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Two-Minute Silence, Armistice Day, London

Unknown (British)

Date:
1919
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
23.9 x 28.9 cm (9 7/16 x 11 3/8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.124
  • Description

    World War I formally ended on November 11, 1918-the famous "eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month"-six hours after Germans signed a treaty with the Allies in Compiègne, France. The news was anticipated for several days and was rapidly transmitted to major cities throughout Europe and the rest of the world, thus becoming one of the first major media events of the twentieth century. This photograph, made by a news photographer, records thousands of Londoners gathered to formally observe the end of warfare in a moment of mutual, focused attention.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Embossed on print, recto, LR: "LONDON // DAILY MAIL // COPYRIGHT"

  • Provenance

    [Keith De Lellis to Waddell, May 22, 1983]; John C. Waddell

  • Notes

    Date: November 11, 1918

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