Historical information

The silk card were created by French women during the First World War. The women would create these in there homes as a way to earn an income during the tuff times. The silk mesh was embroidered by the women and was later sent to factories to be placed on the cards. According to the Australian war memorial website there were 10 million of the cards made between 1914-1919. This card in particular was sent from John (Jack) McIntyre to his mother for her birthday. J. McIntyre served in the first world war, first arrived in Egypt in 1915, then to the Western front in France in July 1916. He was servery injured during his time in France and was sent to the Hospital in England. After the war finished Jack travelled back to Australia and lived in Lara with his brother and sister.


This card is significant as it is a reflection on the communication between families during the First World War. It also is a symbol of the way women in France made their money during the tuff times

Physical description

A birthday card with silk on the front of the card. It has pink flowers stitched into the silk and says 'happy birthday'

Inscriptions & markings

On the front it has 'Happy Birthday" "Remembrance"
On the first page in the inside "Remembrance" "To mother" "From Jack" "France 1918"
On the second page in the inside:
"Wishes are nothing; t'is the heart
That in the few lines dwells
And says to those from us apart
More that the greeting tells"