Fonds RBSC-ARC-1636 - World War I British press photograph collection

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World War I British press photograph collection

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RBSC-ARC-1636

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ca. 6000 photographs

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The collection consists of photography of every aspect of World War I - from cadet training to soldiers' graves. Every theatre of war is represented, but the majority of prints were taken in Europe, particularly on the battlefields of France and Belgium. In Britain, there are prints of Gibson Girls welding ships or carting coal. There are prints of royalty and military commanders, including Greek, Belgian and Japanese aristocracy. The technology of war is illustrated in the numerous prints of planes, ships, tanks and guns of all kinds. The collection is strong in portraying the average "Tommy" and his role in the war.

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The British Press were given permission to photograph British activities in World War I. Most of the prints are stamped "Passed for transmission abroad" by either the Ministry of Information, Photographic Section or the Associated Illustration Agencies. Although specific photographers are not mentioned, there is a note on the back of most photographs stating, "Please acknowledge "British Official" - Crown Copyright Reserved."

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