Monday, March 24, 2014

Extraordinary collection of 5,000 WWI photographs salvaged from RUBBISH DUMPS

Via WiscoDave

Horrifying: This salvaged image shows the terrible conditions from the First World War, where this trench is strewn with bodies and rubbish while servicemen watch on

A dustman with a passion for history has compiled one of the Britain's best collections of First World War photographs after spending decades fishing out pictures from rubbish dumps and bins.

Bob Smethurst spent 36 years working in refuse and began saving the remarkable images from landfill because he could not bear to see them destroyed.

He believes as soldiers from the conflict grew old and died a lot of their remarkable memorabilia was often thrown out, especially in the 1970s and 1980s.

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