Oddly enough, love and war often do go together and we all know that absence often makes the heart grow fonder, so it’s only natural that the burgeoning greetings card industry would flourish during World War I. In the west, domestic producers had to replace that large part of the market that was previously produced by Germany, and “WWI silks”, embroidered greetings produced in France and Belgium, constituted one of the most important cottage industries of the war. It can be a little jarring to see military themes on cards that were supposed to foster sentiment, but it was a competitive market, and I’m sure that manufacturers wanted to seem current, and relevant. And you really can’t beat the sentiment when you see my ammunition, you’ll surrender your position, which was evidently quite popular as it was issued with a variety of images. So in celebration of St. Valentine’s Day and commemoration of the Great War, here is a selection of valentines from 1914-1919: from Great Britain, the United States, France, and (the most intimate of all, handmade on the Front) Australia.
Valentines from the Great War
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- I think of Colin Cambell Cooper and Emma Lampert Cooper as a team of talented, worldly artists: they married in 1897 and traveled frequently thereafter, painting scenes of wherever they went. Around 1910 they were in #salemma for some reason: perhaps visiting Frank Benson or Philip Little or Ross Sterling Turner or Isaac Caliga? I just don't know but imagine what a creative hub Salem was at this time.
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