ONE of the less harrowing - indeed delightful - aspects to come out of the anniversary of the First World War is the wonderful imagery of the era.
Take this lovely card, which recalls a character of the period, the roue and ‘Prince of Piccadilly,’ Gilbert the Filbert, who featured in an entertaining monologue by Basil Hallam (check it out on YouTube, in a recording from The Passing Show of 1915).
Next week, South Shields Museum hosts an illustrated talk which reveals that not just images of heroism, but a wider visual language was used in the popular art of the Great War.
The British Tommy keeps company with symbolic personifications, such as Britannia and Liberty; while other images reference that bread must be saved, socks knitted, spirits raised and war bonds purchased.
From good luck charms to guns, and featuring a mixture of humour, sentiment and patriotic duty, the war fostered a range of popular pictorial material that can still touch us today.
The talk, next Friday, January 23, from 11am to noon, will be by Gail-Nina Anderson, curator of the exhibition, The Postcard: A Voyage of Discovery, in which she displays her personal collection of postcards, including some of the Great War era.
Her talk links-in with the exhibition, which closes on January 31, and with Home of Heroes: South Tyneside in the First World War, when ends on January 24.