> > Difficult to imagine that at the same time this was > published millions were > > dying on the battle fields... > > Imagine a woman waiting daily if her sweetheart may come > back from the > fields. Guess she don't want to be remembered over and > over again as she > KNOWS that there is war. So she will look at a picture like > this, > dreaming of better times. People needs idyll in hard times > and there is > an industry that mirrors that dreams. This picture symbols > the hope for better times. > > Easier to understand this way?
No. Unfortunately, a full answer to this question will deviate from this list's stated topic of Classi Lightweight bicycles. The quick answer is that the advert is the product of society which wished to appear as "normal" despite being occupied by a foreign power, despite being ruled by collaborators, and despite being surrounded by a world in turmoil.
Now, in no way do I want to start any sort of "flame war", any sort of anti-French thread, any sort of anti-German thread, any sort of anti-anything thread, or any sort of thread that doesn't pertain to Classic Lightweight bicycles.
So please... any all words of assent, dissent, "flames", attacks and even words of support can be sent to me off-list. :-)
Fred Rednor - Arlington, Virginia (USA)