In Photos Unpublished for 100 Years, the Joy of War’s End on Armistice Day

Published on 26 May 2024 at 17:32

As crowds gathered in New York, Paris and London, photographers captured the public’s jubilant mood.

The Great War was over. One hundred years ago — just before 3 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918 — The New York Times received the first bulletin of the Armistice, which had been signed aboard a rail car in a small village in Northern France.

After more than four years of fighting, 8.5 million soldiers had been killed, including more than 100,000 Americans, and 7 million civilians were dead.

As news spread of the war’s end, people gathered in parks, streets and town squares, overwhelmed with jubilation on what is now officially celebrated as Armistice Day.

In pictures from New York, Paris and London, The Times chronicled the ecstatic celebrations.

The war had changed the world irrevocably, and these images depict just a small number of the people impacted. No matter their standing in society or role in the war, on Armistice Day they were all celebrating peace.

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