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  • Object:

    Postcard

  • Place of origin:

    France (printed)
    France (published)

  • Date:

    1915-1918 (printed)
    1915-1918 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Letterpress and half tone letterpress on card

  • Museum number:

    E.401-2008

  • 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 commemorates the death of British nurse Edith Cavell, executed by the Germans in Brussels in 1915 for assisting escaping British soldiers.

Physical description

Postcard in landscape format. Front: painting reproduced in black & white depicting the execution of British nurse Edith Cavell by the Germans in Belgium in 1915, lettered within the image. Back: printed with postcard template, oval photographic portrait of Edith Cavell with an account of her death, and publisher's credit.

Place of Origin

France (printed)
France (published)

Date

1915-1918 (printed)
1915-1918 (published)

Artist/maker

Unknown (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Letterpress and half tone letterpress on card

Marks and inscriptions

'MISS EDITH CAVELL / MURDERED / October 12th 1915 / REMEMBER!''
Lettered within the image

'POST CARD / Miss Edith CAVELL / cowardly murdered / by a German officer / Condemned to death by a military tribunal in / Belgium, under the charge of having favoured / the evasion of British soldiers, miss Edith Cavell, / of Norwich, a voluntary nurse, is taken to the / execution ground on the 12th of October at day- / break. She faints : the German officer gives his / soldiers the order to fire; they hesitate to shoot / on the prostrate body of a woman. The fiend / takes his revolver and leaning upon his victim, deliberately blows her brains out. / REMEMBER! / Laureys, imp. édit., 17, r. d'Enghien, Paris.'
On the back, printed in black

'From box of pcs / donated after PC / exhibition / B3.3'
On the back, handwritten in pencil

Dimensions

Height: 9 cm, Width: 14 cm

Descriptive line

Postcard, letterpress on card, 'Remember!', printed and published in France, World War I, 1915-1918.

Subjects depicted

Nurses; Uniforms; Soldiers; Rifles; War; Executions; Revolvers

Categories

Greeting cards; Propaganda

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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