Rare Photographs of World War I Through Vintage Tobacco Cards

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The world’s first global conflict, the “Great War” pitted the Central Powers of Germany, Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire against the Allied forces of Great Britain, the United States, France, Russia, Italy and Japan. The introduction of modern technology to warfare resulted in unprecedented carnage and destruction, with more than 9 million soldiers killed by the end of the war in November 1918.

Below are some rare photographs of World War I from a set of early Spanish or Cuban tobacco cards.

WWI barbers

WWI wounded

WWI dogs

WWI trunks

WWI spy

WWI reinforcements

WWI prisoners

WWI prisoners

WWI phone

WWI meal

WWI Japanese

WWI Indian

WWI hogkilling

WWI hogkilling

WWI drink peddlar

WWI dentist

WWI christmas

WWI camp kitchen

WWI camp

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