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.

Jack Sillar - postcardE A Fox - postcard from France

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.

On deodorants and superfluous hair

The Women’s Department of The Queenslander – 6 December 1919 attracted advertisements that could have dented the self-esteem of any modern woman.  With the exception of a request from the Mitchell Library for the diaries of soldiers returned from World War I, the page is full of products designed to remedy the short-comings of being overweight, having superfluous or grey hair, hysteria, excessive perspiration, lice, ringworm and any number of undefined ‘female’ maladies.