The “Grande Collecte: Photographs Found On Killed Enemy Soldiers In World War 1

FACE of the day: Dominique Thuillier shows a postcard that her grandfather, Maurice Emile Day, found during WWI on the corpse of an enemy soldier he had just killed. Paris’’ National Library is one of dozens of collection points across France that opened their doors from November 9 to 16 for the “Grande Collecte.” Donors were invited to tell the stories behind their mementos, which the library’s experts used to annotate the entries in the archive. Contributors watched as the library’’s technical staff digitized their items before returning them to the donor.


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