WW1 Sentimental Postcard Set

We have looked at a number of sentimental postcards from World War One on the blog before, tonight we have three cards in a series called ‘I Want to See the Dear Old Home Again’ published by Bamforths of Holmfirth. The poem is spread over three cards, each with a different picture. The trick for the writer is to ensure that each card works as a stand alone piece, but they also work as a collection:

Dear home, far across the sea,

Day and Night for thee I’m sadly yearning;

Loved ones, all in all to me,

Fondly wait the hour of my returning.

As I watch the swallows on their homeward way,

Speeding o’er the restless foam,

Fain would I be flying, for o, my heart is sighing,

Sighing for the dear old home! SKMBT_C36416010513330_0001 - CopyI want to see the dear old home again,

The cottage in the little winding lane;

I can see the roses climbing, I hear the sweet bells chiming,

And I’m longing for the old home again. SKMBT_C36416010513330_0001 - Copy (4)Long years cannot soothe my pain:

Absence only makes the heart grow fonder,

Oft-times down the village lane

In some happy dream I seem to wander;

Loving lips are meeting in a tender kiss,

Loving souls with rapture thrill,

Eyes are brightly glowing and tears of joy are flowing:

Then I wake- a soldier still! SKMBT_C36416010513330_0001 - Copy (3)There were literally thousands of different sentimental postcard designs during the first half of the twentieth century and they were clearly collected as much as sent as this set has no stamps or messages on the back so are unused.

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