Charlie Chaplin scarecrow, France, during World War I. This rather bizarre and macabre photograph shows two soldiers, identified in the caption as members of a transport unit, laughing at a scarecrow figure dressed as Charlie Chaplin, while a third man has written ‘Our Charlie’ on a rock.
It is quite disturbing because the face appears very lifelike. The ‘scarecrow’ could possibly be a dead man, but it is less unsettling to imagine it is from one of the life-size cardboard cut-out figures used outside cinemas at the time. Charlie Chaplin began his stardom in silent films in 1914, and in 1915 created the ‘Little Tramp’ character he is famous for.