This vintage real photo postcard features a handsome young cavalry man mounting his horse. The soldier is in uniform and wearing boots. The horse is calmly standing by at the ready. The cavalry man appears to hold the rank of sergeant. The postcard’s stamp box indicates that it was published sometime between 1918 and 1930. World War I was from 1914 through 1918, so there is a possibility that this soldier was involved in the war. An inscription on the reverse of the postcard indicates that the soldier’s name was Bert Stimson.

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  1. The U.S. army enlisted soldier in the image is misidentified as a cavalryman. Actually he was a Quartermaster Corps remount soldier that received, classified, and prepared horses for assignment to units. The saddle and bridle illustrated in this image were the type used by soldiers assigned QMC remount duties. His rank insignia identified him as a Quartermaster Sergeant First Class, and the rank insignia on his sleeve included the insignia of the Quartermaster Corps, which is visible between the chevrons and the straight bar below. His uniform is per the regulations of 1912 and the image could have been captured any time afterwards but probably ca. 1917-18. There were quite a number of QMC remount depots, and field remount squadrons in the United States and in France during the Great War.

    • Mr. Ellis, thank you for sharing your extensive knowledge about this soldier’s uniform and equipment–it added to my appreciation of this image in many ways!

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