This is a WWI era embroidered silk remembrance card that features flags of the Allies on the numbers 1918 that are on the front panel, and inside there are 2 pages, one with a poem. WWI was the "war to end all wars" which sadly did not prove true, as WWII would be next, thus the Great War, or the "14-18 War" as one of my old history professors in college referred to it, was numbered WWI. Today, of course, we hope there will not be a third World War.
These beautiful embroidered silk cards and postcards became very popular during WWI, with a piece of embroidered silk attached to a card that framed the embroidery. The embroidery on the silk was said to be done by women in France and Belgium as a way to earn a living, perhaps made necessary by the loss of a husband in the war. The silk pieces would then be sent to French factories for finishing into the final product.
These were more expensive than standard cards, understandably so, and were popular with US soldiers stationed in France and sold at most shops in ports like Calais, Boulogne, Dieppe, Rouen and Le Havre. This type of card had been made prior to the war, but rose in popularity with the soldiers during the war, as they sent them home to loved ones.
This particular card was used, so there is an inscription inside, but it is in very good condition, with light wear, and some light age spotting on the silk. The silk ribbon on the side does have some fading. It measures 5 & 3/8 by 4 inches.
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1918 WWI Embroidered Silk Remembrance Card Great War Allies Flags World War Patriotic
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