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My Fellow Soldiers

Letters from World War I

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Postal markings on a wartime postcard
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Postcards

Postcards were an inexpensive and easy way for busy service members to communicate with friends and loved ones. Charitable organizations distributed postcards for free to encourage military personnel to write. Some postcards even came with pre-printed messages, which helped regulate the content and tone of information sent home. Picture postcards offered glimpses into life at training camps, scenes of the war’s destruction, and sentimental or patriotic messages.

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