WW1 silk postcard

Contributed by J

During WW1 silk postcards and handkerchiefs were bought as souvenirs by soldiers who were serving on the Western Front. Local French and Belgian women embroidered the different motifs onto strips of silk mesh which were sent to factories for cutting and mounting on postcards. There were two kinds of cards, one was a piece of embroidered silk mounted onto a card and the other was two pieces of silk sewn and mounted to form a pocket to contain a message or a silk handkerchief. It is an example of an industry which appeared as a result of war and must have been a useful source of income for families in France and Belgium.

This card has embossed edging and shows a rural scene with the words "Best Compliments' and Forget-me-not flowers which featured on many cards. It contained the smaller card which says 'Remember' and shows a
battleship (looks like a British Light Cruiser) and the Allied flags:Britain, Italy, Russia, Belgium, France. and the ensign of the Japanese Imperial Army. The reverse has Fabrication Francaise P.R. and Modele Depose printed on it and lines for the address. It has not been used.

Sadly, many of the soldiers who sent these cards did not return home.

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