Scope and Contents
The Langtry Postcard Collection consists of three separate segments. This first part is a single real-photo card, circa 1918, "The Czeck [sic.] army headquarters at Vladivostok," which is also labeled in Japanese [not translated]. The Czech Legion, composed of Czech prisoners of war who wanted to fight on the side of the Entente, broke with Bolshevik authorities during the Russian Civil War and fought in support of the White movement.(1)
The second segment of the collection consists of nineteen real-photo chromolithographic images of scenes of the Philippine Islands, circa 1907, with Mindanao, Cebu, and Jolo Islands predominating. Marked Camera Supply Company, Manila P.I.-- printed in Germany, these cards were never used.
The third part of the collection consists of fourteen black and white real-photo images circa 1906, also never used, of the Moro peoples and some graphic scenes of the Moro rebellion. The Moros [Filipino Muslims who lived on the island of Mindanao] fought a guerilla action against the American annexation of the Philippine Islands. American retaliation was savage; Moros suffered severe casualties at the Battle of Mt Dajo, Jolo Island. In 1906 some 600 Moros on the island of Jolo were slaughtered by American troops under the command of General Leonard Wood.(2)
The scrapbook contains photos, correspondence and certificates form Alex Langtry’s life. Included is his 1937 Certificate of Citizenship and compositions from a writing class at the Wilmington Senior Center.
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