Housed in a card stock folder with" Portrait by Fletcher Harvey Schumacher" embossed lower right corner of front cover. Photographs range in size from 7" H x 5 1/8" W to 15 1/8" H x 11" W. Folder – 15 3/8" H x 11 3/8" W. 61st item: One (1) cotton and lace baby bib. 9" L. Early/mid 20th century. Provenance: the collection of the late James A. Newman (Nashville, TN, 1892-1964). Condition: All tems in overall good condition with toning, tears, dampstaining, etc., to be expected from age. 3rd item: Sheet adhered to auxiliary support. Areas of loss to poster, largest 3 5/8", exposing auxiliary support. Scattered foxing spots, largest 3/8", surface of sheet. Scattered creases, wrinkles, largest 5", surface of sheet. Areas of dampstaining, largest 1 1/2", surface of sheet.