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Coffee Stained Pin up.

This is a wonderful postcard that could have been overlooked because of the coffee stains, I can imagine a German soldier, perhaps sheltering in a dugout, drinking coffee, being uplifted by her beauty and giving the will to overcome the terrible conditions at that time. This is portrait of  Henny Porten, who was a German actress and film producer of the silent era, and Germany’s first major film star.  She appeared in more than 170 films between 1906 and 1955. Many of her earlier films were directed by her husband Curt A. Stark, who died during World War I on the Eastern Front in 1916.     Henny Porten (German Actress)

In 1921, she remarried to Wilhelm von Kaufmann. When the Nazis took power, she famously told Hitler where he could go to when he castigated her for being married to a Jew,  when she refused to divorce her Jewish husband she found that her career (while doing twelve films a year ), dissolved immediately.  When she resolved on emigration, she was denied an exit visa to prevent a negative impression.  She made ten films during the Nazi era. Her placid and reassuring persona helped calm audiences confronted with Allied bombardment. In 1944, after an aerial mine destroyed her home, she and her husband were out on the streets, as it was forbidden to shelter a full Jew.

Frieda Ulricke “Henny” Porten (7th January 1890 – 15th October 1960)


Army Life 1943 -1944

My late father Joe Pharo served in the East Surrey Regiment in Kenya & Nairobi, South Africa, during WW2. He was based at a large army supply depot and was away from any wartime action. Dad is on the far left of the group.


He enjoyed drawing cartoons and these are the ones he drew to show what life in the army was like for himself and his colleagues.

ARMY (1)

Dinner is served.

ARMY (2)

Wash-House Capers.

ARMY (3)

A Cook house in the rainy season.

ARMY (4)

Playing Housey Housey (Bingo) in their spare time.

ARMY (5)

Celebrating Boxing Day 1943.

ARMY (6)

What price Africa.

A picture speaks a thousand words. These drawings give a wonderful insight of life in the army, hope you enjoyed looking at my Fathers cartoons.