To any of my followers wondering where I am: I’ve had some business to take care of (still do) and won’t be back on here until the end of August or so. So I’m just checking in and letting you all know I’m alive. Or am I?
June 28, 1914. Archduke Franz Ferdinand is assassinated in Sarajevo, launching a fateful cascade of events that would lead to the first mechanized world war. In “the war to end all wars,” weapons were not only tanks and bayonets, but also images and words.
The Devil’s Bagpipes, lithograph in Kartinki—voina russkikh s nemtsami, 1914. The Trench, Félix Vallotton. In C’est la guerre!, 1915–16, pl. 1. Our toy. The Villainous Kaiser Wilhelm, Paul Iribe. Cover of Le mot 1, no. 4 (January 2, 1915). The Getty Research Institute