Pictures by Joyce Dennys, verses by Hampden Gordon
Title Rhymes of the Red Triangle Y.M.C.A.
Binding Paper Pastedown on Boards
Book Condition Near Fine
Publisher London, New York John Lane, The Bodley Head
Seller ID 002055
N.d., circa 1918. 8vo. Unpaginated, 60 pp including prelims. Full of wonderful chromolithographic plates, 30 in all, depicting women and soldiers of World War One. The illustrations have a naive charm that efficiently capture the fashions, culture and ways of the era, and with the verse celebrate light-heartedly the good works done by women who ran the canteens that brought a little comfort and hominess to soldiers wounded or during respites from the front. Here we find the Sallys memorialized in the Kern musical starring Marilyn Miller just two years later, the ballerina that could have inspired Chiparus or Erte and who launched countless Art Deco bookend figurines, the matrons later spoofed in thirties comedies. With its dark olive-hued paper and block lettering, the book should also be appreciated as a cohesive production. Minor soiling to the paper pastedown.