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British Soldiers Dressed Up as American Indians - Happy Halloween!

I can't say for certain when this photograph of these two British soldiers was taken, but I am guessing shortly after WWI. Dressed up as American Indians, they pose with painted faces for the photographer. The "Indian" on the right puts on a fierce face, while his companion looks rather sheepish.

 

What the occasion was for the costumes, I can't say. Perhaps it was for an amateur theatrical perfomance. I'm not sure, but I don't think that dressing up in costume for Halloween in Great Britain was extremely popular at that particular time, but I could be wrong, and Halloween may very well have been the occasion.

 

There is another possibility. In the 1920s at the Tidworth Military Tattoo in England, the King's Royal Rifle Corps put on a "Red Indian Rising" display as part of the program for the thousands of spectators that attended the pageant.

 

Whoever did their wardrobe should have done a little more research. While the laceup shoes of the "Indian" on the left might not have been noticeable from a distance, the sneakers worn by the fellow on the right are DEFINITELY hysterically, historically inaccurate!

 

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Taken on October 24, 2009