Camp Wadsworth, S. C. Paper cover with titling and illustration, mostly in black. Available individually for $50. 9.5" x 12.25", 20-32 pp., with illustrations, advertisements and stories pertinent to the soldiers. Includes the first (Vol 1, No. 1, Nov 23 '17) with and last (No. 24, May 4 '18) issued stateside before the unit went off to war in France, with a photo of MG John F. O'Ryan on the cover. The other 8 editions are printed between those dates (Nos. 9, 11, 12, 13, 20, 21, 22). After the unit was deployed there were two more issues; one published in France for Christmas 1918 and the final issue when the unit returned home in March 1919.
The Gas Attack was the official publication of the 27th Infantry Division, New York while it was training at Camp Wadsworth in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Camp Wadsworth was commissioned to train soldiers for the war and decommissioned afterwards. Includes period advertising like: "Phillips & Harper Barber Shop - Ten First Class White Barbers"
Most of the covers are by famed illustrator Raeburn Van Buren. He served in the Seventh Regiment (107th Infantry) of the 27th New York Empire Division in World War I. He was art editor of the division's magazine. An artistry and illustrative flair were evident in his cartoons, and The New York Times compared his artwork in the magazine with that of the famous British illustrator Bruce Bairnsfather. He drew the syndicated comic strip "Abbie n' Slats" from 1937 to 1971. All Very Good, with only Vol. 1 having a detached cover, No. 9 has a tide mark on top right corner, rest are collectible condition. Item #1266