'It'll all be over by Christmas'

A captivating new book examines perceptions and experiences of World War One through a collection of more than 150 contemporary postcards

ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF THE AUTHOR

Postcards had many purposes. Chiefly as a popular form of communication – to celebrate, reassure, comfort and send good wishes. However, they could also have a propaganda function. World War One postcards also sought to boost morale, manage public perceptions, to ridicule or demonise the enemy, or to attempt to justify Britain’s involvement in a growing conflict.

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