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WWI Postcards Among Thousands For Sale At Surrey Club’s Annual Fair

Published on: 17 Nov, 2014
Updated on: 17 Nov, 2014

Collectors, family researchers and those interested in local history will not want to miss the Surrey Postcard Club’s annual fair on Saturday, November 22, at St Peter’s School, Horseshoe Lane, Merrow GU1 2TN.

The poppies at the Tower of London reminded us that we are commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. In 1914 young men were encouraged to join up and support the war effort and postcards played their part in this campaign.

Picture postcard showing men from an artillery regiment.

Picture postcard showing artillery men in camp.

Artists such as Donald Mc Gill and Lawson Wood turned their skills to portray what a good life the army offered when called upon to support Britain’s allies across the sea. Others were seen to be “doing their bit” in a variety of different comic roles.

Postcard illustration drawn by Donald McGill.

Postcard illustration drawn by Donald McGill.

At the fair you will be able to browse thousands of cards relating to the military theme and many others which postcard collecting can offer. Family historians will be offered real photographic images of the various army navy and air force contingents and may even be fortunate enough to find a picture of one of their relations shown as a serving officer.

Lawson Wood illustrated this card.

Lawson Wood illustrated this card.

The fair runs from from 10am to 4pm, parking is free and the club asks for an entrance fee of 50p which it will donate to a local charity. Refreshments are available throughout the day.

More details on 01428 642379, or 01483 276509.

A girl 'doing her bit' for the war effort.

A girl ‘doing her bit’ for the war effort.

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