American soldiers of the First World War collected postcards in the US as they traveled to training camps and then later in France. The cards were of three types - photographic views of landscapes or buildings; posed views of army life; and comical drawings of life in the army. Most of the cards were not sent through the mail - they were brought back from France or elsewhere and became part of the war memories of family members.
Some of these cards were collected by William Peacher of Washington County who served in France for a year. He sent only one of the cards - the others he brought back with him. They now belong to his relative Holly Garrett of Hagerstown. William Clay Stanton of Grantsville, Garrett County, sent cards home to his mother while he was in training in Camp Meade. He sent only one card from France before he was killed. The cards were made available by his niece Sally Stanton Jarrett. Norman Daley sent cards to Helen Brown of Hagerstown. JoEllen Keeseman of Clear Spring, a relative of the former Helen Brown, made them available.