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Embroidered Postcards (WWI)

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12/1916

Beautiful hand embroidered postcards were very popular with servicemen on duty in France. The delicately embroidered cards, crafted by French and Belgian women refugees, were sent back home to loved ones and became treasured mementos from “the boys over there”. Finished embroidered strips were sent to factories for cutting and mounting on postcards. One such recipient of several of these postcards was young Jean the daughter of William Henry Mills of Waimate. Mr Mills served in World War One with “A” Company of the NZ Rifle Brigade in the 16th reinforcements, mainly in France and Belgium. On the back of the postcard is written: "France Christmas Dec 25/16. To Jane from Daddy with love x"

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