'U.S. Marine Corps 2' car driving in a victory parade, Washington D.C., undated (1918).
Negatives, ca. 1905-ca. 1939, were produced by Fritz E. Bjorkman and most likely collected by Herman Blumenthal for visual research. A small number of nitrate negatives may have been produced by Bjorkman's father Herman. Photographs depict a large number of places, including New York, Ohio, Maryland, Florida, California, the U.S. Southwest, and Mexico. One particular focus of the collection is parades, including photographs of an Armistice Day parade, a Liberty Day parade, parades commemorating the second and third Liberty Loans, and a Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. Along with many family photographs, the collection also includes photographs of monuments, memorials, buildings, canals, houses, and battleships. There are also a large number of World War I home front images. Some notable people included in the collection are: John J. Pershing, Ferdinand Foch, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Al Smith, Fiorello La Guardia, William H. Taft, and Chief Oskomon.
Fritz E. Bjorkman was an electrical engineer born in Sweden in 1892. He emigrated to the United States with his parents when he was one year old and settled in the Bronx. He married Odessa France of Baltimore, Maryland and lived there with the France family for a time. The couple had three children and eventually settled in Yonkers, N.Y. Herman A. Blumenthal worked as an art director and production designer for the 20th Century Fox film studio in Beverly Hills, California and received Academy Awards for his work in 'Cleopatra' (1963) and 'Hello, Dolly!' (1969). His other film work includes 'The Three Faces of Eve' (1957), 'Journey to the Center of the Earth' (1959), 'Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea' (1961), 'What's Up , Doc?' (1972), and 'Westworld' (1973).