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Two powerful photographs that say more than words ever could.

The expression “A picture paints a thousand words” originated from a newspaper article that appeared in 1911.

The article was written by editor Arthur Brisbane and was a discussion about journalism and publicity.

“Use a picture. It’s worth a thousand words,” Brisbane said in the article.

He was making a clear-cut case for the use of images to accompany stories.

Reverend Ralph Thornley sent me these photographs below. They in turn had been sent to him by Peter Napier.

The first photograph shows a battalion of the Cameron Highlanders in 1914, prior to being dispatched to the front line.

The second photograph is of the same battalion upon their return in 1918 after the Armistice. These photographs do indeed paint a thousand words.

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