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Lest We Forget
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Jeff Bailey said on November 9, 2018
More great photos – Thanks! I love seeing these!
david leigh-smith said on November 9, 2018
I definitely see this as being the best ‘no comment’ yet; a better collection it’d be hard to find. Particularly like the littlefokkers and the Irish poster. I’ve put this on a thread before but it’s worth repeating – a poem about an iris Iran who joins the war not for political or nationalist reasons – just because he loves flying;
An Irish Airman Foresees His Death – by William Yeats.
I know that I shall meet my fate
Somewhere among the clouds above;
Those that I fight I do not hate,
Those that I guard I do not love;
My country is Kiltartan Cross,
My countrymen Kiltartan’s poor,
No likely end could bring them loss
Or leave them happier than before.
Nor law, nor duty bade me fight,
Nor public men, nor cheering crowds,
A lonely impulse of delight
Drove to this tumult in the clouds;
I balanced all, brought all to mind,
The years to come seemed waste of breath,
A waste of breath the years behind
In balance with this life, this death.
William Butler Yeats
Rob Pollock said on November 9, 2018
I think that was about Major Robert Gregory, was it not – only son of Yeats’ friend and patron Lady Gregory?
It was indeed, Robert. I sense a kindred spirit, there not many who recognise the poem, let alone the inspiration.
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Mama didn’t raise no fool.
Kudos to Mrs. Pollock.
Rob Pollock said on November 10, 2018
Of course I have no idea who this woman is…
david leigh-smith said on November 10, 2018
Yeah, tried that line before.
kloster zero said on November 9, 2018
Thanks for these incredible pics…
Is the first picture painted figures
or is it a “tilt shift ” effect applied on a real picture ?
Maybe hand-coloured, as was popular as a new technique at the time. However, as you surmise, they did also print through prismatic lenses.
PS it is a group of real people!
Robert Royes said on November 9, 2018
Great photos, and poem, David. I like that D VIII.
Dirk Derks said on November 10, 2018
Always good to see your very special photo collection.
Regards, Dirk / The Netherlands.
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