Portrait Postcards

This family album dates from 1913 and they would not have known how it would change from Birthday postcards to postcards sent from the trenches in the First World War. These postcards below are simple in their greetings and illustrate a period in life that was to change dramatically. Some messages were spread over two or three cards.

Message:
Dear Archie
Many hearty congratulations on your twenty first birthday.
With love Nance.
Date: April 13th 1914
Card: This is a real photograph of a British beauty. Rotary Photo, London E.C.

Message:
Dear Arch
Just a line wishing you many happy returns of the day with best love from Edith. Tell Tom to save his photo for me please.
Date: April 14th 1913
Card: This is a real photograph of a British beauty. Rotary Photo London E.C.

Message:
Dear Daisy
Just a card to wish you every good wish on your birthday from your sincere friend Mildred E.
Date:21st July 1913
Card: Printed by E A Schwerdtfeger & Co. London E.C. Printed in their works in Berlin

Message:
With best love

Message:
Dear Daisy
Just a P C to wish you Many happy Returns of the day and good luck from your loving Mother.
Date: 20th July 1913
Card: Rotary Photo London E. C.

Message:
Dear Arch
Just a P.C. wishing you many happy returns of the day. From Elsie
Date: April 14th 1913
Card: This is a real photograph of a British beauty. Rotary Photo. London E.C.

Message
Dear Daisy
Wishing you many happy returns of the day from your Loving Mother.
No Date.
Card: This is a hand-painted real photograph of a Britsih beauty.
Miss Gladys Cooper and Baby Joan

Message:
home to Blighty, I have heard of me or I've got wed, Wood is still in hospital. I hope that you will find a bit of time to write soon, I shall be glad when I can get home to see how things are. Edith will say that I did not write you for over four days. We was at a place where we could not post and when we did, we had to send them by another man to post. I will close now hoping I shall hear something of you soon. I remain your ever loving Joe. With best and fondest wishes.
No Date
Card: Fabrication francaise

Message:
Dear Daisy
Just a card to wish you the happiest of birthdays. With love from Ethel
Date: 22nd July ?
Card:British Manufacture. Dover Street Studios

Message:
Dear Daisy
Just to wish you many happy returns of the day and I hope you will live to see many more. With the best of love from Fanny
Date: 20th July ?
Card: The Carlton Publishing Co. London E.C. Printed in Italy.

Message:
Leicester Monday night.
Dear Daisy
I shall be in Leicester tomorrow night, Tuesday, so should be glad if you would see me by yourself. I will wait for you at the corner of Abbey Park Road from 7.30pm to 8 o'clock, now do try and be there would you. I have got a nice present for you also. We looked out again for you on Sunday night but did not see you, I reckon you was enjoying yourselves somewhere. I have just got back from Loughborough. Now don't forget tomorrow night will you, wet or fine. Kind Regards AG
No other details.

Message:
Write back.
Dear Mother & Dad
Just a line to say we are having a good time Milly and I, hoping you are having a good time. I hope daisy is going on alright and the baby. Auntie and all of us here hope George enjoyed his self at Grimsby. Rose and Harry wish to be remembered to you all. Arch
Date:Aug 7th 1913
Card: No details.

Message:
13 Welland Street July 22nd
Dear Daisy
just a card to wish you many happy returns of the day late but the wish is just the same. Shall write you a nice long letter now we have got a bit straight. I will come down and see you some afternoon next week after we have finished up. Well, be good dear. Fondest love Ethel.
Write me a line to tell me how you are getting on. I have got Reub coming at August.
Date:22nd July 1913
Card:No details

Message:
Dear Daisy
Just a line to wish you Many Happy Returns of the Day hoping you will have lots of them. With best love George.
Date: 20th July 1913
Card: This is a real photograph of a British Beauty. Rotary Photo London E.C.

Message:
Dear Daisy
Just a P.C. to wish you Many Happy Returns of the Day with love Dad
date:20th July 1913
Card:This is a real photograph of a British Beauty. Rotary Photo London.e.c.

Message:
Dear Mother
just a card wishing you Many happy Returns of the Day. And Good Luck from Emily
Date: 23rd September 1913
Card: The Carlton Publishing Co London E.C. Printed in Germany

Message:
Dear Daisy
Just a P.C. wishing you Many Happy Returns of the Day. From Stella
Date: 21st July 1914
Card:Published by E A Schwerdtieger & Co. London E.C. printed in their works in Berlin

Message:
Dear Mrs Neale
Many Hearty Congratulations on this your Birthday. With Love Millie
Date:23rd Sept 1913

Message:
Dear Mother
Wishing you many happy returns of the day and I hope it will be many more. From your loving Son George
Date 23rd Sep 1914
Card: Carlton Publishing Co. London E.C. Printed in Germany.

Message:
Dear Daisy
Accept my best wishes for your Birthday. From Milly
Date:21 July 1914
Card:No details

No Date
Message: Dear Daisy, Just a P C to wish you many happy returns of the day. With love Nellie S.

Last Updated Thu, 7 Feb, 2013.