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Till the Boys Come Home: the picture Postcards of the First World War: Postcards of World War I Hardcover – 20 Oct 1977

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Macdonald & Janes; 1st edition (20 Oct. 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0354041665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0354041669
  • Product Dimensions: 30.4 x 24.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,465,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tonie and Valmai Holt are well-known in the fields of military history and tourism (under the name 'Major & Mrs Holt') for having created the modern battlefield tour and for their military biographies and Battlefield Guidebooks. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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By atticusfinch1048 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Jan. 2015
Format: Hardcover
Till The Boys Come Home – Excellent Resource

Till The Boys Come Home is an excellent view of the First World War through the prism of Picture Postcards by Tonie and Valmai Holt. Not only is this an excellent resource for the student but also for collectors of postcards and postal history. For those who are collectors it gives some excellent information which will aid research, and it covers all sides in the war not just the British. Till The Boys Come Home is republished with its original 1977 forward that was written by a World War One Veteran Eric Hiscock.

To those brought up in the internet and social media age postcards may seem quaint and at times rather odd but it was one of the few ways to convey news in the early 20th Century, quick and efficient, the twitter of its age. During the early years of the century the picture postcard came in to its own and all sides in the war realised the potential for propaganda use and this book shows its uses.

The book is beautifully illustrated in full colour with many postcards and sensibly broken down in to relevant chapters to make them easier to understand. I am a collector of postal history and in the main the fieldpost the news from the front and some of this came in the form of picture postcards both to and from the front. These are now historical documents of the war and many are in private collections and one collection is shown in part in Chapter 7, that of the Queen’s.

From the beginning we are given a flavour of the men and the nations that went to war and depictions of going to war and the fight for freedom the smiles the beauty all of which would disappear by the end of the war.
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Format: Kindle Edition
As long as there are coffee-table books like this, there will always be a market for good old-fashioned books like this; a book to hold and carefully turn the pages. I've not joined the Kindle revolution yet - although I've been contemplating it of late - but I can't imagine a coffee-table Kindle. This is, quite simply, lovely to hold, lovely to smell, lovely to read.

The authors know their subject well and as someone who has, over the years, collected postcards, sold them, collected more, and more, and sold some more, I can thoroughly recommend this orderly and well organised study of these First World War era postcards. The book is published to the usual high standards that we have come to expect from Pen & Sword and the pages are packed with illustrations. There are some great artists here, some great humour - at a time when laughter was often thin on the ground - and helpful commentary.

This is a book which would make a great Christmas present or indeed a present to oneself. It gets five stars from me and a huge pat on the back to all concerned with the authoring and production.
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Between 1914-1918 mobile phones & the internet were decades away. Instead postcards were sent in their millions. This book details the huge variety sent during World War 1, some sentimental, some humourous, while others depicted the events of the time or staunchly supported one side or the other.
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