Australian Imperial Force French Embroidered Silk Postcard (World War I); French...




Australian Imperial Force French Embroidered Silk Postcard (World War I)

About this object

Silk postcard known colloquially as "WWI Silks" were popular between 1914 and 1919. It is estimated that over ten million were manufactured in France and Belgium and sold to soldiers as souvenirs. They were produced in cottage industries primarily by French and Belgian women. Many contain patriotic iconography alongside sentimental words and phrases. They are highly embellished and were most popular among British, American and Australian servicemen in France.


French Cottage Industry

Maker Role


Date Made


Place Made


Medium and Materials

Thread, Ink, Card, Lace

Style and Iconography

Patriotic Flags

Style and Iconography

Sentimental Terms

Inscription and Marks

Embroidered with light blue thread on front of card: Christmas Greetings
Handwritten in black ink on reverse of card: Dear Jess / Daresay you will be surprised / to note I'm over again. / Hope you are all quite well. / Best Love to all, / Good Bye / Harry / France / Nov 1st 1914


Card: 14 cm length x 8.8 cm width

Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

World War I

Subject and Association Keywords


Subject and Association Keywords

Australian Imperial Force


Private Collection

Object Type

Embroidered Postcard

Object number


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