With World War I patriotism in full sway, this post card shows a train car of Belgium "Guides" off to the front to defend Belgium from Germany. The Guides were the crack cavalry of Belgium. The card is in fair condition due to light corner creases and chipping. The illustration is in good condition and shows no damage. The lower left corner of the card is imprinted with C. by Underwood & Underwood N. Y. The lower right hand corner is imprinted with the number 48. The top of the front is imprinted in red with "Belgium "Guides" off to the front."
The back of the card is postally used with a 1917 Cedar Rapids Iowa postmark, canceled stamp, and ink message and address. The back of the card is imprinted with W. C. A. 145 and there is a small description of the Belgium Guides.
Message: June 28 Dear Mother, Received your card this morning and was very glad to know that Florence was better. Is she home or at the hospital? Was she sick very long before they operated her. Write soon and let me know how she is getting along. Belle
GENEALOGY: The card is signed Belle who is in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and is addressed to her mother, Mrs. Sarah Wilson Route 6 Box 66 Robinson, Ill.
1917 Chromolithograph postcard World War I Belgium Guides off to the Front