Child's postcard reveals humour in the midst of a global conflict

Child's postcard reveals humour in the midst of a global conflict

Child's postcard reveals humour in the midst of a global conflict

First published in Nostalgia

THANKS to the Army Children Archive for sharing this First World War postcard with Looking Back.

It was sent from Portland and shows two boys play-fighting with toy swords.

It appears that the boy on the left is telling his playmate, “Ye’d better hide yer White Flag or ye’ll be gettin’ mistook for a German!”

A message has been written in black ink in a childish hand on the reverse of the card.

Unedited it reads: ‘Dear Father / Don’t get being taketook for a German we were yesterday Rose nearby had her arm broke with a stone some bloke threshied [?] at her at Portland [in Dorset]. we don’t stay out late we were in bed at 10 last night it dont seem true do it.

Tuesday the weather was alful was did not go out at all. / From your Daughter Em’ The postcard is signed ‘FG’ on the right by the artist and the printed text on the back includes the following information: ‘Copyright. E Mack King Henry’s Road, Hampstead, London’, ‘1187’ and ‘Printed in Great Britain.’

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