Arthur S. Mole (American, born England, 1889–1983)
John D. Thomas (American, died 1947)
Gelatin silver print
33.7 x 26.2 cm (13 1/4 x 10 5/16 in.)
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Not on view
Mole first developed his technique of collective portraiture in a religious context, photographing fellow church members gathered together in the shape of religious symbols. When the United States entered World War I, Mole and his colleague John Thomas turned to patriotic themes. They choreographed thousands of soldiers into formations such as the Liberty Bell and the Statue of Liberty, an American "Human Shield" comprising thirty thousand men, and this profile of President Wilson.
Inscription: Inscribed in white ink on negative, LL: "Sincerely Yours, // Woodrow Wilson // [in block letters] 21,00 OFFICERS AND MEN // CAMP SHERMAN, CHILLICOTHE OHIO // BRIG. GEN. MATHEW C. SMITCH, COMMANDING. // INTERNATIONAL // COPYRIGHT // 1918 // 915 MEDINAH BLDG. // CHICAGO, ILL."
[Joyce Tandlich to Waddell, March 3, 1985]; John C. Waddell, New York
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. ""Our Future Is In The Air": Photographs from the 1910s," November 10, 2010–April 10, 2011.
La Ville Magique. Lille, France: Lille Métropole Musée d'Art Moderne d'Art Contemporain et d'Art Brut, 2012. fig. 27.