Friday, November 22, 2013

Sepia Saturday - The "Great" War

The theme photograph of Sepia Saturday this week depicts the historical beginnings of a huge inhuman conflict that came to be known as World War One.

Originally it was called the "Great War" or the
"War to End All Wars."

My, my. Rather wishful thinking, wasn't it?

LOST GALLERY doesn't really have any historical photographs about well known events during World War One
that have not already appeared on a previous
Sepia Saturday feature such as
Sepia Saturday - Famous Events and People.

LOST GALLERY does have a number of other photographs from World War One, however. In assembling these photographs together for a feature page back in 2010, we noticed a similarity in some of them. There is a pose, a mood, maybe even a message in this similarity. See if you can see it.

PB Tom Hanks

World War One
The Great War
Man in uniform

Soldier WW1
WW One
Man in uniform

Soldier in studio
Our boy.
One soldier

Soldier WW One
RPPC man in uniform
A pair from World War One

World War One
Two men in uniform
WW One Original

Three Soldiers

WW1 uniform
Four soldiers ww1

Now march on back to the Sepia Saturday home page and see what else can be found from our sepia history.

The most popular photographs most popular, Family Group, An album of the most requested photographs in the Lost Gallery.

Area 51 and a Half Area 51 and a Half You are probably not authorized to see these.

Don't take my picture! Oh! You DID didn't you! completely unaware of the photographer This is a collection of photographs that disappear on the way home from the photo processing shop.

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THE KIDS Lesson one. It is always a mystery how a photograph of any of these precious children could end up lost or abandoned. Here are a few. You will probably say "Ooh..." at least once.

Dee and the Business School Dee and the Business School
The beautiful Dee. A curious story; What do you see?

Neiffel and Helvetica Typehigh

"What are they doing?"


  1. Everyone a soldier, yet every one some mother's son. The boy with the salute is my favorite. They all have the same rangy look of the underfed lightweight. When the war started for America in 1917 the number of servicemen in regular military service was a small fraction of the millions of soldiers fielded by Britain and France.

    1. Thanks Mike Brubaker. Every one some mother's son. Exactly.

  2. Great photos. I particularly the hats with brims,m which were like our Australian slouch hats.

    1. Thanks boundforoz. They are rather sharp looking. I always liked the Australian slouch hat too. I think I have one very similar.

  3. I wonder how many of these brace young men got to come home and have sons who then went off to WWII?

    1. Thanks Jackie van Bergen. I wondered the same thing. Experiencing continual wars is bound to effect the evolution of our species.

  4. Not sure, apart from the fact that most have their arms by their sides, and look like they are members of the cavalry, or troopers as they would be called in the Australian Army.

    1. Thanks Jo Featherston. I think that is one of the first things I noticed too. Even though the photographs were taken at different times in different locations with different folks operating the cameras, the pose is very similar in each. I can't account for that. Also, I have found relatively few with someone else in the shot. The photographs from WW2 most often have a girlfriend or mother posing with them.

  5. I think the similarity is what could be considered a military posture. My father and uncle had their photo taken together when both were in the Army during WWII. When they tried to capture a similar photo 40 years later, they stood very straight and rigid.

    1. Thanks Postcardy. Yes, I think you are right. There is a stiffness to the photographs, a lack of humor. Good observation.

  6. It's quite clear from all the photos that the uniforms are WWI vintage.

    1. Thanks Bob Scotney. Yes, I think they are all authentic WW1 uniforms. I do wonder about the one in the double-breasted coat however.

  7. Aside from the posture and clothing, they all have a certain resigned expression that seems to say, "I'm here. I'm not particularly happy about it, but it's my duty to be here and do whatever is needed."

    1. Thanks Gail Perlee. I agree with all that, especially the " ... not particularly happy about it...". Thankfully, they all did their part.



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