Sunday, February 15, 2009

World War I art from the trenches

Because their mess kits were made of soft aluminum, the soldiers enjoyed personalizing them in their spare time.

Real talent, I'd say.

The doughboys made these works of art from shell casings.

Cliff especially enjoyed the guns...

and the cannons.

On our way to Liberty Memorial, Cliff asked, "What started that war, anyhow?"

"I don't have the slightest idea," I told him.

Well, we both know now. And we know that in truth, World War II was only a completion, or perhaps continuation, of World War I.

I will tell you that I'm really interested in learning more about this "war to end all war". I'm going searching for a novel set in that time. Maybe an Earnest Hemmingway?


Diane@Diane's Place said...

Interesting. I remember a lot more of my history of WW2 than WW1, but I remember the basics from high school history.

It really started long before that, but Bosnia and Serbia were feuding and one of them assassinated Arch Duke Ferdinand and it escalated from there. And I don't remember which country Ferdinand belonged to, so is that clear as mud now?

Happy history hunting. :o)

Hope you have a great new week, Donna.

Love and hugs,


Muhd Imran said...

An interesting place to visit. I love walking through exhibits in museums... open spaces and indoors.

At least I get to witness som pieces of the past and appreciate the present comfortable place we are living in.

Have a great week ahead.

Helen said...

Those were some good drawing on the bottoms of their cookware. I love those vases made out of the shell castings. Helen

Anonymous said...

My mind is a blank about the books. I remeber reading some really good ones about the Holocaust but can't even remember the names of those. I love the artwork made from the casings. I live here and have never gone there. Maybe next time I have out of town company I will take them somewhere besides Truman's Library! ;)