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Christmas menu cards

Christmas Menu Cards by Graeme Chamley Wynne, 1915 and 1917.

Wynne was captured by German troops during the Battle of Le Cateau, 26 August 1914, and spent the remainder of the war in captivity.

Prisoners often performed theatricals and pantomimes to pass the time, and Wynne provided many of these cards to mark various performances.

Here, he celebrates Christmas 1915 with an image of a well dressed young lady showing off her stocking tops, and an imaginary menu which includes “Soupe Kitchener” and “Homard [lobster] Roosevelt”.

By contrast, two years later in 1917 the illustration is more bleak, showing barbed wire and an armed sentry.

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