Updated: Tue, 06 May 2014 02:00:00 GMT | By Ian Jones and Maureen O'Hare
Countdown to World War One: how we used to live

What was life like in 1914?



A boat trip by the seaside in St. Anne's, Lancashire, England (© Image: The Francis Frith Collection/Corbis)
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  • A boat trip by the seaside in St. Anne's, Lancashire, England (© Image: The Francis Frith Collection/Corbis)
  • January 1, 1914: Nigeria is formed (© REX/Daily Mail)
  • 5 January 1914: the tallest and shortest women in Europe meet (© Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS)
  • Sakurajima volcano erupts (© Stefano Bianchetti/Corbis)
  • 16 January 1914: French soldiers pose by the dirigible La Liberte (© REX/Alinari)
  • 18 January 1914: Titanic memorial design unveiled (© REX/Everett Collection)
  • January 1914: Members and staff from a workhouse greet the dogs from the Chertsey Hunt (© Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
  • February 1914: Charlie Chaplin's film debut (© AP Photo)
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In the first six months of 1914, few people would have predicted that war - let alone one of the bloodiest conflicts in history - was but a short while away. This gallery uses archive pictures to trace life around the world in the run-up to World War One.

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