Topic: Greetings From the Front (1916)

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This World War I (1914-1918) silk embroidered postcard is from the private collection of Penelope McLeod. At this stage it is not known who the sender A J Hall is.

First created in 1900 for the Paris Exposition, these type of silk embroidered postcards became very popular during World War One and are now commonly known as  'WW1 Silks'. 

Strips of organdy were machine-embroidered with silk by French and Belgian women and girls who were refugees working in their homes and refugee camps. As demand increased, production moved to Parisian factories. The finished strips were cut and mounted on postcards which were either plain or embossed. Some required finishing with hand-embroidery.

The cost of each postcard was just a few francs each and it is estimated that around 10 million silk embroidered postcards were madeMost cards don't feature postage stamps as they were mailed home at no charge to the sender in military mail pouches

Greetings From the Front (1916)

This card features the words 'Greetings From the Front'. In the background can be seen the dramatic remains of a bombed city with flames leaping up into the air. Underneath is embrodered oak leaves and acorns as well as pink flowers and leaves along with the words in blue silk.

Christmas Greetings (Greeting Card - front)

Many  of  the  cards had  the  central portion cut  as  a flap so that a tiny printed greeting card could be inserted in a pocket behind the silk front and the stiff back. Greetings From the Front features a small greeting card with handwriting inside:

With the best of wishes to you & Jack & the children. From somewhere in France & I hope to see you all before summer 1916 & remain yours, A J Hall.

Christmas Greetings (Greeting Card - back) 

 

Sources:

Guide to the Silk Postcard Collection (Australian War Memorial Museum)

Silks (embroidered postcards)

Silk Embroidered Postcards (The Library of Birmingham)

WW1 silk postcard (BBC)

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Greetings From the Front (1916)


Year:1916