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Greeting card

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (printed)
    Britain (published)

  • Date:

    1914-1918 (printed)
    1914-1918 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour half tone letterpress and letterpress printed in grey on card

  • Museum number:

    E.405-2008

  • 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. This propaganda postcard celebrates the alliance with France and Russia.

Physical description

Postcard (landscape format). On the front: colour printed illustration depicting allied servicemen from Britain, France and Russia, with captions under the figures and the legend 'United We Stand'. On the back: postcard template printed in grey.

Place of Origin

Britain (printed)
Britain (published)

Date

1914-1918 (printed)
1914-1918 (published)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Colour half tone letterpress and letterpress printed in grey on card

Marks and inscriptions

'Britain France Russia / UNITED WE STAND'
Lettered within the design

(illegible)
Artist's signature within the design

'POST CARD / Printed in Great Britain / BRITISH MANUFACTURE / This space may be used for Communication / The Address to be written here / Valentine's Series'
On the back printed in grey

(V&A Museum stamp)
On the back printed in black

'B2.7'
On the back handwritten in pencil

'207-1969 / X 825'
On the back, handwritten in black ink

Dimensions

Height: 9 cm, Width: 13.6 cm

Object history note

This postcard formed part of a group transferred from Photographs to Prints for accessioning. In the process of cataloguing them and releasing them from the boards onto which they had been mounted it was discovered some of the postcards had already been numbered with 1969 numbers (now noted in the 'other number' field as 'numbered in error'). When the Photographs accessions register for 1969 was consulted two unrelated groups of material with the same run of numbers was discovered. One of these groups, which included this postcard was credited as being 'Given by Mrs Harrington'. Registry could find no record of a donation from a 'Mrs Harrington'.

Descriptive line

Postcard, letterpress on card, printed and published in Britain, World War I, 1914-1918.

Subjects depicted

Bayonets; Rifles (long guns); Uniforms; Sailors; War; Soldiers; Swords

Categories

Greeting cards; Propaganda; Romance

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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