Union Jack Series of Flags, Christmas card

Union Jack Series of Flags, Christmas card

Good Luck to Us All and Fair Greeting
The Union Jack Series
Christmas card
Britain
1914-18
Colour lithograph, block printing and embossing with red ribbon
Museum no. E.264-1952

The Allied flags of Russia, France, Britain and Belgium are shown with a cluster of embossed holly above and the nations' respective symbols of good luck below.

The inside of the card reads
"May we win through -
and the New Year dawn on
Peace and Prosperity for all,
is the Sincere Wish of
Paul A. Greliche
64 High Street
Sheffield"

Though war would seem to be totally opposed to the spirit of goodwill, generosity and peace promoted at Christmas, the number of Christmas cards sent increased dramatically during the First and Second World Wars. Soldiers were separated from families and friends - many never returned home - and the emphasis on the joy and goodness of Christmas became all the more pronounced. A number of wartime greetings focused on warm scenes of hearth and home like those the soldiers were missing. These same scenes were just as nostalgic for wives, children and elderly people coping with discomforts of scarcity and rationing at home. Another popular them for wartime cards was the use of simple symbols such as flags to convey a sense of pride in one's country.

This card can be found in Print Room Box 3.