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

At the turn of the century, Paris hosted an Exposition Universelle, known to the rest of the world as the World’s fair of 1900. Paris Photographs, World Fair Exhibition, 1900. Posters, pictures and photos.

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Among the wonders introduced to mortals were the Crystal Palace, a building made entirely of iron and glass, the Hall of Machines, and the diesel engine.

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