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Postcards from World War One - France

Updated on January 24, 2012

My great grandfather, Reginald Trevor, an Australian soldier in World War One, sent these postcards home to his mother while overseas. They depict scenes from France, including the Somme.

Please scroll to the bottom of this page to view links to all the letters he sent home to his mother during World War One.

Many postcards produced during the First World War were used for propaganda, and showed rousing images of the Allied troops defeating the enemy, (click here for a multimedia display of these from a First World War website on the topic). However the postcards featured below are scenic shots, much like the photographs my great grandfather enjoyed taking during his time serving. Unfortunately many of his photographs were lost and to make up for this, he sent these postcards home to his family.

Click the following link to see a chronological list of my great grandfather's letters home from World War One to his mother spanning 1914 - 1918: Rediscovering my great grandfather, Reginald Trevor: Letters home from World War 1


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      Rufus rambles 4 years ago from Australia

      @PeggyW: The Australian War Memorial posts images of postcards - i think as long as the source is mentioned it's ok. I know that copyright does expire sometimes after 100 years, but best to check with the original owner if they are still alive! Thanks for the comment

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I also have postcards that my husband's father mailed home from France during WW2. I wondered about posting them due to copyrights? Not sure how long copyrights last on postcards. Do you know? Really interesting to look at yours! They provide a moment in time and history. Thanks! Voted up and interesting.

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      Rufus rambles 5 years ago from Australia

      @Perspycacious: Thanks for your comment - That is amazing that he lived until 110! There are no surviving WW1 Veterans left in Australia unfortunately. It would be a great hub however to find out all surviving WW1 veterans.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      I notice that today the last surviving American veteran is said to have died at the age of 110. My Mom (103) said, "Well he's ahead of me!" WWI plays an interesting part of the Masterpiece "Downton Abbey" currently running on many PBS stations. Are there still surviving veterans from Australia, France, Germany, England, etc., could be a Hub topic for you, if you are able to find out. I once suggested changing Memorial Day to Election Day so all Americans might better be able to vote and truly memorialize what the day we vote has cost so many families. (By the way, my senator didn't even reply, and at that time we could have canvased some WWI survivors for their approval!)

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      advancedbiker 5 years ago

      Just had a look at where Gamaches and it is on the Somme towards the coast. not far from where my graddad used to go for his 'R and R' at Le Treport. I visted LeTreport sevral years ago, but when I was on the Somme last year I went to Theipval and Lochnaghar. On another tack.....I have some DVD's aboutthe Somme if yu want copies ?

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      Rufus rambles 5 years ago from Australia

      @advancedbiker: It is fine to link to my hubpages from your website on history. Thanks very much

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      Rufus rambles 5 years ago from Australia

      @advanced biker: These postcars were blank on the side for writing on. Many of his photographs were lost when he was in hospital so he bought these and sent them to his sister Mary instead.

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      Rufus rambles 5 years ago from Australia

      @Ihchan: Thanks for your feedback - I am glad you enjoyed reading and viewing them.

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      advancedbiker 5 years ago

      Very interesting as all my grand fathers postcards were censored. All yours seem to have a name on them....

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      lhchan 5 years ago

      Thanks very much for the story n postcards.

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      Rufus rambles 5 years ago from Australia

      @VirginiaLynne: Thanks for your feedback. I have researched some more about wartime postcards and placed some relevant information on this hub. I hope this is useful. Thanks again.

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      Virginia Kearney 5 years ago from United States

      These are so interesting but I'd sure like to know more about them.

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