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POSTCARD


Accession #: H.1921.24.1
Agency: Museum of History
Date Made: 1922
Dimensions (English): [Lt] [Wdt]3 7/16" [Ht]5 1/2"
Dimensions (Metric): [Lt] [Wdt]8.8 cm [Ht]13.9 cm
Category: COMMUNICATION ARTIFACTS
Class: DOCUMENTARY ARTIFACT
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Description: PHOTOGRAPH WHICH HAS BEEN RETOUCHED WITH COLOR, OF A WELCOMING CEREMONY FOR MARSHAL FOCH, AT MONROE, NC, DEC. 9, 1921. WHITE BORDER.
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Place Made: USA ILLINOIS CHICAGO
Place Used: USA NORTH CAROLINA UNION MONROE
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Maker: CURT TEICH COMPANY
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Materials: PASTEBOARD

EXPANDED DESCRIPTION:
THIS POSTCARD IS A COLOR IMAGE OF A GROUP OF MEN ON A WOODEN PLATFORM. THERE ARE FOUR MEN IN THE FOREGROUND. THE MAN ON THE FAR LEFT IS SEATED. THE OTHER THREE ARE STANDING. THE MAN IN THE CENTER OF THE IMAGE IS HOLDING A STAFF. THE DETAILS OF THE BACKGROUND ARE FUZZY. MEN AND AMERICAN FLAGS ARE BARELY VISIBLE. THERE ARE THREE SEPARATE CAPTIONS ON THE FRONT OF THE POSTCARD AT THE TOP OF THE IMAGE. THE CAPTION ON THE LEFT, WHICH DESCRIBES THE MAND STANDING, READS, "Ex-Governor Walter Bickett native of Monroe, N. C., seated." THE CENTER CAPTION, WHICH DESCRIBES THE MAN TO THE RIGHT OF THE MAN SEATED READS, "Governor Cameron Morrison, standing." THE CAPTION ON THE RIGHT, WHICH DESCRIBES THE MAN WITH THE CANE, READS, "Marshall Foch, standing on the East Balcony of the Union County Courthouse." THE CAPTION ON THE FRONT OF THE POSTCARD AT THE BOTTOM OF THE IMAGE READS, "MARSHALL FOCH AT MONROE, N. C., 9 P.M., DEC. 9, 1921."

HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE:
FERDINAND FOCH WAS WELL KNOWN MILITARY LEADER DURING WORLD WAR I. HE COMMANDED THE ALLIED TROOPS IN FRANCE. IN JULY 1918, UNDER HIS LEADERSHIP, THE ALLIED TROOPS HALTED THE GERMAN ADVANCE AND MOUNTED A COUNTER ATTACK THAT TURNED THE TIDE OF THE WAR. WHEN THIS POSTCARD WAS MADE, FOCH HAD BEEN MADE MARSHAL OF FRANCE AND WAS SERVING AS AN ADVISOR. UNION COUNTY COURTHOUSE\SUBJECT THIS POSTCARD DEPICTS MARSHAL FERDINAND FOCH'S VISIT TO MONROE, NORTH CAROLINA ON DECEMBER 9, 1921. ACCORDING TO THE RALEIGH NEWS AND OBSERVER, DATED DECEMBER 9, 1921, THE SECRETARY OF WAR ISSUED AN ORDER, "'THE SECRETARY DIRECTS THAT THE COMMANDING GENERAL OF CAMP BRAGG WITH HIS PERSONAL STAFF AND THE COMMANDING OFFICERS OF THE FIFTH AND SEVENTEENTH REGIMENTS FIELD ARTILLERY WITH A COLOR GUARD OF EACH REGIMENT TO BE AT MONROE, N. C., FRIDAY NIGHT DECEMBER 9, BETWEEN 8 AND 8:45 O'CLOCK IN ORDER THAT MARSHAL FOCH MAY PERSONALLY DECORATE THE COLORS WITH THE FOURRAGERE.'"

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