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Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps Autograph and Drawing Album, c1915-1918 (W.A.A.C.). ..



 
Price: $275.00

Product Code: 24020115

Description
 
A astonishing friendship album filled with quotes, verses, and drawings belonging to Amelia Isabel Mackenzie, a member of the W.A.A.C. The Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (19171918), which later became known as Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps (19181920) was the women's unit of the British Army during and immediately after the First World War. It was formally instituted on 7 July, 1917 and between January 1917 and November 1918.  over 57,000 women served in the unit. The corps was disbanded in September 1921 and unfortunately most of the service records of the corps were destroyed during a German air raid in September 1940.   The front cover of the album is stamped with the flags of Russia, France, Britain, and Belgium. Entries consist of drawings and sketches as well as verses. The first page is a hand drawn British flag and the inscription "12th Dec 1917, Q.M.A.A.C. April 1918". An example of a verse is: "Lives of great men all remind us We can make our lives sublime, and departing, leave behind us footprints on the sands of time" Among the verses are several drawings. For example a wonderful water color of a sunset in Gourock, Scotland,  and a whimsical drawing of a kitten playing with a glove. One page has a unique listing of names written from a central point and a sprig of flowers pressed in. Dates of the signatures range 1915-1918. 5 1/2" x 7". Covers show heavy wear, and are partially detached. Pages are still bound, but are  coming loose. The pages themselves are slightly soiled, but otherwise fine.