The Lippards were the last American soldiers to die in World War I and the last to leave a mark on history.
A group of soldiers, they fought alongside the British in the trenches.
In 1919, when the war ended, the Littards left their mark on the world with their iconic photograph, “Lippards Battle.”
The Littard’s photos were a major part of the American War Museum’s War Rooms collection and are now part of a larger exhibition at the museum that includes the Lizzard photograph.
“The Lippells Battle” has long been one of the most recognizable images of the war, captured on film by American photographer James Lippell, but there is little evidence of its being taken from the Lipsards original negatives.
“We don’t know if they ever saw it or not,” said Mike Zadrozny, the curator of the Litzers photo collection.
“They probably didn’t see it until the war was over and it was a very private thing that they did.”
The war is a topic of intense interest for museum visitors, but Zadrosny said he is most interested in how the Lillards’ photographs, often seen as iconic in their own right, are often misrepresented and misconstrued.
“This is the first time that we have been able to present a comprehensive view of the collection to a broader audience,” he said.
Zadroga said that the museum has not yet been able a complete understanding of the history of the photograph, which was taken in 1916 and is believed to be one of only a handful of images taken in the war that still exist.
“In a sense, it’s a lost photograph because it’s the last of its kind,” he added.
“It’s a picture that’s in a museum, but it’s one that’s out of the public eye and that’s where we want to get it.”
Zadrobny said the museum plans to display the Lilliards photo collection in the War Rooms Gallery, which will be open during the exhibition.
The museum is currently in the process of preparing a series of exhibits on World War II, including an exhibit titled “World War II: World War III,” which will highlight the role that the war played in the history books.
“There are very few photographs of World War Two that were published, and most of them are written by academics or people who are not in the know,” Zadroczny said.
“To have the opportunity to have this image from the war itself presented in a way that’s accessible to a wider audience is a tremendous opportunity.”
The War Rooms gallery will open on Saturday, April 13, at the Liliards Battle Gallery, 1034 E. Seventh Ave., Detroit.
The gallery will also be open for viewing during the summer and fall months.
For more information about the Lilleards Battle, visit the museum’s website.