First World War - Blackout cartoon postcard
'Hoping to see more of you' - mindful of the blackout enforced in London during World War one, this couple look forward to getting a better view of each other when their paths next cross! A limited version of the total blackout experienced during World War Two had been introduced in 1915 during the First World War, when German Zeppelins began to drop bombs on their enemy. But then the lights were subdued or dimmed rather than dowsed, and only when a Zeppelin was known to be en route. Date: circa 1915
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World War One humorous postcard by George Ranstead
Humorous illustration on a postcard by George Ranstead, an amateur artist of the Great War who served in the Army Pay Corps and produced a large number of hand drawn postcards during the period. As a girl dreamily contemplates a full moon from the window of her bedroom thinking that her sweetheart is seeing the same thing, wherever he is in France, her other half curses the same moon for providing some very unwelcome light during a nocturnal expedition to lay barbed wire in No Man's Land. The cartoon's humour is very much inspired by that of Bruce Bairnsfather, the foremost cartoonist of WWI.
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Czech Republic - Promoting Sokol Rally 1920s
A rally to promoting public exercise as a way to stimulate national self importance (through organised gymnastic and athletic demonstrations - usually mass-participation). Sokol was founded on the philosophy that a physically fit, mentally alert and culturally developed people can make a nation strong. The word "sokol" translates to falcon and is symbolic of the Sokol ideals: Courage, Strength, Endurance, Fraternalism, Love of democratic principles, and Pride in country. Miroslav Tyrs (1832 -1884) (depicted in the centre) was a key exponent of this approach and is duly being honoured by the ranks of passing Sokol participants. Tyrs believed that a nation must be physically fit, morally on a high plane and intelligent in order to secure independence and retain it. Elevated to Doctor of Philosophy at Charles University and a member of the Education Staff of Rieger's Encyclopedia, Tyrs formulated his Sokol plan, creating an entirely new gymnastic terminology. The next twenty years of his life were devoted to Sokol. He was the first Physical Director, editor of the Sokol paper and creator of calisthenics and exercises, placing the whole system on a firm scientific basis. Between the First and Second World Wars the organisation grew to have a million members. The Sokol programmes were organised to have mass appeal across all strata of Czech society and across all age grous."
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