As the world looks on with horror at the growing civilian toll in Gaza, and Hamas and Israel consider the terms of a U.S.-proposed ceasefire, one young Palestinian architect is responding to the crisis through art. Gaza-based Tawfik Gebreel aims to send a message, in the “universal humanitarian language understood by all peoples of the world.” He is using photos of the smoke thrown up by rocket strikes and reworking the images with symbols of hope and unity.
Tristan & Isolde Brooch
Dali (1904-1989) wrote of this brooch : ”The heads are juxtaposed to form a goblet, which, in turn, suggests the effluence of love possible between man and woman.” 1stdibs.com
Daddy, what did YOU do in the Great War? (1914/15)
This is a famous example of the kind of propaganda poster that was used in Britain at the start of the First World War, before conscription was introduced in 1916. Interestingly, this poster was the idea of a printer named Arthur Gunn, who had apparently imagined himself in the situation with his children when thinking of his own guilt at having not joined up. After the poster was printed, Arthur Gunn joined the Westminster Volunteers. The reaction to the poster at the Western Front was bitter and over the years the poster has become notorious as an example of emotional blackmail in propaganda of the time. The artist who designed the poster, Savile Lumley is said to have disowned the picture after the war, due to this massive backlash.
Mere weeks into the start of WWI British Army Captain, Robert Campbell, was captured and imprisoned in a German POW camp. Two years later, in 1916, Campbell received the news that his mother back in England was dying and so he wrote a letter to Kaiser Wilhelm II requesting permission to visit her - and it was granted!
The only condition the Kaiser stipulated was that Campbell must return to the prison within two weeks and the only bond placed upon the deal was the soldier’s ‘word’, which was apparently good because after just one week with his cancer-stricken mother, Campbell returned to the prison and remained there until the end of the war.
This curious story was unearthed from the National Archives which mentions the ‘leave of absence of Capt. R C Campbell … to visit dying mother’, however, perhaps the strangest aspect of the tale is the fact that the British Army allowed Campbell to return to the prison, though historians suggest that had he not returned there would have been retribution on the other prisoners.
[Sources: Images: 1. Kaiser Wilhelm II | 2. Capt. Campbell | 3. One of the notes outlining the details of Campbell’s leave, more of which can be seen at the Source]
Even rarer than albino white-tailed deer are black, or “melanistic,” white-tails. Photographer R. M. Buquoi took this photo of a melanistic fawn near Austin, Texas.