In the early twentieth century, photographers fell in love with "mass photographs," or pictures where thousands of people create one unified image. Often, at this time in history, the themes were patriotic and the participants were soldiers. Here are some of the most astounding.
22,500 people and 600 machine guns, Camp Hancock, Augusta, Georgia – pictured above. Because there's nothing more American than tens of thousands of people posing with guns.
10,000 men of the 164th Depot Brigade at Camp Funston, near Fort Riley, Kansas.
18,000 people at Camp Dodge, Des Moines, Indiana.
21,000 officers and men, Camp Sherman, Chillicothe, Ohio
Camp Cody, New Mexico, 1918
25,000 people at Camp Dix, New Jersey
12,500 officers, nurses and man at Camp Gordon, Atlanta, Georgia.
19,000 officers and men at Camp Lee, Virginia.
100 officers and 9000 enlisted men, near Marine Barracks, Paris Island, South Carolina
Photo Emblem Co.: A Panther Formed by the Faculty and Students of University of Pittsburgh, April 1920
Fort Benning, Georgia
Eugene Omar Goldbeck: Indoctrination Division, Air Training Command (Lackland Air Base, San Antonio, Texas, July 1947)
Sailors of the USS George Washington form the phrase "Hajimemashite" ("Nice to meet you" in Japanese), Yokosuka, Japan, 2008
The 2009 picture was taken at Camp Casey, South Korea.