Found this on Shorpy. Nice brass era ambulance picture.
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Late 1914 chassis on these two and they look new.
Ken in Texas
Harvard and Yale students hauling a Princeton man out!
Different groups like the students from these universities raised funds to help purchase supplies and equipment for the war effort.
Yes, Perry is right
Its in Stern's book "Tin Lizzie" page 81.
(Ellery C. Wood) I may claim that the first effort at the colleges started with me, when I wrote to Yale News in 1914. ...We took up collections at the Harvard -Yale game in the new Yale Bowl, collected over $9200, and sent twelve Ford ambulances oversees.
Not only did they send money but almost all the universities had the male students join the ambulance corps as drivers and aids. The universities also donated large dining areas where the ladies aux would make bandages and first aid kits. The number of students from every university is listed on a website with Yale and Harvard having some of the highest volunteer numbers. Many private citizens both wealthy and poor donated money for the purchase of ambulances.
It was a different time where people came to the aid of their country.
"Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country"
It's a nice photo. I'm glad WWI was not at the base of the Washington Monument like this photo is.
Look more like troop carriers than ambulances.
Troop carriers don't wear a red cross.
One "Princeton man" was Mr. Wilson, who couldn't wait to get us into that horrible mess. Another thing Henry Ford was right about. I believe that historians a couple of centuries hence will mark WW I as the end of Western civilization.
The story of the volunteer ambulance drivers is a truly great story about even greater men !
The biggest organisation that sent volunteers over to Europe in WW1 was the AFS, American Field Service, that still exists by the way, have a look at http://afs.org/archives/
It is a great but sadly almost forgotten piece of American history you should all be proud of !!
On a side note: WW1 ended almost all feudal and dictatorial regimes in Europe and formed Europe as a democratic union as it is today.
With the help of the U.S.Army we kicked out the German Kaiser, the Russian Tzar, the Austrian Habsburg Emperor, the Ottoman (turkish) Emperor and ended the rule by the "Nobility" and brought democracy in the whole of Europe, think about that !!
P.S. the AFS transported about 500.000 wounded in WW1 between spring 1915 and august 1917 when the ambulance service was absorbed into the regular U.S.Army..... and that is just the AFS, not counting the Red Cross and all other organisations, think about that
So is this a cook wagon or an ambulance?
Looks like the Harvard guys had a better sign painter!
The Yale one looks like it was done by hand.
That is a cook wagon that would also receive protection today as it is directly supporting the hospital effort.
The same would be true for a red cross tent that was used to feed patients or even doctors & nurses and no patients as long as that had a red cross (or other hospital signs red crescent etc.) Note humanitarian and medical vehicles and buildings etc. also qualify.
If you look at the original photo you will see what appears to be a stretcher already inside the vehicle on the left side of the photo. And of course the person on the stretcher will probably be placed in one of those two vehicles.
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