Lot 22 (Medals & Militaria with Country Pursuits, 14th December 2018)

Sold for £30

Lot details

A WW I P.O.W. camp amateur dramatic society photograph album, possibly from Schweidnitz Officers camp in East Germany, having canvas backed covers with Skizzen-Buch imprinted to the front, containing approximately 40 photographs of theatrical scenes (most inserted into pages with some loose and duplicates in a pouch to the back cover), with programme character list for a production at Day-ly's Theatre of The Magistrate ''The Well Known Farce'' attached to the inside front cover. Amateur dramatic societies were a popular morale-boosting feature at the officers prisoner of war camps during the First World War, alongside sporting societies, orchestras and other groups. Part of the barracks would be transformed into a theatre with prisoners producing their own costumes and sets, an important mental diversion to help lift the tedium of prison life. Productions would be advertised in camp newspapers and magazines including ''The Barb'' magazine at Schweidnitz Camp. These camps were a far cry from the squalid conditions of camps in popular imagination, which was mainly formed by the very different experiences of captives in WWII.


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