Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Recommended: A Visual Approach to World War I History

Regular readers of Roads to the Great War know that we have a dedicated band of regular contributors. One of these is my friend Cyril Mazansky, who is a man of many parts, and one of his special areas of interest is World War I cigarette cards.  We recently received a review copy of Cyril's new book on that subject,  The First World War on Cigarette and Trade Cards: An Illustrated and Descriptive History. It's absolutely a delight — not just a book on a collectible — but in the aggregate a history of the war in visual form. Every aspect of the war is covered: uniforms, aircraft, weaponry, cartoons, photos from the battlefield, notable figures, and much more. Each card has a photo or well-done illustration on one side and a brief, but informative, description on the back.  Our literary editor, David Beer, is preparing a review, but we wanted to let you know that Cyril Mazansky's enjoyable work is available now. Here are some of the hundreds of examples from the work as a printable poster for you.  

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