We are pleased to announce the launch of our First World War Christmas postcards, exclusively available to buy from Big Heritage, with all profits donated to War Child.
Click the button below to buy now - only £3.00 + P&P for eight cards - all profits donated to War Child - if your organisation would like to purchase bulk orders, please call 0151 378 9685
Although silk embroidered postcards first appeared at the Paris Exhibition in 1900, they reached the height of popularity at the time of the First World War 1914-1918. A unique war-time industry, silk embroidered postcards were created by French and Belgian women to sell as souvenirs to soldiers posted on the Western Front. Strips of silk organza were originally hand-embroidered by women and girls in their homes or at refugee camps, but as demand increased, production was moved to Parisian factories. Batches of embroidered strips were sent for cutting and mounting onto postcards, which were made available to purchase for a few francs each. Hugely popular with British and American soldiers who bought the cards as momentos to send home to loved ones, it is estimated that some 10 million silk embroidered postcards were made.
Images found on the cards include; forget-me-not and pansy flowers, bluebirds, patriotic messages and symbols such as the flags of the allies, regimental crests and badges. These beautiful greetings would have been sent home giving no indication of what the soldiers were experiencing, sparing mothers and wives from the true horrors of war. (Info courtesy of Birmingham City Council).