1914-1918 : The occupation

Town Crier

Men, women and children gather to hear a public crier in Schaerbeek. This trade, which had already disappeared from the streets before the war and only persisted in remote towns, returned to Brussels with the German occupation. Walking with their bell, they proclaimed news from one square to another. In this way, they communicated official proclamations, but also practical information, like the price of the fish at the Halles. An information channel which replaced another, since the pre-war press had been dismantled.