Hand crafted Embroidered ‘Happy Birthday’ card and envelope

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Embroidered postcards from WW1 represent wonderful examples of art from the period. The majority of embroidered postcards from World War One were produced between 1914 and 1918 and featured many different designs. Generally up to 25 were embroidered by hand onto silk mesh strips, usually by French or Belgium women working at home or in refugee camps. They were then sent to factories to be cut and mounted on postcards.

Many of the themes are patriotic and feature British, French and American flags, symbols and greetings. Some of these cards had a central pocket and flap so that a small printed greeting card could be inserted. One of the most popular was “To my dear Mother”.

They became extremely popular with British soldiers fighting in Europe and are excellent examples of front-line patriotic art, quite unique to this specific period in history. Most cards were mailed home in a small envelope and they became treasured mementos from a loved one at the front.

It has been estimated that as many as 10 million handmade cards were produced during the wartime period.