Trench Art was and is a method for soldiers to wile away any extra time between battles and the daily life of a soldier. During the First World War the average soldier spent only 15% of his time fighting. Both civilians and soldiers used it as a way to make some extra money to buy food and the little necessities to improve their lives. Wounded soldiers made many pieces of trench art, in part as away to fill in the long hours of recuperation and as physical and mental therapy. POW's and internees made it to pass the time and to earn some extra money while waiting for the war to end.

After the end of the First World War and up until the start of the Second Would War, a cottage industry of small mom and pop business cropped up selling trench art  at many of the famous battle sites such as Passchendaele and the Somme. At places like these and many of the lesser sites tourists made a pilgrimage to see where their loved ones fought and all too often died. At these locations trench art souvenirs were bought as a reminder of that loss.