'To my Smookeys'
A nice find at Highgate's Fair in the Square today - two wonderful French embroidered postcards from the time of the First World War. These aren't uncommon - but what makes these special is their fine condition, including original envelopes, and the inscriptions on the back.
So on the rear of the card above is this rather sweet message: 'Dearest Wife, I received the parcel quite safe and send you very much love. I am waiting for a letter and hoping you got the Cheque safe and Best wishes to all at home Love from Harry. I am sending a letter later Love.' And where the address goes, there's this: 'To my Wife With Love From Harry and Best Wishes x x x x'
Both cards are made in Paris - though the one below is embroidered in English - and you imagine that Harry was serving in France during the war. These cards were not posted either as postcards or in their envelopes - I wonder if they were sent in a parcel, or carried home. They clearly have been looked after down the years.
This card, written in the same hand, is even more bewitching. 'July 29th Kisses for you and hope you are a good girl. To my loving daughter x x x x x x x x'. And in the address panel: 'To my Smookeys with Love From Daddy'
According to the woman who was selling these and other embroidered cards, all are from the same man to his wife and family. There's not enough information here to identify the man or find out if he survived the war - though the care taken in the keep of these cards makes me wonder if Harry didn't come home.
A pity to split up the set - but these two cards will be looked after. And if anyone wants to buy the others - hurry! I got them from a stall inside the Highgate Literary and Scientific Institute.
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