Wrapped in the flag

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New York, 1917. This is a photograph of the American soprano (sometimes referred to as a mezzo-soprano) Marcia Van Dresser (1877-1937), who participated in a variety of patriotic programs at the Metropolitan Opera, including the sales of War Bonds in support of the United States entry into World War I. Since she never recorded I can’t be sure of the quality of her voice, though she had many favorable reviews, but clearly the drama of her patriotism is unquestionable.

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