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  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    1914-1918 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Blind-embossed card with letterpress and embroidered silk

  • 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 (portrait format). On the front: border blind-embossed with a holly and lucky horseshoes design around silk panel embroidered in coloured silks with a design featuring a country cottage scene in a circular frame ornamented with a spray of pink flowers and lettered Home Sweet Home. On the back: printed in black with postcard template and inscribed in pencil.

Place of Origin

France (made)


1914-1918 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Blind-embossed card with letterpress and embroidered silk

Marks and inscriptions

Lettered within the design, embroidered in blue silk

'H. S. - Modèle déposé'
On the back, printed in black

On the back, handwritten in pencil

'To dear Mother from / Harold souvenir from / France. x x x'
On the back, handwritten in pencil


Height: 13.9 cm, Width: 9 cm

Descriptive line

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

Subjects depicted

Cottages; Flowers; Trees




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