Sand Script

Image: Pyramids Source: Ian Menkins

Image: Pyramids
Source: Ian Menkins

Image: Men on Parade Source: Ian Menkins

Image: Men on Parade
Source: Ian Menkins

These three photos were sent to Emilie Hartland (nee Vohland) during World War I by a family friend Donald Plowman. These images reminded me of some amazing old photos that I have come across that have been handed down over the years in some families.

When I was in Logan a gentleman donated some old silver nitrate photos, which were taken by his father while he was in Egypt and Beersheba. They were barely the size of a post-it note but once I scanned them at 2400dpi (probably a bit excessive but it worked) I was able to blow them up to A3 size and see all the detail in the images. The hardest part about the project was not scanning the photos or even deciphering the hand written in the captions, it was tracking down the locations listed. Some of the towns don’t exist any more and so I went in search of some digital copies of historical maps of the area.

Image: In the Trenches Source: Ian Menkins

Image: In the Trenches
Source: Ian Menkins

Some websites like http://firstworldwar.com/maps/palestinefront.htm have a great range of maps that relate to the different areas, and it was looking at these that I came to realise that not only was I looking for places that may not exist any more but the names were the English translation/pronunciation of the towns and the spelling was phonetic.

If you’ve any images that have been handed down through your family from the war, and we don’t just mean “action shots” but what the men did in their leisure time too, then we would love to hear from you.

 

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