© Horace Nicholls / IWM, ca. 1918, WWI soldier facial reconstruction, UK --- A patient at 3rd London General Hospital examines a plaster cast of his own face. This will be used to create a mask to cover his facial injuries, which can be clearly seen. #war #ww1 #worldwar1 #bwphotography #blackandwhite #history
WORLD WAR I: MASKS, 1918. Masks showing the work done by Anna Coleman Ladd of the American Red Cross. The top row are casts taken from soldiers' mutilated faces, the bottom row shows masks of their faces before their injuries, made from pre-war photographs. On the table are masks made to fit over the disfigured part of the face. Photograph, 1918.
Street car conductor in Seattle not allowing passengers aboard without a mask during the Spanish Influenza Epidemic of 1918. Mass transit systems, with crowds of people in close quarters, were fertile venues for the spread of disease. Public health officials required passengers and employees wear masks as a precautionary measure to help them avoid contagion.
Major Martin was a homeless man, who died of pneumonia and was then used as a weapon of deceit by the British in Operation Mincemeat. The body was disguised as a dead Royal Marines Officer and left to be found in the sea off the Spanish coast, with a briefcase full of top secret files chained to his wrist. It worked and fooled the Germans saving countless British lives
"That "Menswear Look" in 1940s fashion exists for a very good reason: men in uniform didn't need their suits anymore, and suiting fabric was expensive and difficult to find, so many designers and creative seamstresses simply remade men's suits into outfits for women."