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Cuirassier03 Aug 2017 8:11 a.m. PST

Rare photos of French infantrymen taken at the Camp of Boulogne in 1857.

THESE IMAGES ARE VERY LARGE. RIGHT-CLICK ON THE IMAGES, COPY AND PASTE THE URL/ADDRESS OF THE PHOTOS, THEN CLICK ON THE IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM.

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Enjoy.

23rdFusilier Supporting Member of TMP03 Aug 2017 8:38 a.m. PST

These are great!

Andrew Preziosi Supporting Member of TMP03 Aug 2017 9:10 a.m. PST

Where's the filth and squalor???

I WANT my typical French filth and squalor!!!

Fake Foto!

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Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP03 Aug 2017 9:59 a.m. PST

Just incredible, thanks so much for posting, Cuirassier!

IMHO you are one of the most valuable contributors here at TMP.

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP03 Aug 2017 10:08 a.m. PST

I notice older guys and out of shape guys. Are you sure these aren't re-enactors ;)

Shedman03 Aug 2017 10:22 a.m. PST

Thanks for posting – they are excellent

Doug em4miniatures Inactive Member03 Aug 2017 11:24 a.m. PST

I notice older guys and out of shape guys. Are you sure these aren't re-enactors ;)

No – those are officers grin

I love those photos – it's a cliche but they are so atmospheric.

Thanks….!

John Miller03 Aug 2017 7:38 p.m. PST

Fascinating stuff. Thank you, John Miller

cplcampisi03 Aug 2017 8:33 p.m. PST

Very nice. Thanks for sharing.

Bad Painter04 Aug 2017 11:26 a.m. PST

Through the open door, on the right of the second picture from the top, there appear to be two women. Could they be Vivandières or perhaps wives of the officers? It almost looks like a reflection in a mirror, but I've been wrong before and have the divorce papers to prove it.

Cuirassier06 Aug 2017 7:43 a.m. PST

Glad you guys liked them. Thanks for the kind words, Mad Guru.

You are correct, Bad Painter. Two women indeed. They don't appear to be Vivandières/Cantinières.

Two more for you guys…

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Below… Colonel's Barrack (Colonel of the French 63rd Regiment of Line Infantry)… Photograph showing the gable ends of two thatched cottages with a soldier standing in front of a thatched sentry box between them. The cottage on the right has the badge of the 63rd Regiment painted on its porch.

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Tom Scott Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2017 4:19 p.m. PST

Wonderful pictures. Andrew may have been being satirical, but he makes a significant point. Most modern representations of the pre-1920 world make it one of unrelieved squalor. Of course there were terribly dirty places in Paris, London and New York. Curiously, there are still terribly dirty places in those cities. I would contend that most locations were more or less as physically clean as most places are today. Yep, you can find a picture of someplace remarkably dirty, but that hasn't changed.

MaryJane06 Sep 2017 2:40 p.m. PST

Lovely pictures!

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