I've dropped the LuLu prices as much as I can, so you can take advantage of these current changes! The Ebook (PDF format) copy of the first edition is now $4.99 US. Just download the document from LuLu, using this link (or those above). The paper copy still requires more investment in printing and shipping, but I've been able to drop the price to $34.99. Note that you can now also shop for this book (paper) on Amazon.
This book attempts to list every place in the United States and Territories where soldiers, sailors, or marines might have been stationed during the First World War.
The resulting book represents two decades of research work. The First Edition of the book was released in 2000. The reason for such a list is to provide source locations and checklists for postal history (letters and cards) from these military men. The book lists all fixed, land-based United States military camps and facilities that operated during the War period. I believe that there has long been a need for such a listing by military postal history collectors, who were uncertain as to the origin of WW I military mail within the United States.
The book's full title is: Domestic United States Military Facilities of the First World War 1917-1919 .
Besides the print-on-demand listing above from Lulu.com, the book is stored on Google Books, as Domestic United States Military Facilities of the First World War 1917-1919 . Note that there is no link on Google Books for ordering the book. Please visit that site for a book preview. If you wish to order, return to this page, and use the Lulu.com link above. [Note that Google Books is a great way to search literature for specific information about the First World War (or any subject for that matter).]
· Many illustrations of cancels and covers
· Additional background information on several WWI camps
· Extensive indexes to assist searching for specific military bases
· Additional background information covering both the War and its military postal history
· War-era listing of U.S. military abbreviations
· Listings ordered by state to assist both state and local postal history collectors
· Electronic media purchasers receive additional color illustrations not present in the printed copy.
The electronic media versions of the book are stored in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format, as used in the example pages listed here. I have observed that paper just cannot show the images as well as the computer screen. Owners of the electronic copies of the book are allowed to make copies for personal use, including the printing of the PDF file contents as paper copies. Having the computer-based version of the book on a laptop machine, for instance, could be very helpful when visiting a stamp show, or poring over a dealer's stock.
Please note that I no longer live on Maui, and receive mail and email somewhat inconsistently. In the past, I attempted to fill orders for the book by getting copies made at the local "copies-r-us", or making CD-R's (and more recently, emailed the book contents). Now, it is much simpler to use Lulu.com. Their website handles all of the ordering, printing (if desired), shipping, and billing.
If you wish, you can still contact me by paper mail at:
514 Americas Way #2016
Box Elder SD 57719-7600 USA
You can contact me at the e-mail address (in plain English):
bobswansong <at> gmail <dot> com
(note "g" in address)
An early draft of the New York chapter was published serially in several
La Posta early in 1997. Here is
a sample draft page from the California chapter of the book
[78K Adobe PDF].
(Need the free Adobe PDF viewer? Try
or try here...)
I have also done general research on the dates of usage for machine cancels (and some handstamps) for all known camps in the US. My research on the American Flag cancellations has been published in Machine Cancel Forum. The following link is to a copy of the most recent flag cancel census article. (Note that it is dated 1997, and has my old address listed.) The current database is located at: spreadsheet with all known usage dates of American flag cancellations of U.S. domestic military facilities of the First World War.
I maintain a webpages about the troopship picture postcards, including the Jewish Welfare Board set, at this site. This list was first gathered by postcard collectors, and I have been merging other collectors' lists and keeping it all up to date, as more information comes in.
If you have any First World War postal history, I would like to hear from you. Either use the contact information near the top of this page, or use our Contact Information Page.