9th August 1917, Card to Connie

This flash of colour was tucked in the grey, drab bundle of letters. It's difficult to tell when it was sent as there's no date or postmark. It must have been included with one of the letters and the content suggests that it must have been sent about this time. I admit to taking a liberty by implying the precise date.The little card was inserted in behind the flap in the muslin front.

Connie would be about 8 when it was written. Willie would have been approaching 18 months. Connie was being brought up as Willie's big sister.

I am now convinced that Connie was Kate's illgitimate daughter. Further evidence came to light which I'll post in the next few days.

The "silk cards" were very popular during the war. Many were sent home from the front. Most were hand embroidered by refugees and displaced persons.

"A souvenir from France" is slightly misleading. As far as I can tell, Harry was in Belgium. He never spent any time in France. "Souvenir!" Would he really want to remember this expedition?


Anonymous said...

The silk card was very interesting. My great uncle had sent his sister, my grandmother, one similar to this while he was in France in 1919.
I had never seen another like it until I saw yours. I have posted a picture of mine on the Iowa Great War site.

Anonymous said...

I have about 3 of these post cards that my wife's grandfather sent home during WWI and am amazed at the beauty and quality of them.

Richard Driver