WW1 and a train carrying British troops through the battlefield in the Flanders region of France. Many a famous battle was fought in this area in WW1. A typical scene of total destruction of buildings, landscape and any life shown here. The train does seem rather basic, standing room only and not cover from the constant rain.
13 May 2013
Next year (2014) will be the 100 year anniversary of WW1. I believe alot of events will be taking place across the globe for this particular event.
The Black Watch (Scottish soldiers) celebrating New Year. Like most things in WW1 we have mud in this photo, lots and lots of it. I am not sure but it looks like a camp of some sort, most probably a little off the front line. They seemed rather happy, maybe there was a ceasefire that day!
1918: Crowds outside Buckingham Palace, London, celebrate the Armistice. The end of the War, huge numbers of people across the country joined parties and gatherings.
7 May 2013
Carole Lombard was a rather unique movie star, at her peak she was one, if not the highest paid actress around. Earning over $500k a year in the 1930's! Movie stars in those days really did earn their way, making several movies a year was the norm.
She died at a young age in a plane crash, helping raise money for the WW2.
Apart from the obvious Gone with the Wind film blockbuster, Vivien was a rather well established actress for a number of years. An English rose, with looks to die for, much to the film makers glee!
A colourful life, marriages, breakdowns and an international star all rolled into one.
I do enjoy watching the old movies, the actors in the films seem so integral to them those days. The credits at the start having their names in huge letters, camera panning on their faces for what seems an age.
9 April 2013
As North Korea remains in the news it is worth reading up on the history of the conflict between North and South.
American soldiers made up most of the UN presence in the War against the North. Here we can see them bringing back captured North soldiers.
Lots of amazing photos of the 3 year conflict available online to view. Here was can see a child distressed in the street, who knows the back story? but we can assume it has been effected by the war.
Soldiers taking time out for a Christian temporary place of worship. Looks like a densely populated wood/forest, very hot. Alot of the American troops spent years fighting in such conditions, humid, unknown terrain, a living hell for many.
8 April 2013
Easter throughout the ages has always been a special time and in New York in the early 20th Century was no different. A classic photo of the day, traffic, shops and lots of people! Nothing changed there then.
I would hazard a guess it would be quicker to walk on 5th ave then to catch a bus or use your own car. We can see the new shops along the street, blended in with the older church. Fashion at the time seemed rather formal to me, hat, suit etc.
This photo was taken from http://theboweryboys.blogspot.co.uk/ which is a New York themed history blog, one I really enjoyed looking at.
6 February 2013
Easter is not all about Eggs! of course sitting in a basket with eggs makes an ideal photo opportunity?! only the 1920's Hollywood right. I don't think it would be such a fun game playing hunt the eggs when they eggs were bigger than the kids.
Again, this family/friends are posing with eggs on show. I am guess they are real ones and they will be used in some game. Hunter/Scavenger, rolling, eating as many as possible?
White House – boy holding hand of small girl during Easter egg roll, 1898. Apparently this has been a tradition since the 1870's where the President would invite lots of people to partake in an egg rolling event. Give me a good old fashioned Egg hunt any day!
31 January 2013
We all know how grim Pashendale was during WW1, mud, total destruction and a cruel life for the soldiers in the trenches. Perish the thought you actually got injured there, because this would be a typical example of the treatment you got!
Find a small bit of flat terrain to place a solider on. Get various bits of bandages you can find and place on given solider whilst smoking a well earned fag. Gather a stick and wrap around soldier's broken or damaged leg so it don't move. Dodge incoming fire until you are stretchered off home.
17 January 2013
Exciting times, a cracking musical gets transformed into a movie with a brilliant cast and with Cameron Mackintosh at the helm this cannot go wrong!
Hugh Jackman is up for a lead actor Oscar nomination for this, it would be great to see him win as his talent and performance deserves it.
It was always going to be difficult making the movie, but it seems to be a hit with both the critics and public. To be honest not much chance of it failing with the A star actors hired for it, Anne Hathaway does particular well especially given the iconic "Dreamed a Dream" song she has sing.
Eddie Redmayne might not be well known across the pond but he is shaping up into a fab actor and not a bad singer. It is worth looking back as some of his previous work, especially the period drama's.
8 January 2013
Trench life was not easy for the troops, weather conditions, lack of basic food and water. So catching rats I guess must have been a fun pursuit, did they eat them?
Ring a Ding Dong, scattered across the trenches were posts that alerted the troops of incoming gas attacks, often the sound of the bell would mean getting on the gas masks and digging in.