What is it about?

This articles explores the multiple functions of postcards in the maintenance of relationships between soldiers and civilians during the First World War.

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Why is it important?

Postcards are an underused source in Anglophone histories of 1914-1918. Yet, the were an expansive form of Edwardian mass-media and were used by people, rich and poor, across society. As such, once the conflict began, they became a key bridge in the divide between soldiers at war and the people they left behind. Their multiple functions supplemented letters and parcels, but also offered other opportunities to nurture distant relationships.


This is an introductory article and it is my hope that it will encourage other historians to make better use of postcards as important primary sources.

Dr Alex Mayhew
London School of Economics and Political Science

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This page is a summary of: ‘A War Imagined’: Postcards and the Maintenance of Long-Distance Relationships during the Great War, War in History, November 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0968344519831039.
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