embroidered postcards from a place of war

Here are two stories of correspondence between soldiers and home. One of a father reporting receipt of a letter and “two of the most beautiful postcards [one with] silk embroidered pansies and other flowers hand embroidered on muslin”.  The other is a postcard sent as a thank you note for tobacco sent from a comforts fund in South Australia.

Via The Dubbo Liberal and Macquarie Advocate – 31 July 1917 and The Bunyip (Gawler SA) – 1 November 1918 respectively.

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The Powerhouse Museum in Sydney has a collection of the French cards that you can view here.

WWI embroidered postcard

Nearly 100 years ago, this postcard was embroidered and then purchased by a soldier to send home to loved ones.  Stretcher bearer George Elliott mailed it to his parents.  He was killed at Messines Ridge in France in 1917.


library and museum blogs – finds worth the browse

Trove Australia provides access to thousands of articles, pictures, photographs, book references, maps, diaries and more.  The digitised newspaper collection was the inspiration for establishing this blog.

If you ever doubted the value of libraries (and I sincerely hope that none of this blog’s readers fall into this category), take a stroll through the internet for the wealth of material that gets shared via the blogs of libraries, museums and galleries across Australia.

A  quick browse this morning unearthed these treasure troves.

Who were the first retailers in Fortitude Valley in Brisbane?    The John Oxley Library blog.

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What was the first state funeral ever held in Australia?    State Library of Victoria – Such Was Life blog.

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Why a duck, Michael Leunig?    State Library of Victoria – Arts blog.

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What was the meaning of embroidered floral postcards sent back from the front in World War I?   Australian War Memorial blog.

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What sort of toys did children play with in the 1940s in country Australia? – Powerhouse Museum, Sydney – Inside the Collection blog.

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