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10 Photos of WWI Soldiers Drinking Coffee

10 Photos of WWI Soldiers Drinking Coffee

Old Coffee

10 Photos of WWI Soldiers Drinking Coffee

10 Photos of WWI Soldiers Drinking Coffee

Old photos often tell an interesting story of how things were during earlier times. This turns out to be especially true with coffee.

The following 10 photos and descriptions were pulled from the US Library of Congress' fantastic photo archive. The library's records show that they were taken by the American Red Cross in 1918, near the end of the first World War.

One-hundred years later, it's safe to say that we still have our patience and appreciation for coffee. However, judging by the huge pouring kettle in several photos, the means of preparing and sharing coffee have changed quite a bit.

A roomful of sailors in London 

 

A roomfull of sailors at RC headquarters in London drinking coffee

“A roomfull of sailors at RC headquarters in London. The Red Cross has been host to several thousands of American sailors on leave in London since the signing of the armistice. The Canteen girls always have plenty of sandwiches, chocolate, apples, and coffee for a late evening supper before the boys roll up in their blankets and “go to bed” on the floors of the Red Cross offices.”

– American Red Cross, 1918

 

Two soldiers at a well-staffed Canteen Station 

 

Soldiers eat doughnuts and coffee at the Canteen Station in 52 Grosvenor Gardens

“Soldiers on leave in London make their first stop at Red Cross headquarters, where they are served with doughnuts and coffee at the Canteen Station in 52 Grosvenor Gardens. The four R.C. workers shown in the picture are: Miss Helen Peterson, Chicago, (pouring coffee) Miss Alan Campbell, Chicago, Miss Helen Baldwin, Lakewood, NJ, Miss Anna Lansing, Albany (with scales).”

– American Red Cross, 1918 

 

Hundreds of soldiers wait for coffee and doughnuts 

 

Hundreds of soldiers line up to be served daily coffee and doughnuts

“Hundreds of soldiers en route to the front are being served daily with coffee and doughnuts at the Red Cross Canteen, St. Pierre Des Corps (Tours) At the American Red Cross Canteen at Tours the demand for coffee and doughnuts seem inexhaustible, but so is the supply, and the workers are always ready to serve a few more. Every day hundreds of American soldiers on their way to the front are refreshed with something that tastes like home.”

– American Red Cross, 1918

 

Coffee and doughnuts for a hungry soldier at the Red Cross Canteen Saint Pierre des Corps

“Coffee and doughnuts for a hungry soldier at the Red Cross Canteen Saint Pierre des Corps (Tours) They are always hungry and they can always get coffee and doughnuts at the American Red Cross Canteen, St. Pierre des Corps (Tours).”

– American Red Cross, 1918

 

Soldiers drink coffee at the canteen operated by the American Red Cross and the French Red Cross

“Hot coffee for the soldiers at the canteen operated by members of the American Red Cross and the French Red Cross together, in a heavily shelled village in the Aisne district. A great deal of work is done here at night as the soldiers pass to and fro and the canteen also sends hot drinks up to the men in the trenches. This canteen is attached to the French army and follows its own division wherever it is sent, finding quarters as best it may at each stop.”

– American Red Cross, 1918

 

Two Italian soldiers enjoy a break and coffee

 

American coffee served to Italian soldiers

“American coffee served steaming hot from ARC Canteen to Italian soldiers who were on their way from active fighting in the trenches nearby, does much to keep up the spirit of Italian troops. Working actively on the front line the ARC is also aiding hundreds of thousands of soldier’s families and assists thousands of refugees and carries on important work for the little children of Italy.”

– American Red Cross, 1918

 

Traveling soldiers enjoying coffee and sandwiches

 

Red Cross serves coffee to 20 travelling soldiers

“Red Cross Canteens Joy and Comfort of Travelling Soldiers. The Red Cross canteens where the soldiers can get real coffee, and nice and hot, and sandwiches, just the kind you’re used to getting at home, is the joy and comfort of every traveling soldier. After a long wait at some station to get a “swallow” of that coffee and a “bite” of one of those sandwiches is their chief desire. And the canteens are always there with mounds of goodies to serve them. The Red Cross treatment has won the hearts of the soldiers. More than 1,000 chapters have refreshment units.”

– American Red Cross, 1918

 

Soldiers are served chocolate, coffee, soup and sweet drinks at Orry-la-Ville

 

“Outside the American Red Cross Canteen at Orry-la-Ville. In the Canteen proper the soldiers are served with a solid meal. At this booth outside, which is called the Goutte de Cafe, they can get chocolate, coffee, soup and sweet drinks. The Gottee de Cafe is busy day and night.”

– American Red Cross, 1918

 

French soldiers enjoying a hot cup of coffee

 

French soldiers drinking coffee served by the American Red Cross

“French soldiers drinking to the health of the American ladies who served them their cups of coffee at the American Red Cross canteen at Orry-la-Ville.”

– American Red Cross, 1918

 

American girl serves a cup of coffee to an American pilot

“Hot drink service on the flying fields. A cup of coffee served by an American girl, brings warmth to the cramped body.”

– American Red Cross, 1918

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