Nice Digital Camera photos

Some cool Digital Camera images:

Empty tins being placed in a kiln to extract the solder from them
Digital Camera
Image by National Library of Scotland
Kilns being prepared to smelt tin cans, France, during World War I. The smoke billowing across this desert work station conveys some idea of the heavy industry going on in this makeshift camp. Both the soldiers in the image are engrossed in their tasks and are on the whole unaware of the camera.

Metal was needed for parts of ammunition and guns, and less obviously for bits of clothing, especially belt buckles and buttons. The transportation of food, however, was deemed far more essential; cans like these would have contained bread or meat, and so any tin which could be salvaged from them was helpful.

[Original reads: ‘OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT IN FRANCE. SALVAGE WORK IN FRANCE. Empty tins being placed in a kiln to extract the solder from them.’]

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Tommies arriving home at Mud Terrace
Digital Camera
Image by National Library of Scotland
Four soldiers walking towards the camera. The man on the far left is wearing a long overcoat, the other three have waterproof capes. All four are wearing steel helmets. To the left there is a row of tents. It is unclear from this photograph what the tents are being used for, possibly accommodation or storage of supplies. The ground they are walking on is extremely wet and muddy, and the way the men are walking suggests it is cold.

‘Tommy is ‘Tommy Atkins, a fictional hero figure representing the average British soldier.

[Original reads: ‘Tommies arriving home at Mud Terrace.’]

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