World War 1 and the Ordinary Life

There are many pictures of the devastation during World War One. We tend to forget that the great battles are only a small part of what was happening, even amongst soldiers on the front lines. People tend to establish routines in the most horrific of circumstances, as a means of coping.

Here are a few photographs – some in color! – that reflect the ordinary life during the Great War.

Riding horses into town on business

Riding horses into town on business

Cooking with friends

Cooking with friends (Jean-Baptiste Tournassoud, photographer)

Baby photograph

This baby has such an interesting little face

Waiting for a pot to boil

Waiting for a pot to boil

Mother and daughters

Mother and daughters

On a short break from work

Work is over for the day!

Even prisoners of war have to eat - these Scottish prisoners are eating soup

Even prisoners have to eat – these Scottish prisoners-of-war are eating soup

Australian troops pose with a small girl

Australian troops pose with a small girl

Buying newspapers

Catching up on the news

Flowers are always nice (Frank Hurley, photographer)

Flowers are always nice
(Frank Hurley, photographer)

The stereotype about men not liking dolls must be incorrect!

Some people in old pictures look like they could never exist today, but not the two guys standing here! They look very modern.   

Hanging out with friends

Hanging out with friends

Anastasia Romanov at her desk.

Anastasia Romanov at her desk.

A pretty Red Cross nurse poses for the camera

A Red Cross nurse poses for the camera

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