Growth of Secretary of State's volunteer army saw increased market for regimental cards full of steely humourClick on the picture to launch a gallery of pictures
“Happiness, humour and fortune, keep with you,” reads a simple yet stirring depiction of a marching unit, their strongest hope perhaps for the latter element.
A Somme Pudding is exchanged between two soldiers in 1916.
And one card, sent by a Prisoner of War, tries to wring positivity from a holiday spent behind enemy lines.
“Regimental cards were not new to the First World War,” points out Faye Prior, the collections facilitator at York Museums Trust, who have put the cards on show at York Castle Museum for the festive period.
“But the growth of the regiments and the recruitment of Kitcheners’ new armies meant the market for regimental cards grew exponentially.
“Cards were also produced by German Prisoner of War camps to try to convince British families that imprisoned soldiers were being treated well.
“In both cases the cards portrayed images that each side wanted to be put into the public domain.”
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