Aix-les-Bains, France: Imp. P. Jacques, .
Paper folder illustrated with a drawing of Uncle Sam, 4 x 5.5 inches, containing six unused postcards. Light chipping and perhaps minor trimming to folder, one postcard with a small smudge; very good.
A scarce souvenir folder of “humorous” postcards, each with a cartoon showing one American soldier and one German who has been captured, strangled, leashed, or—in in the most gruesome one—blown to bits, by the American. On the back of the folder is printed “The sojourn of the American Expeditionary Forces in France remains deeply graven on the hearts of the people of the city of Aix-les-Bains.” Army orders required giving soldiers a week’s leave every four months, and Americans in France were sent to Aix, where they were put up in hotels, fed well, and entertained. Since the U.S. Army spent large sums to give its men this much-needed morale boost, the people of Aix were likely quite happy to have them.