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JA

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Great War Souvenir
« on: October 17, 2014, 11:58:37 PM »
Going through some of my dad's stuff (that will of interest to my sons when I am gone), I came across this card sent to him from my grand-dad at the war's end. I wonder how many more of this type of card are still around.



My grandfather was in a hospital in Belgium.



The wee card that came with the large one: Thinking of you.



To Hughie, From Father.

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Re: Great War Souvenir
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2014, 03:28:13 AM »
Going through some of my dad's stuff (that will of interest to my sons when I am gone), I came across this card sent to him from my grand-dad at the war's end. I wonder how many more of this type of card are still around.



My grandfather was in a hospital in Belgium.



The wee card that came with the large one: Thinking of you.



To Hughie, From Father.
thats a Great piece if history!
if yer gonna act the chivo, beware the chupacabra

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« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2014, 09:45:18 PM »
I like these "ephemera" type threads which show items from the past retained by family members. I've one of those in the form of a Christmas card from the trenches, but it isn't a family item. It was rescued from a skip in Manchester. Thank you for showing it, JA.
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Re: Great War Souvenir
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2014, 10:07:22 PM »
Going through some of my dad's stuff (that will of interest to my sons when I am gone), I came across this card sent to him from my grand-dad at the war's end. I wonder how many more of this type of card are still around.



My grandfather was in a hospital in Belgium.



The wee card that came with the large one: Thinking of you.



To Hughie, From Father.
What a great piece of memorabilia to have in your family, thank you for posting.
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JA

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Re: Great War Souvenir
« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2014, 12:28:19 AM »
thats a Great piece if history!

It is Dommo  :),  but the cloth/material is starting to wear-out a bit :(

JA

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Re: Great War Souvenir
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2014, 12:37:25 AM »
I like these "ephemera" type threads which show items from the past retained by family members. I've one of those in the form of a Christmas card from the trenches, but it isn't a family item. It was rescued from a skip in Manchester. Thank you for showing it, JA.
Regards.

Thanks Dargan and jmac.  Dargan it is interesting to know there were other theme-types. I didn't know that O0

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« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2014, 01:50:50 AM »

It is Dommo  :),  but the cloth/material is starting to wear-out a bit :(
aye it probably needs to be in a tinted sealed up box . But it's amazing to think it might have been made by some wee Belgian hussy who was born in the 19th century!
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chi

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Re: Great War Souvenir
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2014, 01:58:41 AM »
Going through some of my dad's stuff (that will of interest to my sons when I am gone), I came across this card sent to him from my grand-dad at the war's end. I wonder how many more of this type of card are still around.



My grandfather was in a hospital in Belgium.



The wee card that came with the large one: Thinking of you.



To Hughie, From Father.

JA I have never seen a souvenir
like this before. I've been to a few
war museums and don't recall seeing
such a treasure. It is priceless and five
generations later a family treasure  :) :-*
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JA

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« Reply #8 on: November 02, 2014, 02:10:36 AM »
aye it probably needs to be in a tinted sealed up box . But it's amazing to think it might have been made by some wee Belgian hussy who was born in the 19th century!

Dommo, Never thought of the wee Belgiun working away on the card, but more on the writing :)

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« Reply #9 on: November 02, 2014, 02:12:10 AM »

Dommo, Never thought of the wee Belgiun working away on the card, but more on the writing :)
yes that's true. It is worth contacting a museum who can advise on preservation.
if yer gonna act the chivo, beware the chupacabra

JA

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« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2014, 02:14:51 AM »

JA I have never seen a souvenir
like this before. I've been to a few
war museums and don't recall seeing
such a treasure. It is priceless and five
generations later a family treasure  :) :-*

chi, I thought they were probably common during the Great War years, or maybe not :-\ 

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« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2014, 02:15:39 AM »

chi, I thought they were probably common during the Great War years, or maybe not :-\
cud be but they've likely all gone.
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JA

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Re: Great War Souvenir
« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2014, 02:16:32 AM »
yes that's true. It is worth contacting a museum who can advise on preservation.

Dommo, Never thought of that. I will start enquiring. Thanks.

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« Reply #13 on: November 02, 2014, 04:20:29 AM »

chi, I thought they were probably common during the Great War years, or maybe not :-\

check out antiques stores
show them your picture. :)

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Re: Great War Souvenir
« Reply #14 on: November 02, 2014, 04:39:55 AM »
JA

It would definitely be worthwhile following Dommo's advice. As they were fairly fragile most haven't withstood the ravages of time or ignorance.
I wasn't very old when my granny died but I do remember that she had a shoebox of very similar cards. Her's I'm sure were from France.

They were I'm afraid like most of her possessions dumped in the bin on her death.

so sad.

sg