Category: history

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                                                                  Testing the wind

100 years ago today, two debonnaire British aviators, John Alcock and Arthur Brown, made the first
non-stop transatlantic flight
, from Newfoundland to Ireland. Their friend, Margaret
Carter, captured on camera the pilots and field crew’s intimates moments before
this history-making flight.

See the awesome article and photos “In 1919, Margaret Carter had a camera and
access to history-making pilots Alcock and Brown”

Photo: June 1919, Testing the wind in St John’s Newfoundland, photo by
Margaret Carter – CBC

Exhausted stretcher bearers from the 3rd Aus…

Exhausted stretcher bearers from the 3rd Australian Division rest in the mud and drizzle of Broodseinde Ridge, during the Third Battle of Ypres, 11 October 1917.

Australian soldiers having their feet inspec…

Australian soldiers having their feet inspected for trench foot at Zonnebeke, September 1917.

Australian tunnelers pumping water from dugo…

Australian tunnelers pumping water from dugouts, Hooge, Belgium. 18 September 1917.

A monkey acquired by Australian troops in Egyp…

A monkey acquired by Australian troops in Egypt as a mascot, 1915.

Australian Light Horsemen, Australian and Ne…

Australian Light Horsemen, Australian and New Zealand Mounted Division, watering their horses at Ain es Sultan (Elisha’s Well), 1917.

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                                                                    Bone Dry

‘The Prohibition Law went into effect in
June 1919, just in time to greet the million and more American soldiers who
were returning from the War in France and who had acquired abroad a taste for
wines and spirits only to find their own beloved native land had gone bone dry. But
not for long. Within days after
the Prohibition Law had gone into effect, the illegal traffic in drinks was
underway and in a big way, never to be checked until Repeal in 1933′

Decanter Magazine

Illustration: a “changed” Lady
Liberty, and a prohibitionist welcome a returning soldier – Stars and Stripes, June 1919 – The
A.E.F. in Cartoon By Wally – The National WW1 Museum and Memorial

Note: The Wartime
Prohibition Act took effect June 30, 1919, with July 1, 1919 becoming known as
the “Thirsty-First”.

The 2nd Australian Tunnelling Company at wor…

The 2nd Australian Tunnelling Company at work underground. 14 November 1917 at Nieuport Bains, Belgium.

Officers and other ranks attend a training s…

Officers and other ranks attend a training session on an aero-engine at the Australian Flying Corps training depot at Halton Camp, Wendover, Buckinghamshire, 1918.

A high view of the camp and horse lines of A…

A high view of the camp and horse lines of A Squadron, 9th Australian Light Horse Regiment, in a valley near Jericho in Palestine, 17 August 1918.