Unrolling Freshly Painted Burlap on the Field to Dry

Black and white photograph taken by the Signal Corps during World War I. Two women are unrolling painted burlap onto the ground so that it can dry. In the background several more women stand over the unrolled burlap. Two small parts of the top of the photograph are missing. The photo is mounted on a board, with the title on the board below the photo.
The Photographic Section of the Signal Corps was established in July 1917. It was responsible for the US Army's official ground and aerial photography of World War I.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1917-1918
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
emulsion (overall material)
cardboard (base material)
paper (label material)
overall, photograph: 5 5/8 in x 7 1/4 in; 14.2875 cm x 18.415 cm
overall, folder: 9 1/2 in x 12 in; 24.13 cm x 30.48 cm
overall, object: 7 1/8 in x 8 3/4 in; 18.0975 cm x 22.225 cm
place made
ID Number
nonaccession number
catalog number
maker number
Signal Corps
World War I
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
Signal Corps
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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