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Love and War - Sweetheart Items in the Museum's Collection

Sweetheart Postcards - Page One

Commercially produced, the first recorded card was sold in Paris in 1900, these cards with a motif and/or message embroidered in silk and mounted onto a card were sold in regimental canteens and similar outlets all along the Western Front.  Bought in their thousands to send home the true golden period of the silk postcard was the First World War!

Cards fall into a handful of categories the main ones being:-

bulletRegimental or Divisional
bulletPatriotic
bulletFrom France or a particular town
bulletTo celebrate a birthday, Christmas or New Year
bulletTo sweethearts, wives, mothers and daughters

Sweetheart Postcards - to sweethearts (1)


"I'm thinking of you"
Accession Number: KO1114/059


Card with 'envelope' design and smaller card for personal message 'Forget me not'
Accession Number: KO1114/054


"I'm thinking of you" sent home by Private Richard Robertson of the 1st Battalion, King's Own.
Accession Number: KO1284/06

  
"I'm thinking of you" with small card 'From a soldier of the King' for personal message  sent home by Private Richard Robertson of the 1st Battalion, King's Own.
Accession Number: KO1284/09


"Yours always"
Accession Number: KO2025/02

Love and War - introduction page
Sweetheart Postcards Page One - to sweethearts (1)
Sweetheart Postcards Page Two - to sweethearts (2)
Sweetheart Postcards Page Three - to wives, mothers and daughters
Sweetheart Postcards Page Four - birthdays, Christmas and New Year
Sweetheart Postcards Page Five - Regimental and Divisional Cards
Sweetheart Postcards Page Six - Patriotic Cards (1)
Sweetheart Postcards Page Seven - Patriotic Cards (2)
Sweetheart Postcards Page Eight - Patriotic Cards (3)
Sweetheart Postcards Page Nine - French themes and towns
Sweetheart Postcards Page Ten - a few more!
 

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