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    Posted 4 years ago

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    A nice WWI period original post card photograph of two men sitting, one in a suit and one in military uniform. The man to the right of photo in military uniform is a Canadian Soldier and is wearing a WWI other ranks' Service Dress tunic and trousers. The tunic has a 1914/15 star ribbon bar on it, meaning the soldier had been one of the first lot to arrive at the front. He has two maple leafs on his collars. What is most interesting is his trench cap, which sports a "Little Black Devil" the symbol of the Winnipeg Rifles and their cap badge. This soldier was no doubt in one of the numbered battalions that are perpetuated by the Winnipeg Rifles. The maple leaf collars make be believe that this soldier isn't in the 8th Battalion CEF (who would have had "C" over "8" collar badges), but perhaps one of the other battalions perpetuated by the Winnipeg Rifles, such as the 190th, 203rd Battalions, etc. that used maple leaf collar badges with their battalion number on their collars.

    Beside the Winnipeg Rifleman is a man in a period suit, tie, and white pants. He appears to be pretty well dressed. If you look carefully he is also wearing a ring (may be hard to see when not looking at it up closely like I did) on one of his fingers. I can safely assume that this man is a friend of the Winnipeg Rifleman, or perhaps a family member or acquaintance at least. There is a very slight tear of the photograph to the edge of the photograph on the man with the suit's arm.

    I believe it to be a hospital setting as in the background you can spot a nurse. Of course, it could be another location but because the nurse is in full uniform I believe this may be a hospital or field hospital. I am not sure, but it also appears as if the Winnipeg Rifleman is not wearing shoes, and is bear foot?? If so, I find it very odd that he would be bear foot while randomly walking around, so perhaps he was recently discharged from the hospital when this photograph was taken. I have tried my best to speculate on what is happening with what is provided in the photograph.

    To the back of the photograph it says "POST CARD", "Made in Canada", and then gives instructions about where to put your correspondence and stamp. There is some light staining but this side is in pretty good shape. There are no names, writing or dates written on the back of this post card photograph, however this is WWI period.

    Overall a really nice and original old photograph post card of a Winnipeg Rifleman and a man in a suit sitting in what I believe to be a hospital setting. Only one slight tear to the photograph, and some light staining on both sides.

    I kindly ask that this photograph is not copied or reproduced, especially not without my permission, it is an original period post card photograph that I have bought for my collection.

    I hope you have all enjoyed this post, thanks for stopping by.

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    1. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 4 years ago
      Interesting commentary you have there, and all seems reasonable to me. That is also a fine rea lphoto postcard . I also collect photo postcards.
    2. BlackWatch BlackWatch, 4 years ago

      Thanks for your kind comment, it is greatly appreciated. I also think this is a fine photo postcard, I mainly collect military uniforms and headgear however it is very nice to find the odd old photograph to add to the collection and I hope to find more of these WWI real post card photos in the future. Thanks again for stopping by!

      Best regards,

    3. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 4 years ago
      It is so strange to see the military msn, so regal in his pristine looking uniform--with bare feet! I see the nurse, and it must be a medical facility.I think it IS a really unusual glimpse into a moment long gone. Very nice!! Lately, there has been less activity here, and I hope it picks up. Sometimes it takes more time till it gets your post circulated into the the audience here. Just know your post is really cool!
    4. antiquerose antiquerose, 4 years ago
      Maybe he was in a Hospital yet they needed a pic for something, so he put on his uniform just for the pic ( thus the reason no shoes/socks ). My Dad served with the RCAF for WWII and I know he caught TB while serving and spent some time at a Sanitorium. Maybe that is what it is, but this is WWI photo, but just throwing that out there...

      In the meantime, will share this ....
    5. BlackWatch BlackWatch, 4 years ago

      Thank you very much for your kind words yet again. It is definitely a unique glimpse into a time long gone by, which is also sort of why I collect in general. It's a neat glimpse into the past, pictures of events, or objects that were worn in those events like helmets and uniforms. I have noticed a little less activity lately but I think that will pass in time and the website will become more active eventually. I joined this website because it is a neat platform to share my collection, while seeing other people's collecting interests and learning more about that category of collecting. I may not collect some things other people collect on this site, but for me it's all very interesting. Thanks again.

      Best regards,

    6. BlackWatch BlackWatch, 4 years ago

      Thanks for your comment. Yes it is possible that they just needed a picture for something and he got his uniform on and they took a quick picture at the hospital. I guess we'll never really know why he was there, but thanks to the figure of a nurse standing in the background I believe this to be some sort of hospital setting. Also thank you for sharing the video I have watched about a minute of it and it is very interesting to see all the soldiers on the remembrance wall as they call it, and their branch, unit, rank, etc.

      Best regards,

    7. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 4 years ago
      The uniformed man looks to be maybe 40??In your actual photo does he look to have light hair--At first look I thought ir might be grey?
    8. Gillian, 4 years ago
      I can see a ring also on the left hand of the uniformed soldier. Me thinks they are in a hot climate, where white trousered men abound.
    9. BlackWatch BlackWatch, 4 years ago

      I personally think he has light hair, I don't think anyone older than 50 would even be a front line infantryman. I agree that he is a bit old than many of the younger soldiers that went off to war, and I would agree that he is probably around 40.
    10. BlackWatch BlackWatch, 4 years ago

      Thanks, I did even see the ring on the uniformed rifleman. It could perhaps be a hot climate, or perhaps during the Summer time in Europe. I don't think white pants would be worn, nor no shoes on, during winter months. Thanks for pointing these things out as I had not previously seen the ring, and did not put together in my mind that is was probably a warm climate and/or a summer month in Europe.

      Best regards,

    11. BlackWatch BlackWatch, 4 years ago
      Many thanks everyone for all the loves.

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