Most people think that the casualties of War are the people killed in fighting. But many lived on, bearing scars, lost limbs, trauma; they did not receive the honors of those that fell. This post explores that notion with casualty stereoviews from A. O. Fasser, and a poem by Wilfred Owen.
A port or other fortified waterfront in Belgium, photographed by A. O. Fasser, is the subject of today's Month of Remembrance post - along with some brief discussion on maritime combat during the Great War.
Four of A. O. Fasser's stereo photos (from a set on Belgium) are not like the other ones - let's take a look!
A look at the next box marked "Belgium" in the A. O. Fasser, as well as a consideration as to why plates in poor condition still need the "deluxe treatment" as regards their conservation.
A double exposure can be accidental. But this strange triple exposure - found in one of A. O. Fasser's "Belgium" boxes - was almost certainly made on purpose. The question is: to what end?
While not as commonly represented in exciting sets of stereoviews, photographs and newsreels from the front - or any media really, standing around and shooting the breeze was as much a part of Great War life as ducking for cover during a bombardment or hastily fitting a gas mask. These were men at war, but foremost, they were men living their lives.
Dr. Fasser's collection came with a twine-bound set of 8 slides marked "Rheims", a common alternate spelling of Reims. But given what's on the slides, he couldn't have made them all himself - so we must examine the evidence to try to suss out whether Fasser ever did photograph Reims.