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LLOYD M. THOMAS
Lloyd Mac Thomas (dates unknown) was associated with the Provincetown Players as early as 1916, when he appeared in a list of group members published in the New York Herald in 1916 and reprinted in the 2004 edition of Edna Kenton's contemporary memoir, The Provincetown Players and the Playwrights' Theatre, 1915-1922. He served in France in World War I with the bookshop's owner, Frank Shay. One of Shay's rarest publications is a slim volume of poems either written by or gathered by Thomas, entitled Barrack Bag Ballads. Published in 1919, the year that their division returned to New York, the volume shows two places of publication: Semur, France and New York. The title pays homage to Rudyard Kipling's famous collections entitled Barrack Room Ballads (1892, 1896), but it also reflect's Shay's passion for American ballads and traditional music; he later went on to publish highly-regarded collections of sea chanties and drinking songs.