This hand colored French postcard, printed during WWI, shows a scenario when a soldier comes home to visit his family on leave, but ends up infecting everyone, even the pets, with lice. As about four million men lived in trenches during WWI, lice were a big problem and almost everyone was affected by the infestation. Preventing the spread of lice in the trenches was hard, because soldiers were living in such close proximity with each other, which made it easy for the lice to jump from one host to another. The discomfort of the lice was not the only problem, as they also spread diseases like Trench Fever. Soldiers heated up the seams of their clothing with candlelight or soaked them in chemical solutions in order to kill the lice, but those methods only provided temporary relief. The problem never really went away until the end of the war, when the soldiers finally left the trenches behind.
Post by Petra Hjartardottir