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Coronavirus Pandemic - A Message from FCI May 2020
Dear Fan friends,
We are sure that you are all as disappointed as we are that our AGM in Bournemouth in May has of course had to be cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis. Our committee are currently working on ways that we can all be in touch and thinking about fans during this difficult time, and members will be receiving E-mail details very soon.
Meanwhile, we hope you are all keeping well and safe,
All best wishes,
Lorraine & Valerie
Lorraine Taylor Kent Â Â Â Â Valerie Wilson
President Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â FCI Chairman
We are showing some fans above which illustrate the medical situation during the First World War.
Fan 1 shows two beds in a military hospital room where nurses crowd around the wounded in metal beds. Four of their less seriously ill or recovering comrades came to visit them. In the foreground, a French soldier of the African army.
On the rear of Fan 1 is a Red Cross nurse.
Between August 2nd and December 31st 1914, the figures for hospitalisations of combatants in hospitals in unoccupied metropolitan France were staggering: 810,209 wounded and 323,410 sick, or nearly 1,134,000 admissions in five months, an average of 226,800 entries per month. During the same period of time, 310,700 soldiers died, an average of 62,140 deaths per month!
Fan 2 shows a portrait of another Red Cross nurse wearing a blue coat and the veil nurses wore at the time, a reminder of nunsâ€™ historic commitment to the profession.
It is a copy made from a postcard edited by the publisher Lapina in 1915 in its series "European War of 1914-1915 - Patriotic Edition". Subtitled "Devotion", this card reproduces a painting signed by the French painter Henry TenrÃ© (1854 - 1926) "known for his refined genre scenes and his elegant portraits in the style of the Belle Ã‰poque.
Finally, a bit of light relief in the form of a fan commemorating the retirement from medical practice of our current Chairman, and highlighting the benefits of fans to women of a certain age!