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2010/19/1 Greeting cards (13), World War I silks, paper / card / hand embroidered silk, owned and used by Samuel and Lizzie Taylor, Paris, France / New South Wales, Australia, World War I, 1914-1918. Click to enlarge.

Greeting cards from France, World War 1

Made by in France, Europe, 1914-1918.

Cards like this are important examples of personal communication from the the First World War. As indicated by a handwritten note accompanying the cards, they were sent by a soldier named Samuel Taylor in France to his wife, Lizzie Taylor in Australia, and are a reminder of the national sentiments that were common at the time. The correspondence is very formal, reflecting both the time, and perhaps the level of education of the soldier. The fact that they were preserved as treasures within a fam...

Summary

Object No.

2010/19/1

Object Statement

Greeting cards (13), World War I silks, paper / card / hand embroidered silk, owned and used by Samuel and Lizzie Taylor, Paris, France / New South Wales, Australia, World War I, 1914-1918

Physical Description

Thirteen greeting cards in the form of postcards, each decorated with hand-embroidered silk thread on an open-weave silk panel. A pattern or scene is embroidered in coloured thread and mounted on backing card, held in place by a paper border. Ten of the cards have a small flap, forming an envelope, several with small greeting cards inside. Three of the cards have a message in pencil handwritten on the back.

Production

Made

France, Europe 1914-1918

Notes

These greeting cards, or World War I silks as they are commonly known, were produced in France by French and Belgian women between 1914 and 1918. The panels were finished in factories where they were cut and mounted onto card. The cards usually have no postage, as they were mailed in Military Mail pouches.

History

Notes

These greeting cards were donated to the Museum along with a hand written note from the donor, 'enclosing very special cards that have come into my possession' and a page from a notebook with the two names: Samuel Taylor, passed away 1971, aged 84 years and Lizzie Taylor, passed away 1972, aged 86 years.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Margaret Cowan, 2010

Acquisition Date

8 April 2010

Cite this Object

Harvard

Greeting cards from France, World War 1 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 21 November 2019, <https://ma.as/396753>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/396753 |title=Greeting cards from France, World War 1 |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=21 November 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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