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1915 Rotogravure World War I Arras France Ruins Hotel de Ville Town Hall YNY2

1915 Rotogravure World War I Arras France Ruins Hotel de Ville Town Hall YNY2

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"Arras, Despoiled, but Still French"

This is an original 1915 sepia rotogravure with four images of the French town of Arras, the scene of much fighting during World War I. Note the before and after images of the Hôtel de Ville or town hall of Arras in the bottom left corner.


This 99+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. No creases. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. There is printing on the verso. Please note that the white spots in the top and bottom margins are just reflections on the digital image -- they are NOT on the item.

  • Product Type: Original Rotogravure; Sepia
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 10.25 x 15.5 inches; 26 x 39 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Period Paper is pleased to offer a collection of historic rotogravures from the first years of World War I. This global conflict, known as the Great War (and sometimes as "The war to end all wars"), was centered in Europe beginning 28 July 1914 and lasting until 11 November 1918, and ultimately involved all the worldÕs great powers and cost millions of lives.

About Rotogravure: Rotogravure is a printing method using a rotary press with intaglio cylinders which allows for very high quality halftone reproductions to be printed at high speed on inexpensive paper stock. Newspapers, beginning with The New York Times, were able to make effective use of this technology, and many published regular rotogravure pictorial sections in their publications during the early 20th century.

Photography by Paul Thompson.