As Americans we never have to deal with the after effects of wars - especially those wars in which we were a combatant. Since WWI, only one battle has been fought on US soil and none have been fought in the contiguous 48. Finding a bomb in your back garden must really bring home the reality of a war that ended nearly 110 years ago.
Speaking of bringing things back to life, Kelsey has reposted a very interesting set of pictures from the First World War. These photos are nothing special in terms of composition or subject matter - they depict soldiers in typical WWI uniform standing in trenches or sitting around - but they are in color, as almost no other photos of the Great War are.
I showed these pictures to my photo teacher, who asked if they had been hand-colored. I don't think they have been, judging by the accuracy and the detail of the work, but I looked it up anyway. As it turns out, a method of color photography was developed in 1907, just seven years before the outbreak of hostilities in Europe - autochrome.
The pictures, like the bombs and the radio piece, bring the World Wars slightly closer, subjectively, to modern times. We can identify more easily with a color photograph than we can with a black and white one. Perhaps things like these will help us avoid such a war in the future. Maybe we will never have a war so horrible, so bloody, that it can be described by no other name than simply, "the Great War."
Only if we remember these artifacts, these photos, these stories.