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  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1914-1918 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

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

  • Museum number:


  • 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 with horseshoes and holly design surrounding toile panel embroidered in coloured silk thread with floral design and greeting. Printed in black and handwritten greeting in pencil on the back.

Place of Origin

France (made)


1914-1918 (made)



Materials and Techniques

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

Marks and inscriptions

'Flowers from France'
Embroidered in blue silk within the design

'To dear Lily & Adeline / with fondest love / from Harold. / October 7th 1917 / xxxx / xxx / B 3. 2'
Handwritten in pencil on the back

'Fabrication Française'
Printed in black on the back


Height: 9 cm, Width: 14 cm

Descriptive line

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

Subjects depicted

Holly; Horseshoes; Flowers; Ornament


Greeting cards; Christmas


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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