Even in this stiffly staged picture, made decades before candid photography was possible, unfeigned joy comes through in the faces of the women we might assume to be Mère (center) and Grand-Mère (right). The devastation of this unnamed French town by three years of military occupation is equally evident. Neighboring houses have been reduced to rubble.
Elsewhere in The New York Times Mid-Week Pictorial this week was a two-page essay, “Petrograd During the Russian Revolution as Shown by First Photographs to Reach America.” (That would have been the February Revolution that overthrew the monarchy. The October Revolution was yet to come. Petrograd, or St. Petersburg, was then the capital.)
The photograph below, which looks like a moth specimen pinned to a cork board, must have astonished readers who were just getting accustomed to the idea of heavier-than-air flight. The vantage was higher in the sky even than the aircraft being pictured. And it was already clear that aviation, even in its infancy, would change the way war was waged.
Times Insider is offering glimpses of some of the most memorable wartime illustrations that appeared in The New York Times Mid-Week Pictorial, on the 100th anniversary of each issue: