Vintage Photographs of a Pyramid of Captured German Helmets Near Grand Central Circa 1918

Pyramid of German helmets near Grand Central Terminal : black-and-white photoprint, ca. 1918.
Pyramid of German helmets near Grand Central Terminal : black-and-white photoprint, ca. 1918.
Photo: Smithsonian
Closeup of Pyramid
Closeup of Pyramid
Photo: /u/old_idiot

Though kind of macabre, to celebrate the end of World War I in 1918, this massive pyramid was constructed near Grand Central Terminal using the helmets of captured and killed German soldiers. The label on the back of the original photograph says:

"View of the employees of the New York Central / Railroad, assembled in Victory Way, showing the pyramid of captured / German helmets, with Grand Central Terminal in / the background." Two cannons are shown at the left and right.

There must be over a thousand pointed helmets in that stack, and despite all that the Germans did, celebrating the death of that many people just seems wrong.

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