PORTRAIT OF TWO WORLD WAR l INFANTRY SOLDIERS SERVING AS TELEGRAPH OPERATORS

This vintage real photo postcard features a portrait of two French World War I infantry men. The French often informally referred to World War I infantry men as “Poilu”. The term can be translated as “hairy ones” and it was used as a form of endearment. Many of these men came from rural background and sported beards and bushy mustaches. They were known as tough and brave but not exactly obedient to their officers.The men in this photo are wearing pins on their collars which indicate that one soldier is from the 24th and the other is from the 36th infantry regiment. One soldier has a patch on his upper left sleeve. What does the patch represent? The previous owner of this photo postcard asserted that the patch indicates that the men were members of the telegraph corps. I can not confirm that claim. This vintage postcard is in good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF TWO WORKERS AT THE TELEGRAPH OFFICE IN LONDON, ENGLAND

This cabinet card portrait features a young man in uniform and a young woman wearing a uniform type dress. The man’s cap has a patch that appears to show a horse and rider. The woman is wearing glasses as well as jewelry. Note her large watch. What is the story that goes with this lovely couple. Are they even a couple? They could be siblings. Is the young man wearing a military uniform? The previous owner of this photograph stated that this is a portrait of two telegraph workers. The man in uniform was described as a telegraph delivery boy (man). The website “Photographers of Great Britain and Ireland 1840-1940” tells the story of the photographer who produced this photograph. Henry Bown (1841-1921) began his career as a photographer sometime between 1871 and 1876. At the time that he produced this cabinet card, he had six photo studios around London. This photo came from his studio on New Kent Road. Henry had five sons involved in his business. In 1919, his son Charles Bown took over the business. A photograph of the New Kent Road studio can be seen below. (SOLD)

                                                                                                                          Henry Bown’s New Kent Road studio

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