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 alcoholics anonymous:

a photographic journey through its history...

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Pre-AA Days

Bill W.
Just before going overseas.

Bill W.
In uniform and on horseback.

Bill W.
A smiling soldier.

Bill and Lois
At Fort Adams, Rhode Island, June 1918

Bill and Lois
Packing for another trip.

Was really the Harley rider but Bill showed off here.

Usually was asked to drive.

Lois W.
Smiling for the camera.

Early Friends of A.A.

Ruth Hock
Ruth was AA's first secretary and typed the manuscript for the Big Book.

Dr. Silkworth
Dr. Silkworth wrote the Dr.'s Opinion in the Big Book and was Bill's physician at Towns Hospital in New York

Rev. Samuel M. Shoemaker
Sam was the pastor at Calvary Episcopal Church in New York where he headed the Oxford Group there. He was also a great friend of early AA.

Henrietta Seiberling
It was at Henrietta's home where Bob and Bill met for the first time on Mother's Day in 1935.

Henrietta's home
The Gatehouse on the Seiberling Estate in Akron, Ohio.

T. Henry and Clarace Williams
It was at the home of T. Henry and Clarace where Dr. Bob and many of the early founding members of AA met for Oxford Group meetings.

The Williams' Home
In Akron, Ohio


Dust Jacket
This was an early proposed Dust Jacket design for the First Edition Big Book.

Liberty Magazine
The September 1939 Liberty Magazine with an article entitled, "Alcoholics And God." AA's first National publicity.

Saturday Evening Post
This is the March 1, 1941 Saturday Evening Post magazine containing AA's first major publicity. As a result of this Jack Alexander article, AA's membership nearly doubled.

Stock Certificate
In order to finance the printing of the First Edition Big Book, stock certificates were sold to early AA members and others.

A.A. Pioneers

Hank P.
Hank's story, THE UNBELIEVER is in the First Edition

Clarence S.
Clarence's story, HOME BREWMEISTER is in all three editions.

Ernie G.
Ernie's story, THE SEVEN MONTH SLIP is in the First Edition

Charlie S.
Charlie's story, RIDING THE RODS is in the First Edition

Bob O.
Bob's story, THE SALESMAN is in the First Edition

Archie T.
Archie's story, THE FEARFUL ONE is in the First Edition

In later editions, his story is called THE MAN WHO MASTERED FEAR

Dick S.
Dick's story, THE CAR SMASHER is in the First Edition

Bill D.
Bill's story, ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS NUMBER THREE is in the Second and Third Edition

Abby G.
Abby's story, HE THOUGHT HE COULD DRINK LIKE A GENTLEMAN is in the Second and Third Edition

Marty M.
Marty's story, WOMEN SUFFER TOO is in the Second and Third Edition

Ethel M.
Ethel's story, FROM FARM TO CITY is in the Second and Third Edition

Earl T.
Earl's story, HE SOLD HIMSELF SHORT is in the Second and Third Edition

Sylvia K.
Sylvia's story, THE KEYS OF THE KINGDOM is in the Second and Third Edition

Esther A.
Esther's story, A FLOWER OF THE SOUTH is in the second and Third Edition

Ebby T.
This is the last reported photo of Ebby before he passed on.

Dr. Bob and Anne
Dr. Bob was a co-founder of A.A. and Anne S. held the first meetings for wives in Akron.

Early Members
Just prior to the first AA World Service Conference and Convention in 1950, Bill W. visited Cleveland, Ohio and met with some of the early members there.

Group Photo
An early, 1940's informal group photo of members in California (possibly Long Beach). Bill W. is on the right and Dr. Bob on the left. Anne S., Dr. Bob's wife is in the center with a cigarette.

Bill and Dr. Bob
Dr. Bob and Bill W. with an unidentified man (possibly Dr. Harry Tiebout) in Akron, Ohio.

Bill D. and Sue
Bill D., AA #3 with Dr. Bob's daughter Sue.

Bill D. and Helen B.
Bill D., AA #3 with Helen B., an early AA Grapevine Editor.

Another "Man on the Bed" Photo
Bill W. visiting a prospective AA member in a hospital. Another "Man On The Bed" picture.

Bill and Lois
A Later Christmas picture.

Bill and Lois
After Anne S.'s funeral.

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