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Oasis near hell
TitleOasis near hell
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SubjectWorld War, 1914- 1918--France; World War, 1914-1918--Social Aspects; World War, 1914-1918 --War work-- Young Men's Christian Association; War Work--Young Men's Christian Association-- Red Triangle; Trench Warfare--World War, 1914-1918; Armed Services YMCA Cards
DescriptionThe cartoon image depicts a wounded soldier and two other soldiers being served a hot drink by a man in uniform emerging from a YMCA trench dugout with the title "an oasis near hell" and the caption "to cool a dusty throat: to bring a bit of home to weary ones". The Red Triangle, the YMCA's official symbol since 1897, became a welcome sight to the battle weary soldier during World War I. The Young Men's Christian Association supported the armed forces on the French battlefields during the war by providing food, books, music, religious instruction, organized choirs and bands to help maintain the body, mind, and spirit of the soliders as well as all prisoners-of-war.
CreatorRed Triangle YMCA
ContributorsSmith, Cliff
SourceIs the third image of an attached collection of untitled postcard sized images from World War I
RelationIs part of the Cliff Smith YMCA Postcard Collection. Springfield College Archives and Special Collections, Springfield, Massachusetts,
RightsText and images are owned, held, or licensed by Springfield College and are available for personal, non-commercial, and educational use, provided that ownership is properly cited. A credit line is required and should read: Courtesy of Springfield College, Babson Library, Archives and Special Collections. Any commercial use without written permission from Springfield College is strictly prohibited. Other individuals or entities other than, and in addition to, Springfield College may also own copyrights and other propriety rights. The publishing, exhibiting, or broadcasting party assumes all responsibility for clearing reproduction rights and for any infringement of United States copyright law.
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