The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Digital Library

Before the War

Colonel George W. Norris, portrait

Dr. Norris prefaces his scrapbook with the following: "Much of this may well seem trivial, flippant, and out of place. However, the War by which we were constantly surrounded was such a harrowing , ghastly, and depressing affair that all of us—French, British and Americans—to retain our mental poise, simply had to have an occasional 'break' of laughter, levity, and fun!" Indeed, postcards of caricatures and scenic landscapes puncture the grim images of men in sober suits and German prisoners of war. As he sailed for Europe, he had no idea where he would land nor could he speculate what he was about to encounter.