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A Happy Time: 1918

A Happy Time: 1918

September 1918. "Shell Shock patients having a happy time fishing and swimming under the walls of the old chateau. These American soldiers are recovering from war neurosis, as the scientists now call the condition that used to be described as 'shell-shock.' Capt. A.E. Dennis, American Red Cross hospital representative for the U.S. Army camp at Blois, has obtained wonderful results by taking a number of these patients away from the noise and congestion of the hospital to the quiet out-door life in the forest of the Chateau Chambord near Blois." 5x7 glass negative by Lewis Hine for the American Red Cross. View full size.


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Quite a fishin' hole!

By any other name

PTSD, only in the last 30 years or so has a real understanding of it started to be reached. Always a name for it has been there, effective treatment and a lack of shame for it has only come recently.


There is something about swimming in the nude in a place where multiple others are fishing with barbed fish hooks at the end of their lines that gives me the willies. On the other hand, I suppose it's safer than the trenches.

O, the water!

Hanging out by the river naked always did ME a world of good, even 50 years later than this.

Half Happy

Swimming generally disturbs the fishing and swimming, especially sans suits, in the middle of a bunch of hooks isn't for the faint of heart.

Oh, and 'Cannonball!'?
Don't yell it when you jump in.

Ouch for sure

No swimsuits versus the fish hooks. I think I hooked a big one.

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