Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Makin' the Most of a Bad Situation...

If the holidays are stressin', weighin' on the nerves, just take solace in the fact that you're busy dodging dodgy relatives - not ice and bullets (ok, maybe ice).  But even then, there'd be reason for cheer.  The incredible Dutch Nationaal Archief flickr pool shows us that it's possible: for captors to dance with their POWs (above: Russians teaching the German prisoners the cossack dance in 1915)...

...for the injured to look past their pain for a spot of wheelchair polo (England, 1915)...

...to add a bit of Christmas cheer to the trenches (German soldiers with Christmas tree and cotton "angel's hair")...

...to do anything for a cig (German prisoner offers an injured Brit a light)...

...to look one's best while marching towards hell (Eton boys after the declaration of war, 1915)

...to see if your friend follows all the rules of a kilt (England 1915).

(So many thanks to Neuf Francs for the heads up on these!)

5 comments:

CashmereLibrarian said...

inspired post! many thanks and happy holidays!

J ..de Santa Fe said...

Priceless photos - Great post!
Happy Holidays from Santa Fe ... .
where the snow is divine -
Judith

Grey Jay said...

Ah yes, the Eton Rifles... I now understand that awesome song by the Jam a little bit more.

matt said...

thanks for putting things in perspective. merry xmas.

Libby Buttons said...

The human spirit is truly an amazing thing. Thank you for this wonderful post.
smiles
"LiBBy"