Friday, November 11, 2011

Les Compagnons


These are soldiers from the First World War who were carpenters by trade. They belonged to the Compagnons. The Compagnons still exist today. Taking on apprentices and passing on the skills which are now disappearing. If a monument is being restored you can usually find members of the compagnons working there somewhere.

I think that we forget that men were needed not only to fight, but to cook, mend, build, translate, heal and provide spiritual guidance….. Each had his own role.

6 comments:

A Lady's Life said...

so true anji. A support group is important to have.

Judy Haughton-James said...

You certainly showcase some interesting postcards. Timely reminder that soldiers not only fight, they serve in many roles. I hope your weekend is going good Anji.

Elisa said...

That is very neat! You know, I've been wanting to ask you if you've heard of postcrossing.com? You can sign up and send postcards and then you will also receive them from around the world. Pretty neat.

Anji said...

A lady's life: Unfortunately they weren't looked after too well after the war...

Judy: thank you.

Elisa: I have heard of it. most of the cards you see here are for sale in our eBay shop. We have thousands, I don't think i could cope with exchanging cards as well. good thought though. I bet you've collected some interesting cards on your travels.

Doug Stephens said...

Interesting. So when do we get to see a post card dedicated to latrine diggers and kitchen helpers? :)

Anji said...

Doug: You mean potato peelers?

http://cgi.ebay.fr/CPA-militaires-caserne-CORVEE-POMMES-DE-TERRE-/380385154028?pt=FR_JG_Collections_Cartes_postales&hash=item5890b8d3ec