I really like the pose of the automobile driver – everything about him says, "France, 1918." Do you see the girl with the with the white hat again, standing next to her mother? It seems that the soldiers were checking out the town and the citizens were taking a look at the American doughboys. Imagine the conversations that took place or were attempted that day!
To confirm that these photos were indeed of Vivion, France, I turned to Google Earth. I am still amazed with with this piece of technology. I can remember standing in the backyard with my Dad in 1957, watching Sputnik cross the sky, and in the 1980s Dad delighted in showing us the navigation uses of his LORAN – a long range radio navigation system. He was a fast learner on the home computer in it's early days and he saw the coming development of GPS, but he never saw anything like Google Earth.
Google Earth allows earth-bound folks like myself to fly, as if on a magic carpet, and to land wherever one wants to. I decided that since Vivion was a small community I would try to put myself down in the largest intersection in town, go to GE street view and take a look around.
Here's what I found on my first attempt:
Look familiar? Here's a slightly different view:
I had one of the photo confirmed as to place, and I wanted to see if I could locate the other one. I turned my virtual self 90 degrees east, and here's what I saw:
If anyone from Vivoin happens across this blog, I'd be pleased to hear from you.