british postcards 2
Postcard 1: To Miss L James, Tenby House, Coca Beach, Pontardulais, S Wales
Sunday 21st Mar 1915
Received your two letters last evening and many thanks for same. I really intended replying to same this afternoon but regret unable to do for certain reasons which shall give you in a letter
tomorrow. I regret ... but I feel if any ...... today... Hope I shall be 'Tru Bin' shortly. Love and kisses from your Jack.
Postcard 2: To Miss L James ...
7th July 1915
... ... a ... view the setting seen in the the waters. Beautiful isn't it. Large batter for a letter by the first. An 1uite ... Love from James
Postcard 3: To Miss James
7th July 1915
Just a word to let you know am quite well. What do you think of this. It is a monument in Sainte .... Very massive as you will see and is quite white, it's to the memory of a General, but you can
read the French better than I can explain it. Hope you are quite well ... Love be for you, Jack
Postcard 4: To Miss James
30th October 1916
Just a word or two to let you know I am quite well hope you are enjoying the best of health. Things are still at a standstill here as regards letters dear don't think the boat is leaving tonight
again so you'll have a nice bunch of letters together eh! My very best regards to all .....
Postcard 5: To Miss Eva Packer, 2 Russell Road, Walthamstow, London
My dearest Eva
I think that you are asking for trouble only one small note a week now. What is the reason lots of love Dad
Postcard 6: Mrs Fred Packer, 2 Russell Road
16th Oct 1915
I am anxiously waiting a line from you and sincerely hope the gifs missed the store are you alone yet Love Fred
Postcard 7: Miss Eva Packer
I hope your mouth is better tell son I have not another card but I will not forget him Monday. Kiss mum for me. Your loving Dad.
Postcard 8: Miss Eva Packer
My dearest Eva
I have seen this cathedral from the distance I hope one day to have a look round inside. Goodbye for a time. Dad.
Postcard 9: Miss Eva Packer
11 Jan 1916
My dearest Eva
I am anxiously waiting to hear how you are if you dare to be ill whilst I am out here look out for your self I am waiting for my week end letter. Love Dad.
Postcard 10: Miss Eva Packer
16 Nov 1915
My dearest Eva
I have sent you a very pretty card which I hope you will like. I am anxiously waiting to know if you received the parcel. Love Dad.
Postcard 11: Miss Everline Packer
4 Dec 1915
My dearest Eva
Thanks for your letter I was pleased to hear from you and shall expect you to assist chip whilst son is away you must ask mum to tap my box to see if there is anything left. Love Dad.
Postcard 12: Miss Eva Packer
9 Feb 1916
My dearest Eva
I must ask you what you know about it first I receive blank spaces the long letter then long letter then no letter at all what are you going to do about it. Love Dad
Postcard 13: Miss Eva Packer
5 Feb 1916
My dearest Eva
Glad to hear from you but four long letters are dreadful try smaller ones. I think you will have to admit that my cat won. I will answer your later on. Love Dad.
Postcard 14: Miss Eva Packer
23rd Jan 1916
My dearest Eva
What about Lyon's you will have to let me know what you meant also let me know when you are coming to fetch me. Lots of love Dad.
Postcard 15: Mr J Smith, 3 Heathfield St, Willesden Green, London
27 Aug 1916
Dear L, Thanks for letter which I expect to receive today. Weather still very changeable. Love Fred.
Postcard 16: Miss Whitehouse, 15 Wyecliff Rd, Handsworth, Birmingham
25 April 1916 Heuringham
Just a line to wish you very many more happy birthdays than this one can be. I'm sorry I'm a few days late in writing - but have been pretty busy - we are still in our same old village - miles and miles from the line. Much love S.R.
Note: The name of the place has been cut out on the postcard: Saint Omer (Pas de Calais). This was done possibly by the soldier himself (who knew that it was not allowed to reveal one’s location as this was a danger to the troops) or the censor (see censor’s stamp: field censor 20). Saint Omer was never occupied during the First World War (although close to the front line) but hosted the headquarters of the RFC (Royal Flying Corps) who established themselves there during what is known as the “Race to the Sea”.
Postcard 17: Miss L Rilette [?], 71 Welford Cresc. East, Nottingham
July 4th 1916 France
Dear Miss R
Crossed over last Saturday. Very hot here just now. Am not far from place on front, but moving tonight. Cannot give any address at present. Kindest regards A P (129093 Gnr A Paling)
Postcard 18: Mr R .... New Row, Northallerton, Yorks
9th Aug 1915
D Friend I hope this card finds you well and in the pink as it leaves me at present I like this life up to now and I hope I will have the luck to come back and see you all I aftimes think of you
all and think how you are all going on as I never hear from any of the boys how is the boys going on at farm. remember me to them and all the Boys at the shops and see it some at them will drop
me a few lines I think I have sent nearly all of them a P.C. when I think of there adress I would send all of them one if I had their adress have you got our new fass [?] engine yet or have you
still got the old steamer I guess you will be knocking on in the same old way years behind the times ?? I have scars. .. Leach.
Postcard 19: Mrs M H Wilcoxon, 40 Sudworth Rd, New Brighton, Wallasey, Ches.
9th Oct 1916
Dearest all other
I am very glad you have received the cards alright. They are very pretty. I will try and get some more.
Pleased to hear you enjoyed your holidays. Wish I was having one. When leave starts I hope to be getting mine. Its about time. Your loving son Frank.
Postcard 20: To Mrs G Masters, 42 Beatrice Road, Leicester
Dear wife, Just a few lines to let you know I am quite well and in the best of health. I will write as soon as from you loving Hubby George xxxxxx
Postcard 21: To Mrs F W Andrews, 91 Sulgrave Rd, Hammersmith
Frank to May
Postcard 22: Dear Daisy, Wishing you a Merry Exmas from Gwen xxxxxxxx
Postcard 26: 14/7/1917
Legend: I'm glad they've put no tax (tacks) on these seats!
To Miss Mary Bass, Woodgarth, Abbotsbury, Newton Abbot, Devon
From Sutton Veny Camp
You would no do a thing like this would you? It was a nice p.c. you sent.
I am so sorry about your tooth. Doyer would love to come and play with you again, we did have some fine times didn't we? How is the 'pink coat' getting on?
With love and kisses, Doyer.
Notes: From 1916 an entertainment or amusement tax was imposed on theatres. Theatres had not initially been considered to have a positive effect on the war effort.
To counteract this perception, theatres would offer tickets free to those in uniform and organised patriotic entertainment and collections for war time appeals. The 1915 law on alcohol sales hit
the bar receipts of theatres significantly and the 1916 tax forced an increase in ticket prices.
Sutton Veny village was near to Warminster and Salisbury Plain. As such it was an ideal location to barrack troops prior to
Legend: I can't love a feller what hasn't died for his country!
To Betty Parker, The Collingwood, Ilfracombe, Devonshire
You all look very happy on the p.card.
I hope you are having a good time, and plenty of bathing.
With love, Eva
Postcard 28: 3/9/1914
Legend: Pay Day
Will you please thank Dad and Fred very much for their share in Uncle's Box of Cigars also he ...
Postcard 29: 5.11.1914
Legend: Rule Britannia!
Our hearts are with our sailor lads,
Whose motto's "Do or die!"
And Britain's boast, our grand Navy,
Will bring us victory.
To Mrs Thomas, 290 Hoe Street, Walthamstow, Essex
My dear Fleda
I hope top leave Liverpool Street about 2.30 on Saturday. I am looking forward to see you all again. Will tell you all news on Saturday. Much love to you all. From Bessie.
Postcard 30: 24.12.1914
To Miss Betty Parker
290 Hoe Street
Postcard 32: 24.12.1914
To Miss Betty Parker
290 Hoe Street
Postcard 33: 24.12.1914
Postcard 34: 24.12.1914
Postcard 35: 13.8.??
Legend: Little Pet
Tralee, Westcliff, Bournemouth
Dear Betty, I intended writing you on Sat but hadn't time. I came down Saturday and its lovely today out. Smith spent the morning on the sands. I'm ?? afraid Mrs Bach spoils ??. Lots of love Auntie.
Postcard 36: 30/10/14
Legend: Admiral Sir J Jellicoe KCVO
290 Hoe St. Walthamstow, Essex
My dear Fleda, Very many thanks for letter received this morning. I will come for the week end Saturday week November 7th.It will save any trouble in case you do not know in time. Very sorry to
hear about Clive. Will tell you all news next week. Much love to you all, Bessie
Note: Admiral Jellicoe was commander of the British Grand Fleet at the Battle of Jutland in 1916. Although this engagement was successful in keeping the German fleet blockaded in port, some were
critical that no decisive victory was achieved.
Postcard 37: 14th January 1915
290 Hoe Street
Legend: It's a long, long way to Tipperary.
So sorry dear to hear you have been laid up with the flue. Glad you are recovering and hope you will soon be quite better and that all the others will escape.
Much dear love to all from Flo.
Notes: the song "It's a Long, Long Way to Tipperary" was allegedly written for a 6 shilling bet in 1912 and performed at a local music hall in Stalybridge. Daily Mail correspondent George Curnock saw an Irish regiment singing this song as they marched through Boulogne in August 1914. The song was quickly picked up by other units of the British Army and in November of the same year recorded by the famous tenor, John McCormack.
Postcard 38: 18.1.1915
290 Hoe Street, Walthamstow
How very kind of you and Olive to send me such a lovely H.D.C. [??] I do like it so much and send you both many many thanks for it. Please thank Betty for the gloves. I will try to write soon
dear. But we had to call for the Dr yesterday morning for Mrs F. Septic poisoning in hee thumb so I know you will ?? more now. Do hope you are better much ??
Postcard 39: May 26th 1915
I send you this Birthday Greeting
Upon this happy day.
May Health, Wealth and Happiness
Attend on you alway.
To Olive Thomas, 290 Hoe Street, Walthamstow
With love, Auntie Flo
Note: The use of the symbol
of a pig to represent good luck originated in Germany and is found in popular art in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Postcard 40: 1st June 1915
Legend: Many Happy Returns
May the Hours fall lightly
as petals from the flowers
and each new Birthday
be filled with joyous hours.
To Mrs Thomas, 290 Hoe Street, Walthamstow
with love from Flo
Postcard 41: 1 June 1915
Legend: Many Happy Returns of Your Birthday
To Mrs Thomas, 290 Hoe Street, Walthamstow
Wishing dear Mother many, many happy returns of the day with love from Olive
Postcard 42: 26 July 1915
Legend: A Happy Birthday
To Miss Betty Parker, 290 Hoe Street, Walthamstow
A very very happy birthday dear and many many happy returns. Hope you still like the little bag. Much dear love from Auntie Flo.
Postcard 43: 30 August 1915
To Mrs Thomas, Wave Crest, Marine Drive, Paignton
So delighted to have your P.C. and to know you had arrived safely and like the place. the views you sent were very pretty. ?? says it looks quite different to what it was when they were there
several years ago. I got a scare when I had your letter. to know you had a raid at W[althamstow]. What a narrow escape of life you all had for which I was thankful dear love.
Note: On 17-18 August 1915, four Zeppelins attacked London. Only one reached London proper but confused the line of the River Lea for the Thames. As a result it cropped its bombs on Walthamstow and Leytonstone. The first bomb fell at 22.32 on Lloyd Park. Numerous streets were then bombed including Hoe Street. Ten people were killed and 48 injured. Damage to property was estimated at £30,750.
Postcard 44: 5 September 1915
Legend: All the latest views from Paignton:
To Mrs Betty Parker, "Ingledell", Totteridge nr High Wycombe, Bucks
Dear Betty, Thanks for your P.card and did Uncle bring Sylvia down today? if so hope you have had a nice day together. We are going home tomorrow. soon holiday soon over. Much love from Auntie.
Postcard 45: 23 Dec 1915 (Harwich)
Pre-printed: Panel Greeting Card
This card can be sent Halfpenny Packet Post provided there are no more than five written words (formulas of courtesy or of conventional character).
Postcard 46: 8 Apr 1915
To Miss Norman, Hoe Street, Walthamstow
Dear Olive, thank you for the easter egg. With love from Willie
Postcard 47: 18 Apr 1910?
Master Rowland Hood, Meiston, Chichester, Sussex
Darling Peter, Millie sends her love and thanks you for the P.C. She is still in bed and has a bad headache. Ask Auntie Sybil to have your hair cut. Love Mummy
Postcard 48: 20 May 1915
Miss Thomas, 290 Hoe St, Walthamstow
Dear Olive, This is to wish you Many Happy Returns of the Day (29th) With love and best wishes from Ethel.
Postcard 49: 24 September 1916 (Military stamp)
Legend: A kiss from France
To Betty with kind regards from M.
Postcard 50: 17 January 1918
To Miss Olive Thomas, 144 High Street, Walthamstow
It was so kind of you darling to send me the very pretty pair of gloves. I do like them. Thank you very much. Also for your dear little note and good wishes. You begin to write very nicely
and I do like having a little letter from you. When is mother going to have your photo taken? Much dear love dearie and many kisses from Auntie Flo.
Postcard 51: 16th Aug 1917
To Miss B Parker, Ingledall, Totteridge
Sylvia's address 62 George St, Ryde, I.W.
Lots of love I wish you and Sylvia were here. Regards to father.
Postcard 52: 24 August 1917
Miss Betty Parker, at "Ingledell" Totteridge
Dear Betty, We are off home tomorrow and will you tell Dad we can't come on Sunday but will write or phone him during the week. hope ........................ safely. still having nice weather. its terribly rough here we can't sit on the sands so had to go into the gardens. Much love from Auntie.
Postcard 53: 13th August 1917
Miss Betty Parker
N. High Wycombe
Legend: I see your Tommy's back dear Lady
I hope you are having a jolly good time also that you are keeping well. Please remember me to father and Fred.
Yours F Smith
Notes: The artist Agnes Richardson (1885-1951) studied at the Lambeth School of Art. She produced illustrations for children's books, greetings and postcards for many years. From 1912 she also designed posters for the London underground.
Postcard 54: 17th August 1917
Legend: He loves me not
To Miss Betty Parker, Ingledell, Totteridge
Dear Betty, very many thanks for your letter and so sorry the weather is so changeable how very early Dad gets up, I shall certainly have to tell Uncle. Lots of love from Auntie
Postcard 55: 28 January 1915
Legend: Army Service Corps - History and Traditions
To Master Reginald Cox-Newton, Lyndhurst, 20 Salisbury Drive, Sedgley Park, Prestwick, Manchester
Dear Reggie, I hope you are very well. This is a description of the Army Service Corps to which Uncle Jack belongs (Civil Staff).
If you will write a letter sometime I will reply to it and tell you what news will interest you. J...
Legend: Give Tommie his choice
And which would it be
A "Stripe" on his Arm
Or a "W.A.A.C." on his knee.
Note: The Women's Army Auxiliary Corps was formed in 1917 as the number of men available for military service declined and it became clear that there were
non-combat roles within the military that women could take on.
Legend: I'm lonely without a line from you.
16th August 1918 Lanc.
Our sergeant looks more like a Colonel,
Any weakness he has, aint 'intolonel'
When he whispers 'Eyes Right!'
Lor! He gives one a fright.
And his language is simply 'infolonel'.
Mr T Wilding
33 Rigby Street South
off new Hall Lane
I could not write to you any sooner as I did not leave Preston till Wednesday afternoon. Put two good days work in Monday and Tuesday. Hope you have had a good time at Camp. Also hope your Maggie has enjoyed herself. Yours to a cinder. Seeton.
Notes: This a cartoon by FG, Fred Gothard. At the beginning of his career he also worked as a bank clerk and remained in the banking industry throughout his life. he produced a series of postcard illustrations in 1916; he was conscripted in 1917 but continued drawing. Teasing aspects of the army was one of his specialities
Legend: For Valour
Miss Aimsburg, c/o Mrs Schefeld
45 Keswick Road
August 11th 1916 Saturday
Hope you are having better weather that we are.
Notes: Joyce Averill was an artist who specialised in drawings of children in patriotic scenes. In this scene she seems to have depicted a child looking at the reverse of a Victoria Cross, the highest military award for bravery.
Legend: Joined Up
Note: A E Kennedy was a prolific illustrator of children's books in the first half of the 20th century.
Legend: Ships of the Fleet
23rd October 1914 Plymouth
S Barclay Perkins Esq
H.M. Office of Works
3 Central Bldgs
3 Grand Parade
I expect you know the above address and position. P & D are not beautiful town by any means but the country around and Mkt Edgecombe seem very pretty. How are dists .6.7.+8. There are a few warships here they come and go the Benbow, Prince Geo and Euryalis amongst the present ones. Love to all at 3 C Bldgs.
Notes: At the beginning of WWI Britain had by far the largest navy of the warring nations. However, although a significant phase of modernisation has taken place under First Sea Lord Fisher with the introduction of the Dreadnought series of battleships in 1906, technology advanced rapidly and at the outbreak of war German capital ships, although fewer in number were often more advanced. The pictures on the postcard show some of the principle British ships that fought at the Battle of Jutland and were based at Scapa Flow in the Orkneys.
Postcard 65: 22 January 1919 (Military censor)
Legend: Bonn Bahnhof (Railway Station)
To Miss Cissue Storie, Albert House, Jedburgh, Scotland
From Daddy from Bonn.
Note: After the November 1918 Armistice Allied troops marched into Germany. It was only in March 1919 that an official British army of occupation was formed, the British Army on the
Postcard 66: 8th October 1914
Legend (in French): Soldat Hindou, le Guerre 1914 - actualite mondiale, Lausanne
To Miss May ??, 19 Carlyle Square, Chelsea, London SW
Dear Mary, Many thanks for the news papers they did make us so much pleasure. Please send us some more if you can. Where are you? We still hope the best for the allies - as you see we are mostly interested in all of what concerns. We send you our best, yours ......
Note: Follow this link for information about the participation of the Indian Army 1914-18
Postcard 67: 22nd February 1913
Postcard 68: 22 December 1916 (Portsmouth)
To Master I Le Sautecq
7 Dunell Road
St Saviours, Jersey
Dear Teddie and Harold, Thank you very much for your pretty card. Mum will write soon. Lots of love from Willie and Phillie.
Legend: The Germans make Sausages and we'll skin 'em.
Message: Dear Bettie
To wish you a very happy Christmas
Notes: German sausage production in WWI was badly hit by the demand for the potential sausage casings to be used in the manufacture of airships - 'Zeppelins'. Each airship represented up to 33 million sausage casing. This in turn represented the product of the guts of 250,000 cows for each Zeppelin.
The collection of cow guts was highly organised in Germany. Each butcher was required to deliver the ones from the animals he killed. Agents exercised strict control in Austria, Poland and northern occupied France, where it was forbidden to make sausages.
The intestines were washed and stretched to produce a parchment-like material called "goldbeater's skin." Unlike other materials, such as rubberised materials, which the Germans investigated, only the processed intestines were able when overlaid and wetted to create a seal tight enough to contain hydrogen atoms.
In another strange twist, Konrad Adenauer, as mayor of Cologne in WWI, researched ways of replacing scarce commodities such as meat in the diet. As the British blockade of German imports began to bite, he experimented with vegetarian ingredients and finally hit upon soy as key. His sausage was dubbed the Friedenwurst or 'peace sausage.' However, Adenauer was unable to get a patent for the new food product because under German regulation, a sausage had to contain meat.
It fell to Britain to finally grant the soy sausage a patent on 26th June 1918.