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"Hezzie" Goes to War: World War I through the Eyes of a Mid-Missourian

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Daily Life

Paris Encounters


French Friends

On Leave

Kodak camera
Hezzie's camera
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"Oh, if we had more time to mingle with the French people we would have some wonderful tales to tell I am sure. . . .It would be hard to describe the many kindnesses shown to we Americans since we have been here."

Did the camera open doors for Hezzie? Perhaps. Certainly his personality and his ability to speak French enabled him to make friends among both French- and English-speakers. In his letters to his parents, he writes often of his numerous correspondents on both sides of the Atlantic. Everywhere he went, he found much to interest him. He used his camera to document even the routine of military life.

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A Joint Exhibit
of the
University of Missouri
Western Historical Manuscript Collection-Columbia
and the University of Missouri-Columbia
Museum of Anthropology

Acknowledgments and World War I Links