|A British tank photographed on April 5, 1918. (Mercury Press)|
Now comes a similar story about Bob Smethurst, a trash collector in London. During 36 years on the job, Smethurst picked up an estimated 5,000 photographs, letters and other mementos of World War I. When Smethurst began his work in the 1970s, he noticed that people often discarded wartime pictures and papers, presumably as the veterans of the war died off. He began to take them home.
You can read the full story of his collection and see a sample of the photos here on the website of The Telegraph of London.