Blue Springs, MO (PRWEB) October 31, 2007
The latest news on the web will be of particular excitement to the masses of internet history surfers. Old MagazineArticles.com, the website that is growing in popularity for it's totally free and reliable collection of historic magazine articles, proudly announces that it has added it's 325th posting concerning the topic of World War One; thus making it clear to all our users that the First World War is the subject that we cover most closely. Yet, our frequent visitors have figured this out a while ago; they have long recognized that this topic casts a long shadow across the article archive. They have been accustomed to understanding that when they search our site for magazine articles regarding fashion trends from 1915, they will often find along the way articles pertaining to the fabric and leather rationing and it's effect on the mode of the day. When they search for tidbits involving Prohibition, they will read that the measure only passed when it did as a result of that war; and when they want to read about silent movies, they know that they will find articles regarding how the 1917 draft effected early Hollywood. All the articles on the site are digital facsimiles and appear as they did ninety years ago.
The editors at OldMagazinearticles.com always keep in mind that the First World War holds "first place" in many categories (first war in which poison gas was used, first war to deploy armed aircraft, first submarine war, etc.), that is why they maintain a collection of articles strictly on World War One inventions. However, what is all too often forgotten by many is the fact that the First World War was also the first mass-media war. It was the first war in which millions of posters in all kinds of colors could readily be printed and distributed with relative ease. It was the first war to be documented with the use of color photography and although it was not the first war to be filmed with motion picture cameras, it was certainly the first war to have it's movie images broadly distributed and exhibited in theaters all over the Western world. The war was so well-documented because there were thousands of journalists from all parts of the globe writing about it on behalf of thousands newspapers and countless magazines. As a result, it was the first war in which the United States (which at least had the good fortune of missing most of the conflict) employed it's own propaganda czar in the person of George Creel. From a media point of view, the war reared it's ugly head at just the right moment: the presses were plentiful, the ink was affordable and the movie theaters were built. For this reason, the website maintains a collection of articles regarding color photographs, film clips and posters (Creel liked this).
Monumental events generate enormous amounts of trivia, and they do not exclude minutia from their article archive. They've posted forgotten World War One trivia regarding acts of stupidity and acts of desperation; their users are especially amused by the trivia created by that never-ending curiosity generated by young men for young women and young women for young men. During World War One, like the Second World War, people's lives were touched on many levels and in different ways; wars are experienced as highly personal events almost immediately from their beginnings - not simply for the combatants and their loved ones, but by the entire citizenry. The war experienced by an African-American Doughboy fighting in France would in no way compare to the home-front experience of a Manhattan cartoonist who stays up late nights toiling over his assorted anti-German gags; a slacker in Hollywood sees the war differently than an anti-militarist in London; ninety-five years later their stories are found and OldMagazineArticles.com believes all four of these unique stories to be fascinating, and we post them for all the world to read free of charge.
The editors are aware of the fact that it was a literary war, too. The soldier-poets wrote their verses from the earliest days of the conflict and they kept at it until the Armistice. The publishers did not wait until 1918 to print the memoirs; they were printed throughout -with the finest ones appearing in the 1920s -and they've got them on their website: the review of Kaiser Wilhelm's 1922 memoir as well as that of his son which came out that same year. You will be able to read the reviews of General Ludendorf's memoir as well as those by some of the more prominent war correspondents, who did not hold back when they wanted to identify the war's most notorious butchers and bunglers. There is also a category called World War One Literature, where thousands of internet researchers have been able to read an old 1920 Vanity Fair article by the poet Siegfried Sassoon on the topic of war poetry, a patriotic verse by an ambulance driver named Gertrude Stein and a 1922 review of Dos Passos' "Three Soldiers" written by H.L. Mencken.
OldMagazineArticles.com has the largest assemblage of pre-1922 Vanity Fair magazine articles on the web. Vanity Fair covered the First World War like no other magazine at the time - printing articles that were filled with outrage concerning the vulgarity of Prussianism -while two pages away there set an absurd essay by their theater critic P.G. Wodehouse as to why we should all hate German opera.
Whether the internet researchers like to read World War One journalism from The Atlantic, The Nation, Vogue or prefer to get the straight dope from the Doughboy writers of The Stars& Stripes there is no doubt that they will be able to get from OldMagazineArticles.com.
This over-reported war has given life and meaning to OldMagazineArticles.com which takes seriously the task of collecting and posting as many relevant World War One articles as they can possibly find. Having achieved their numeric goal set last year, they look forward to having twice that many by this time next year. A worthy objective.
George Creel would have agreed.