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Postcard

  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1914-1918 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Blind-embossing and letterpress on card, and silk embroidery on toile

  • Museum number:

    E.413-2008

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 68, box G

By the early 20th Century greetings postcards had overtaken folder cards in popularity as they were cheaper to post. A ban on Christmas cards to conserve supplies of paper was mooted during the First World War but the idea was abandoned in the interests of maintaining the troops' morale. A thriving market in embossed and embroidered postcards grew up in France for servicemen from both sides in the conflict to send home to loved ones.

Physical description

Postcard in landscape format with blind-embossed border surrounding toile panel embroidered in coloured silk thread with floral design and greeting. Printed on the back in black.

Place of Origin

France (made)

Date

1914-1918 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Blind-embossing and letterpress on card, and silk embroidery on toile

Marks and inscriptions

'Sweet Remembrance'
Embroidered in blue silk within the design

'Carte Postale - Postcard / CORRESPONDANCE / ADRESSE / M / VISE Paris et Exportation J. S. Paris - Déposé'
On the back, printed in black

'C25329'
On the back, bottom left corner, handwritten in black ink

Dimensions

Height: 9 cm, Width: 13.9 cm

Descriptive line

Postcard, embroidered, France, World War I, 1914-1918.

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Ornament

Categories

Embroidery; Greeting cards

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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