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Posted 12/29/2018   8:53 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add BFRomeos to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
So, these are not exactly U.S. picture postcards, but...

Coming from my grandfather in-law's estate are two types of unused postcards, about a half dozen of each. I assume they have yellowed with age. Casual examination suggests that these were produced for the convenience of U.S. soldiers in France during and shortly after World War I. On the left are the front and back of one type, another (front and back) are on the right. Both were apparently provided by the Knights of Columbus, presumably for Catholic soldiers.

That's all I can figure. Any additional comments are welcome.
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Posted 12/29/2018   10:25 pm  Show Profile Check 91stang's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 91stang to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
hummm...
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Posted 12/29/2018   10:32 pm  Show Profile Check 91stang's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 91stang to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I just scanned the web--hard find for info-you might check:
http://www.collectiblesonlinedaily....ostcard.html
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Posted 12/29/2018   10:52 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add BFRomeos to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Wow... there's a website for everything. Thx
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Posted 12/30/2018   12:11 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Becker to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
There are several charitable and fraternal organizations which supplied cards, envelopes and letterheads to WWI soldiers both at home and overseas. Here are some cards which were handy tonight:

Red Cross:
card1



YMCA, lots of them!:
card 2



both cards in this image are unused and blank on the reverse side:
cards 3 and 4


card 5



card 6



card 7



YMCA coming home cards
card 8



card 9



And finally 2 from the Knights of Columbus for use as returning to the U.S.
card 10



card 11


this last card with a nice Norman Rockwell illustration!
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Edited by John Becker - 12/30/2018 12:14 am
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Posted 12/30/2018   04:46 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add BFRomeos to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
John Becker: These. Are. Fabulous. Thanks for sharing.
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Indeed they are fabulous. As a WW1 buff I'm thrilled to bits to have seen these

Australia had form postcards for our service men and women too. Very drab affairs in comparison to what John has shown above.
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Posted 12/30/2018   09:55 am  Show Profile Check 91stang's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add 91stang to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Great photos!!!
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Not surprising, the military-issued cards are quite plain:
card 12, notification of classification



card 13, an individual notice card



card 14, a very generic "I'm ok" card.



And back to Red Cross cards;
card 15, with preprinted message on back about return to states



card 16, similar image including base name, interesting message.



On a related non-card tangent to document additional support organizations, here are envelopes from the Salvation Army and a letterhead from the Jewish Welfare Board.



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Posted 12/30/2018   4:41 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bobby De La Rue to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Absolutely marvellous John, thank you for displaying these!
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