World War I Postcard Collection

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World War I Postcard Collection

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Digitised collection of a selection of World War I postcards held in the Rare Books Collection, Monash University Library. Many of these post cards have come from a bound album of an unidentified person, which appears to have been put together by a young Australian when on tour in Europe in 1911-1918. It consists mostly of published postcards of European places and war scenes that have been sent home from serviceman. The remainder of this digital collection are cards collected individually. The publishers include J. Beagles & Co. (London), A. R. (Paris), Vise (Paris), and The Daily Mirror (Canada). It includes subjects of Victory parades, troops, Nurse Edith Cavell's funeral procession, soldiers, German prisoners, battlefields, and war ravaged cities. Additionally there are several representations of silk post cards.

Items in the World War I Postcard Collection

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The tank that broke the ranks

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A tank in action

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Ypres after two years of war
Tourists who knew Ypres and its Rue de Lille in the days of peace can best appreciate the awfulness of its fate in the war

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WWI postcard: image 3 of 12

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Guerre 1914-1915: bataille de Champagne (25-30 Sept 1915)
Les prisonniers faits le 2 jour de l'offensive passant par Saint-Etienne du Temple pour Être dirigés sur des camps de concentration. Leur nombre total pendant l'offensive se monte a environ 22 000. German prisoners captured during the second day…

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Ypres (Belgigue): un obus de 420 a crevé la rue et fait apparaitre une dérivation du canal
Message on card reads "France 1/7/16 Dear Winnie, Have not had a mail for a long time the boys are becoming restless about it, we are inclined to thnk it has been sunk. I expect to hear from Clyde soon as he should be near England now; he will have…

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Ruins d'Ypres: La Salle Echevinale après le bombardement
Message on card reads "France 9/5/18 Dear Win, Here is some more statuary for you. I have written this letter on my knee and consequently have not given much news but I know you will understand. "C'est la guerre" says the Frenchman (they blame…

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Ypres: Le Nieuwerek avant et après le bombardement
Adressed to Miss W. Lester, "Byrne", Railway Road, Caulfield, Victoria, Australia. Message on card reads "O.A.S. France 29/11/17 Dear Win, You will think I send you nothing but ruins but they are the only cards worth sending about here. Yours Stan"

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La Grande Guerre 1914-1917: Le Village de Marquivillers (Somme)
Adressed to Miss W. Lester, Railway Road, Caulfield, Victoria, Australia. Message on card reads "O.A.S. France 4/2/17 Dear Winnie, Just a card to let you know I have not yet frozen though I am pretty close to it. Weather is very bleak. Yours Stan"

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Etaples (P.-de-C.): Marchande de Poissons
Adressed to Miss W. Lester, Railway Road, Caulfield, Victoria, Australia. Message on card reads "France 4/2/17 Dear Winnie, I haven't yet seen the beautiful women that France is noted for yet. No doubt they are to be found somewhere. Yours…

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Cayeux: Le Canot des Bains et Baigneurs
Adressed to Miss W. Lester, "Byrne", Railway Road, Caulfield, Victoria, Australia. Message on card reads "France 4/12/16 Dear Win, I would rather give you ten pounds than be with the crowd swimming today, it is terribly cold. Yours Stan"

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Rouen: Les Quais - Vue prise du Transbordeur
Adressed to Miss W. Lester, Railway Road, Caulfield, Victoria, Australia. Message on card reads "France 13/1/17 Dear Winnie, Just a card to let you know I am quite right again. I am going to the base. Yours Stan"

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Denton Hall, Ben Rhydding
Message on card reads "This place was the residence of the Fairfax families in Cromwell's time. The Postmaster General lives there at present."

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River Mersey Devonport

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Heliopolis: Mosquee
Adressed to Miss W. Lester, Railway Road, Caulfield, Victoria. Message on card reads "Dear Winnie, Just a line to let you know I am well waiting patiently for a line it will come soon I hope. Yours sincerely, Stan. Egypt 8/1/16 Write soon Win"

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WWI postcard album: image 161 of 178
Message on card reads "July 26th. 1923 Age 8."

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Amiens: La Bibliotheque
Adressed to Miss W. Lester, Railway Road, Caulfield, Victoria, Australia. Message on card reads "O.A.S. Belgium 9-9-17 Dear Winnie, You will think I can get nothing but cathedral cards but I know that you like such works of art, do you not? Sincerely…

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Bruxelles Place Surlet de Chockier: "La Belgique repoussant la vague envahissante"
Adressed to Miss W. Leister, c/o Mrs H. Gould, "Byrne", Railway Road, Caulfield, Vic., Australia. Message on card reads "13/02/19 Dear Win, One of the many magnificant statues in Brussels, it is a great place, the buildings are wonderful and…

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La Jetee un Jour de Tempete
Message on card reads "I like very much when the sea is strong but…shall like to be In…during this tempest…"

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Armentieres: La Rue de Dunkerque au Pont de Flandre
Adressed to Miss W. Lester, Byrne, Railway Road, Carnegie, Victoria, Australia. Message on card reads "On Active Service. France 4/6/16 Dear Winnie, Just a card to let you know I am well. Nothing of any interest to tell you. I wrote a letter last…

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Armentieres: Rue des Jesuites - Maisons bombardees
Message on card reads "This gives you a good idea of what some the villages and towns are today. I bought these cards in Abbeville this week. Love from Jimmy"

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Armentieres: bombardee - Eteablissement St-Joseph
A. Biebuyek, edit., Vieux-Berquin

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Armentieres: Hospice Mahieu
Message on card reads "The residence of Black Beetles"

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Armentieres: La Place des Halles. Deux estaminets detruits par le meme obus.
A. Biebuyek, edit., Vieux-Berquin

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WWI postcard album: image 145 of 178
Message on card reads "This card shows the effect of a bomb from a Gotha. Jan 1919. Love from James"