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Embroidered Postcard

From the Collection of Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch 1 Victoria Parade Wangaratta Victoria

Description
White rectangular postcard with embroidered pink flower and green foliate decoration on front. Handwritten message on the back.
Size
14 x 9 cm
Object Registration
207.1
Keywords
wwi, postcard, embroidered postcard, paris depose, fabrication francaise
Historical information
Postcard from WWI soldier William West (1268) of the 29 Infantry Battalion, 5th Pioneers Battalion while posted in France was sent to his wife at home, 1917.
When Made
c. 1917
Significance
Embroidered silk postcards were first made in 1900 for the Paris Exposition. The popularity of silk postcards peaked during the First World War 1914 - 1918.They were mostly embroidered by French women in their homes and then sent to the factories for cutting and mounting on cards. Many of the cards were illustrated with patriotic symbols, flags, slogans, or sentimental texts. During the First World War, many Allied officers and soldiers based in France sent silk embroidered postcards to their loved ones back home
Inscriptions & Markings
Front: "From your husband" (embroidered)
Back: "Write soon / Best Love / to West / do not forget to / send that / France / Jan 23/1/1917 / My Dear Alice / Just a P.C. to let you know I'm still well and hope you are all the same Best love / to all from Will xxxxxxxxxxxxx"
Last updated
25 Jan 2019 at 3:41PM