First World War Postcards
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Picture Postcards from ww1
During the Great War, when the only means of communicating news to the masses was by newspapers and weekly illustrated magazines, the ‘war’ or 'military' picture postcard with its often colourful image and printed message or caption, was a welcome means of personal communication for many people.
In Britain, cards that showed the effect the war was having on the
home front were frequently on sale in the shops - within days of an ‘incident’
Before the outbreak of the First World War, the trade in picture postcards was firmly established with numerous categories and themes available. People purchased them, not just to convey messages to friends and relatives but also to collect and save the cards in special albums.
erupted in August 1914, picture postcards were already the perfect medium to
provide a link between the men on active service and their families and friends
Throughout the war, postcard publishers, printers, photographers and artists helped to boost the morale of the people both at home and the troops on the war fronts.
Click the above link to view some of them.
The newsagents W.H. Smith displayed
numerous categories of war related cards in the postcard racks of its 2,000
shops. In addition, booksellers, cinemas, corner shops, stationary stores, newspapers,
public houses, haberdashery stores, post offices and branches of Boots the
Chemist and numerous other commercial outlets sold war related cards to the public.
By 1915, ‘war
cards’ were also been displayed and offered for sale in the thousands of
YMCA canteens and rest huts in military training camps at home and on the Western Front
During the first weeks of the Great War a number of wounded Belgian soldiers were evacuated to military and Red Cross hospitals in the UK. M. Emile Collette, was one of those who learned that his soldier son was missing in Belgium and was perhaps now in England. So he set out to find him.
By November 1914, M. Collette had arrived in England and set up his base in the Salisbury Hotel in London. He had a number of special postcards printed and in a desperate bid sent them to hospitals in southern England requesting any news of his son.
However, an average price would be £3-£5 for the majority of ww1
postcards. As an example, this would be the price range for most of the
176 cards in The Daily Mail War Postcards series - which are extremely popular, well worth collecting and still available in reasonable numbers.
This eBook, The Daily Mail Official War Postcards is an informative 80-page illustrated book which looks at this extraordinary series of 176 ww1 picture
postcards. There are many illustrations.
Included in the download are three FREE books relating to the association, its work and its leaders.