Is this the vindictive and vivacious V with a vendetta in disguise and on the prowl in the French capital from many decades ago?
The photograph, taken by an unknown photographer, was featured in Het Leven, an illustrated magazine which circulated in The Netherlands from 1906 to 1941. A rough translation of a post on The Memory of the Netherlands website tells us that the subject of the photo above was most likely an impoverished member of the French royal family who wore a Guy Fawkes-esque mask to hide his identity. He looks stunningly similar to V, the title character of the 2005 action thriller V for Vendetta don’t you think?
Now that we mentioned V for Vendetta, it will be a handful of months more before we once again say “Remember, remember the fifth of November…” but nevertheless, if you’d like to find out what really happened on that day, we’ve got the answer for you right here!
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