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'passed By Censor' Cancellation On Postcard

 
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Posted 12/25/2018   01:51 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add pennyblackie to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I have an interesting postcard which appears to be sent by a soldier during the war. Notice the writing in pencil rather then pen, could it be due to the fact that this postcard was written in battlefield perhaps when the soldier was in the trenches?




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Posted 12/25/2018   01:59 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A lot of censored postcards were written in pencil. I suspect the censors preferred it that way.
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Posted 12/25/2018   02:03 am  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I posted a few WWI postcards here

http://goscf.com/t/59023&SearchTerm...,from,france

I think that, for most soldiers, the pencil would have been the natural implement to use when writing - pens would not, presumably, have been commonly carried, and opportunities to use one, perhaps in a cafe, would have been limited.
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Posted 12/25/2018   02:30 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add pennyblackie to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The ballpoint pen was only invented in 1938, it was probably cumbersome to carry around a bottle of ink when in the battlefield.

GeofHa, the French postcards are nice, they always have the romantic feel.
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Posted 12/25/2018   04:36 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Tim H to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Quite often the cards were written in indelible pencil (it has a very slight purplish tint to it). A small pencil can be carried anywhere, no need for pen and ink, and it doesn't get smudged and illegible when the card goes through the post.

I also enjoy these WW1 military cards.
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Posted 12/25/2018   06:16 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Joy Daschaudhuri to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply


The Field Censor type 3 triangular PASSED BY CENSOR censor stamp with No. 2377 was used by 8 Bn (Service) Devonshire Regiment under 20 Brigade of 7 Division in Givenchy-en-Gohelle, France during October 1915.
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Posted 12/25/2018   08:24 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add pennyblackie to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Joy, appreciate this bit of history. Thanks
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Posted 12/25/2018   09:25 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Actually the ballpoint pen was first invented in 1888. The first practical pen that worked regularly was in 1938.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ballpoint_pen
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