Amongst the items on the brocante dealer's stand was a wooden frame with an image of a little girl holding flowers. As I admired the hand carved wooden frame, the dealer asked me, "Are you a collector of "Poilus objects" ?" Looking up, I gave him a look that indicated that I had no idea what he was talking about.
"Poilus?" I asked, "I know it has something to do with facial hair... but other than that, I don't have a clue as to what Poilus objects are."
The dealer went on to tell me that "Poilus" were infantrymen during WWI (1914-1918) who while in the trenches made small crafts for their loved ones as they endure life in the trenches.