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Till the Boys Come Home: The Picture Postcards of the First World War [Hardcover]

Tonie Holt , Valmai Holt
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Jun 1977
This is a new edition of this classic book which includes, in its over 700 postcards, many new, powerful propaganda images from nations on both sides of this epic conflict. Here are cards from the Queen's Collection, cards from America, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Britain, Bulgaria, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Egypt, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Rumania, Salonika, Serbia...All are faithfully reproduced from the original, whether in dramatic black and white or in exuberant colour and they are all at least 100 years old. But this is not just a picture book. Here is a rich treasure trove to be dipped into for dilettante pleasure or to be read seriously as a thematic and contemporary history of the war. These cards have been collected over many years and a good number are rare and extremely valuable, both intrinsically and for the fascinating information contained in the informative running text and in the thoughtful captions (an example appears below, just one of the over 700). This is essential reading for anyone who wishes to sense the feelings and emotions of those who lived through, and fought in, the First World War; readers will appreciate the Twitter-like brevity of the captions, the power of the images and enjoy the chase to understand what lies behind them. This handsome and fascinating book uses hundreds of the immensely popular picture postcards of the '14-'18 period to document the course and effects of the Great War, with all its dramatis personae, its humour, suffering, patriotism, sentimentality and fervour.
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Deltiologists of Amer (Jun 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0913782084
  • ISBN-13: 978-0913782088
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,238,424 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Postcards - The Original Text Message 28 Feb 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Til the Boys Come Home 16 Jun 2010
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Book condition exactly as stated - delivery spot on - would unhesitatingly order from this website again.
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