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John M. Vorys in his Yale debate photo

John M. Vorys in his Yale debate team photo.

Courtesy of Mary V. King


About The Artist

John M. Vorys started sketching at an early age. His notebooks and letters were adorned with fanciful doodles and sketches of places and personages both real and imagined. Vorys served as an associate editor for the Yale Record, a publication for which he made many illustrations, a few of which are presented here. During his service with the First Yale Unit, Vorys captured scenes he encountered both in the U.S. and over seas. Later, after retiring from a 20 year career in the U.S. House of Representatives, he continued to enjoy drawing and painting at his home in Columbus, Ohio.

 

 

Yale Record Feb. 4, 1916

Humorous baseball plays, line drawing

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Football player with young veiled woman.

 

Humorous baseball plays, line drawing

1. Pitcher, get a uniform like this and you’ll not only make a hit with the Crowd, but you’ll also make the baseman cross-eyed. I used a uniform like this with a color combination of pink, purple, yellow, blue and cerise, and gave the first four men up nervous prostration.
2. If you are a baseman, have a magnet anchored near your base, and you’ll not be worried by anyone trying to steal bases. It is also useful when the runner is forced.
3. Select a long wheat straw and apply as in 3. If the umpire looks around, appear unconcerned and exclaim “Ain’t the flies something fierce?
4. The whole thing in baseball is keeping your drag with the Spectators. A successful one-hand stab will cover up a dozen two-hand muffs. Therefore, to the player who wants to get a strangle-hold on his Job, these are all sure Tips.
5. The only trouble with this method of catching flies and liners is that a man with a large mouth is likely to swallow the ball. However, this can be prevented by placing the tongue behind the ball as it approaches the tonsils. This catch is especially useful for players with sore or tender hands.
JMV
 

Football player with young veiled woman.

John Vorys was the captain and star center on the Columbus Ohio, East High football squad. At Yale he played on the freshman and University teams. Perhaps the line uttered by the player depicted here is a reflection of Vorys’ own habit of being sidelined due to sports injuries.

 

Drawing of couple embracing

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  Charlie Chaplin line drawing.

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Drawing of couple embracing

“– Naw they’re dancing.”
 

Charlie Chaplin line drawing.

‘ More popular than the Curriculum!’ reads the caption by JMV. Chaplin’s Little Tramp character was born two years earlier with the release of “Mable’s Strange Predicament”. Chaplin enjoyed popular success in 1916 and once the U.S. entered WWI became a spokesman for Liberty Bonds along with his friends Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford.

Man and Woman watching Yale baseball team.

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Man and Woman watching Yale baseball team.

In this illustration of a couple attending a Yale baseball game, Vorys uses full black shadow woodcut technique to create the illusion of full sunlight.

 

   

ON BOARD USS ST. PAUL, SEPT. 1917

Two soldiers play shuffleboard

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Sailor with sidearm

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Two soldiers play shuffleboard

To pass the time on deck on their way to the war zone, soldiers entertained themselves with games on deck such as shuffleboard
 

Sailor with sidearm

‘ standing his watch’ A sailor in knit cap and holstered side arm keeps watch on deck. Vorys and Sturtevant were required to stand consecutive watches in 4 hour shifts. During a Sturtevant watch, a phosphorescent glow streaked toward the ship. Fearing a torpedo they braced for impact only to see a porpoise skip over the bow.

Man stands, hands in pockets facing the wind.

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Ship captain with hat and moustache

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Man stands, hands in pockets facing the wind.

In this illustration the bold pencil strokes emphasize the solidness of the figure as he stands, hands thrust into his pockets, squinting into the wind.
 

Ship captain with hat and moustache

Our Teutonic looking Captain

Four soldiers playing tennis

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5 soldiers and sailors surround a big gun on deck

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Four soldiers playing tennis

Another favorite pastime was a version of tennis played with a ring that was tossed over a high net. In this line drawing, the figures are illustrated with an ink pen – a technique not often seen in Vorys’ sketch work.
 

5 soldiers and sailors surround a big gun on deck

‘Stand to on the St. Paul coming over’ reads Vorys’ inscription. As they embarked on the journey over seas, Vorys noted in his journal: “Al and I paced the deck and thought about not only how little chance there was to come back but also how little chance there was of getting over…” At the time of their crossing in Sept. 1917, the German Navy had unleashed unrestricted submarine attacks on all allied shipping. In the drawing, with the deck gun having just been loaded, all eyes keenly scan the waters for any sign of a U-boat.

Al and John in their ship cabin

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Man loses his hat overboard

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Al and John in their ship cabin

Al thinks our stateroom is an old telephone booth, discarded because it was too small
 

Man loses his hat overboard

The inscription reads: I’ll bet a dollar he’s saying Of course there’s no use asking them to stop the ship

Footware

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Seafaring man

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Footware

‘Spurs on shipboard - limbs on deck’ As Vorys observed the variety of uniforms on display shipside, he was compelled to note the incongruous use of spurs.
 

Seafaring man

This standing figure in a sea cap may have been on board the St. Paul

ARRIVAL IN LONDON. SEPT. 25TH 1917

Profile

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Officer of unknown origin

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Profile

This profile caught the interest of Vorys with it’s bow tie and sophisticated look of purse mouthed dignity.
 

Santree

The face of this officer fascinated Vorys with it’s seeming permanently affixed scowel.

Scottish Soldier with haversack

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Sleeping Russian officer

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Scottish Soldier with haversack

A ruddy faced Scottish soldier in kilt and loaded down with several packs, trenching tools and weaponry.
 

Sleeping Russian officer

unsuccessful sketch of Russian officer in a train

 

Naval Aviator and questioning man

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7 soldiers heads

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Naval Aviator and questioning man

The inscription reads: “for the 10 thousandth time “This uniform is a Naval Aviators’” John Vorys was the third U.S. Naval Aviator to arrive in London and the locals were curious as to just what type of uniform he was wearing and what country he might be from.
 

7 soldiers heads

Heads you see in London Upon arrival in London, Sturtevant and Vorys made their way to London headquarters to receive further orders. In his war journal Vorys wrote: Soldiers everywhere, English, Canadian, New Zealand, and Australian, Belgians, all kinds and conditions, the swank officers, the men just from or going to the front, looking like a human caravan, with haversacks and bedding and a lot of extra bags and their rifles and helmets and the wounded, convalescents, in blue suits with red ties, and then the men back in uniform, with the band on their arm, limping, walking with canes, and with faces and arms and things bandaged up.

Vorys peers from the back seat of a taxi

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Two Men Sleeping

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Vorys peers from the back seat of a taxi

--- automobiles carrying officers of the army or navy
 

Two Men Sleeping

Two men sleeping, their heads gently touching possibly on a train

PILOT TRAINING, HOURTIN, FRANCE OCTOBER 1917

Soldier in clogs with prisoners in background

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French Sailor with hand on woman

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Soldier in clogs with prisoners in background

Vorys continued to be fascinated by the variety of soldiers around him. Here he depicts a Dutch soldier wearing clogs marching past a group of prisoners in the background.
 

French Sailor with hand on woman

A young woman with a basket appears to pull away from a French sailor who grasps her forearm. Vorys wrote in letters home how open the French officers were in their relations with their mistresses.

Two walking Moroccans

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Three Moroccan Faces

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Two walking Moroccans

More Moroccans
 

Three Moroccan Faces

The inscription reads: ‘Hourtin. Moroccans the workers of the war; laziest men on earth’

Salior with plates

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Three German Prisoners at Hourtain

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Salior with plates

Maitr d’hotel at the Hourtin mess
 

Three German Prisoners at Hourtain

A few days after arrival in Hourtin, France for pilot training, Vorys writes to his mother: ‘… it is 100 yards to the first barbed wire of the Germans: thru the day we can hear them working but seldom at night. Sometimes we catch a glimpse of their faces, all of which is true for there is a German prison camp right behind our tent.’

AWAITING ORDERS FOR ADVANCED PILOT TRAINING,

LACANEAU-OCEAN, FRANCE: OCTOBER, 1917

A horse pulls a cart through the French countryside

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Bathers at the beach

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A horse pulls a cart through the French countryside

Tall trees dominate this French landscape as a horse pulls a cart through the French countryside.
 

Bathers at the beach

'Scenes on the beach at Lacaneau-ocean.’ Prior to being ordered to St. Rafael for advance pilot training. Vorys and Sturtevant spent four days at a summer resort hotel at Lacaneau-Ocean. Vorys worked on his diary and pictures and frustrated that he had not been able to “put in the punch,” he wrote home to his mother complaining: ‘There is a great deal of waiting to be done in this war business’

Fisherman in pants with suspenders

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Fisherman in pants with suspenders

A fisherman with high waterproof pants and suspenders
   
ADVANCED PILOT TRAINING, ST. RAFAEL, FRANCE: NOVEMBER, 1917

Three French pilot heads

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Three pilots converse

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Three French pilot heads

Three pilots at St. Rafael.
 

Three pilots converse

The inscription reads: ‘French Pilots, Moniteurs (instructors) at St. Rafael’

FELIXTOWE, ENGLAND: DECEMBER, 1917 - MARCH, 1918

Believed to be of Al Sturtevant

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H-14 second pilot fires upon diving German fighter.

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Believed to be of Al Sturtevant

Though this drawing has no inscription, it is believed to be a portrait of Al Sturtevant the fellow Unit member who Vorys traveled with and trained with in France and flew Spider Web patrols with at Felixtowe.
 

H-14 second pilot fires upon diving German fighter.

The only sketch featuring an aircraft in the collection, a leather helmeted second pilot in an H-14 aircraft fires his machine gun at a diving German fighter barely visible in the distance.

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