Merl laVoy (left) with French soldier near Verdun, 1916. Copied from Picture-Play Magazine, September 1917
Special Camera Frame SizeAuthor Cooper C. Graham located these pictures online. Most of the photographs have a copyright reference to LaVoy and bear a close match to the film scenes shot by LaVoy for his movie Heroic France. The LaVoy pictures from this period are also interesting because these were shot on a camera with an unusual frame size. In inches, it comes out to 7 inches by 11 inches, a ratio of almost two to one, which means that the pictures look elongated horizontally or vertically.
Here are LaVoy's World War I pictures from France with the original captions, as written on the backside of the prints.
Telephone station at big guns, in communication with observers. "Heroic France"/ The Allies in Action
First line trench. No reference to LaVoy, but similar to film scene from Heroic France
Returning empty 75 mm shells for reloading. Copyright Merl laVoy
Cemetary at the front. Note (c) LaVoy
Firing at enemy airplane. Note (c) LaVoy
Photograph of General Marie Émile Fayolle by LaVoy. The general was the commander of the Sixth Army at the Somme while LaVoy was shooting film in France