Doughboy - Taken with a NIKON D5500

John L. Doyle (1939-2010)
Mid to late 20th century
United States
Gift of Gary I. Katz

World War I (1914-1918)

In WWI, U.S. service members were dubbed “Doughboys.” Some say this nickname dates back to the Mexican-American War, while others say it was due to the dumpling-shaped buttons on their uniforms. Beginning in 1914, World War I was the bloodiest wars in history to that point. Chemical warfare allowed for mass killings–killings done at a distance–on levels previously unseen.
Doyle depicts his soldier wearing a gas mask, perhaps hinting at the indiscriminate and dehumanizing impact of technology in war.

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