Monday, November 10, 2014

Le Poilu et Sa Pipe

In August 1914, French soldiers were drafted in record numbers 


 
Draft registration in front of the gare de l'Est, Paris, Aug 2, 1914


in what would be a four year long conflict on French soil 






with over 1,300,000 French casualties.


French_87th_Regiment_Cote_34_Verdun_1916





Evidence abounds of soldiers, affectionately nicknamed the Poilus, smoking a pipe. 


On billboards, 
 





in advertising,






posters


"On les aura"


drawings











août 1915, par Henri Laffite. Dessin au lavis.



postcards


















children drawing books,



La Bouffarde et le Perlot

lighters,





photographs,








 













 and pipes...


"LA PIPE DES TRANCHEES",
Gustave Obiols (H : 6.5 cm)
France, circa 1914-1918








Armistice, November 11, 1918






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