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  • Some more on color photographies from the WW I era

    Posted by Ralf Goergens on March 2nd, 2005 (All posts by )

    James had posted some links to French color photographies from World War I last week. I had found some of the many of the same photos even before that, but couldn’t find the index page, which seems to be different from that James had posted Anyway, even without the index page , a lot of pictures can be found by playing with these URLs: (up to sap01_cvl00159_p.jpg) (up to sap01_ca000616_p.jpg).
    (There are some gaps in between, though).

    WWI era or not, what interests me most are the buildings, so I have put up those two images:

    I had to reduce the resolution to get their sizes down to 40 kb each, the original images can be found
    here and here.

    I have linked here to some more images that I found interesting, in no particular order:

    Graves with American flags:

    Here and here.

    (Update: That’s Lafayette’s tomb)

    Proximity of the boche tends to loosen one’s bladder

    A group of soldiers

    Some soldiers in dress uniform

    Picture with steeple and weir

    Village square

    Quay and bridge in a village

    (‘Quay’ may not be the correct term for this; does somebody know a better one?)

    Town gate

    Keep over town square

    Keep from another angle

    Ornate town gate

    Same gate from the side, with a view on the town wall and houses

    Nurses and military surgeon, with officers

    Unpaved village street

    Village street with cobblestone

    Brick houses at bend in the road

    Soldiers with carts before brick houses

    Soldiers in front of a shop

    The same shop from another angle, with quay

    Canadian soldiers (?)

    Military truck

    Firebrigade spraying ruined houses

    Military smithy at city wall

    Same smithy at different angle

    Military police (?)

    (Grab your ankles!)

    Soldiers’ graves

    Some city streets (obviously far from the front, the obelisk in the third picture hints at Paris)

    Street 1

    Street 2

    Street 3

    A palace

    Probably the seat of some ministry.

    The same palace with ceremonial guard houses

    The same from another angle

    Guard house up close

    Tent of regimental (judging from the size) staff

    Soldier in trench

    Soldiers at ruined house

    Black soldiers

    Here and here.

    Some farm houses.

    Another farm house.

    Half-timbered; we call this style ‘Fachwerk’ in Germany. There are lots of these in my hometown.

    Soldiers in village road.

    Ruined church with graveyard

    Artillery rounds

    Fire brigade

    Park with statue

    Pretty shop

    (Even if some perfidious Germans shot out a window)

    Cardinal and bishop with some Generals

    The same Generals up close

    The interior of a church

    A quite handsome altar, somewhat damaged

    Postman at city corner

    Officer in dress uniform

    Stricken village


    7 Responses to “Some more on color photographies from the WW I era”

    1. Richard Heddleson Says:

      Ralf, Thanks. Do you know what the buildings are?

    2. Ralf Goergens Says:

      I just found out that the upper picture is the Hôtel de Ville, Paris’ city hall:

      Hôtel de Ville

      The church looks like Notre Dame, but I’m not quitre sure.

    3. j.scott barnard Says:

      I guess they hadn’t invented pressure washers by then.

    4. Richard Heddleson Says:

      Thanks. Fascinating pictures. Especially if that is Notre Dame, it is amazing how bucolic Paris was in 1900.

    5. incognito Says:

      Fantastic. Thanks Ralf

    6. Sgt. Mom Says:

      Not Notre Dame… if it were, the Seine would be running through the middle of the picture, between the cathedral and the camera. And even in 1900, there would have been buildings all over those hills— Paris was way more build up than this.
      It’s in a small town, someplace.. Chartres is pretty dinky, as I remember. Albert?– that was close to the front….
      What we really need here is a scholar of medival architecture.

    7. terry Says:

      Exquisite. I admire your taste.