Christmas Greetings from the trenches 1914-1918

Today’s post shows images of some of the silk postcards soldiers sent home to their loved ones during the First World War.

WW1 Silk Christmas Card

WW1 Silk Christmas CardWW1 Silk Christmas Card

WW1 Silk Christmas Card

WW1 Silk Christmas Card

WW1 Silk Christmas Card

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6 Responses to Christmas Greetings from the trenches 1914-1918

  1. Andrew Jones says:

    Don’t you get the feeling that these very colourful cards were sent with a great deal more thought and meaning than many of the thousands that have been posted over the last few days? Merry Christmas to all!

  2. the narrator says:

    Some of the messages on the back are heart-breaking. I saw one recently which had a silk embroidery of the allies’ flags on the front and on the back is the message:-

    France 25/12/16
    The flags we are willing to sacrifice our lives for in order that they may continue to float over free peoples. What a tale I will have to tell you all of late, of a Xmas day in the trenches. Fred

  3. Patrick Caseley says:

    I was most interested to see the Christmas Card (one from bottom) as I have the self same copy. It was sent by my paternal grandfather James Caseley to my aunt whilst he was serving with the Royal Engineers in France.
    The back of the card is very faded and I wonder if yours is clearer. I would like to know the wording down the centre of the back, presumably who the printer or publisher was.
    Thank-you very much.
    Patrick Caseley

  4. Nikki Foster says:

    These images are fascinating. I’m looking to do a kids activity this xmas looking at the silk cards that were sent in 1914. Where did you source these images? And if they are yours would you be able to send me them, sorry to be so cheeky!
    Many thanks.

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