A Christmas wish

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Surprisingly, from the midst of the horrors of the First World War came one of the prettiest of souvenirs. Embroidered silk postcards were first made at the time of the Paris Exhibition in 1900 and became a popular souvenir between 1914 and 1918.

The postcards were produced in France by French and Belgian women. Panels were hand-embroidered by women and girls at home then sent to factories where they were cut and mounted on to card. The cards provided income for women and were a popular souvenir for soldiers to send home. An estimated ten million embroidered postcards were made during the war.

Generally the postcards were sent through military mail pouches so many of these fragile cards have survived in good condition. Their beauty and link with loved ones ensured that they were treasured by those receiving them.

The postcard, above, was sent from France by Alfred Robert Cassidy to his Aunt Margaret Jeffery in Five Dock in 1916. The sentiments of the card still remain true today.

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Posted on December 15, 2014, in Five Dock, More than just a name and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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