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Exhibition Not an Ostrich: & Other Images from America's Library

MOLE & THOMAS. President Woodrow Wilson’s portrait created by 21,000 U.S. Army servicemen at Camp Sherman. Chillicothe, Ohio, 1918

MOLE & THOMAS. President Woodrow Wilson’s portrait created by 21,000 U.S. Army servicemen at Camp Sherman. Chillicothe, Ohio, 1918

In this formation photograph, the 95th Army Division posed for a picture representing their commander-in-chief. Clad in variously hued uniforms to represent President Wilson’s features in profile, the men formed what photographers Arthur Mole and John Thomas called a “living picture.” Armed with an 11 x 14 inch view camera, an 80-foot-tall observation tower, and a megaphone, the pair photographed military units arranged as other patriotic symbols, including the Statue of Liberty and the Liberty Bell.