Brothers in Arms: War, Whimsey, and Curiosity in the Wartime Postcard

Sometimes, a picture is worth a thousand words – and sometimes it can evoke just as many questions. In the case of this largely unmarked picture postcard depicting a group of eight men in the midst of the First World War acquired from a collector of military memorabilia at the The Antiques Garage in New York City, we see a more refreshing depiction of the Front – including a jovial man seated in a baby carriage displaying a large bottle of unknown contents, a man to his right suggestively biting his finger, and two men to the left holding hands and looking forward in the midst of conflict. Despite functioning primarily as a whimsical depiction of a military camaraderie, this previously undigitized piece of unknown origin may evoke both questions and tickled expressions in modern viewers.