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American Doughboy Memorial photograph
Description: Dated ca. 1930-1939, this photograph shows a World War I monument, topped with a Doughboy soldier holding a rifle in his left hand and holding a grenade in his raised right hand, in the foreground and a Civil War monument in the background. The World War I monument is titled Spirit of the American Doughboy and is copyrighted by E.M. Visquesney, a sculptor from Spencer, Indiana. It was erected in 1929 by the American Legion and now stands in front of the Tuscarawas County Courthouse, with an inscription which reads "In memory of the men and women of Tuscarawas County who served their country in the World War." The Civil War monument was presented by Major Henry Kaldenbaugh who served in the 51st infantry division and left a bequest in his will for the construction of the monument to Union soldiers. The memorial is located on the corner of Broadway Street (Ohio Route 416) and High Avenue (Ohio Route 39) in New Philadelphia, Ohio. Its inscription reads "Erected to my brave and gallant comrades of Tuscarawas County who fell in defense of our glorious Union, by a member of the 51st Ohio Vols. 1861 - 1865. Erected May 19, 1887. Presented by Major Henry Kaldenbaugh." This photograph is one of the many visual materials collected for use in the Ohio Guide. In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Works Progress Administration by executive order to create jobs for the large numbers of unemployed laborers, as well as artists, musicians, actors, and writers. The Federal Arts Program, a sector of the Works Progress Administration, included the Federal Writers’ Project, one of the primary goals of which was to complete the America Guide series, a series of guidebooks for each state which included state history, art, architecture, music, literature, and points of interest to the major cities and tours throughout the state. Work on the Ohio Guide began in 1935 with the publication of several pamphlets and brochures. The Reorganization Act of 1939 consolidated the Works Progress Administration and other agencies into the Federal Works Administration, and the Federal Writers’ Project became the Federal Writers’ Project in Ohio. The final product was published in 1940 and went through several editions. The Ohio Guide Collection consists of 4,769 photographs collected for use in Ohio Guide and other publications of the Federal Writers’ Project in Ohio from 1935-1939. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: SA1039AV_B09F10_039_1
Subjects: Memorials--Ohio; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Monuments; Sculpture; Winter; Ohio Federal Writers' Project
Places: New Philadelphia (Ohio); Tuscarawas County (Ohio)