Christmas magic lantern slides


Just two magic lantern slides from my collection today. The first photograph was taken during the First World War and shows preparations for Christmas in a British military hospital in northern France. The slide would have been shown in cinemas and was intended as a moral booster, as it shows that our lads were being well cared for and able to celebrate Christmas. The second is a children’s hospital ward hung with Christmas decorations and dates from around 1900. The nurses uniforms and the bed linen are as white as white can be and the ward is shipshape and the children nicely dressed. Was it really like this in most hospital wards at the turn of the century?


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