WWI ERA YARD LONG PHOTOGRAPH OF GETTYSBURG AMERICAN LEGION

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Developed shortly after the death of Albert Lentz, a former citizen of Gettysburg, the Gettysburg American Legion Post No. 202 was born (approximately 1919).  A charter was incorporated by Congress in 1919 for communities to establish wartime veterans’ service organizations.  The new charter enabled Gettysburg to follow suit, by honoring and naming the Legion Post after Albert Lentz.  Lentz was born in 1892 to Israel and Susannah Lentz on a farm west of Gettysburg.  The family eventually moved into town where Lentz would attend public school and later, he worked for the Rolling Mills and Philadelphia & Reading Railroad.  By 1914 he moved to Ohio where he would work as a chauffer and remain there till he enlisted with the U.S Army in 1917.  Continuing his service with the 18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division in France, Lentz had only served briefly overseas and was KIA on April 27, 1918.  He would be reinterred from France in the Gettysburg National Cemetery in 1921.

The photograph here depicts the American Legion Post No. 202 Albert Lentz circa the time of its founding on Baltimore St.  In the background are store fronts for Gettysburg Hardware, The China Shoppe, The Home Studio and a tire store. The exact occasion for the gathering is unknown, but it most likely a patriotic parade based on the bunting hanging in the shop windows, and a flag bearer towards the right-hand side of the lineup.  The men are well dressed wearing dress pants, dress coats, ties, and in some cases military caps or straw boater hats.  Behind the line of men are civilian onlookers dressed in their “Sunday Best.” The photo is in good condition with signs of water damage on the back.  There is a minor crease a quarter of the way in from the left hand side that runs from the Victorian bay window above the “VULCANIZING” sign to the bottom of the image.  Image in its entirety is a yard long and 7 7/8” wide.  [MC] [PH:L]

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