The Yeoman's Wedding Postcard

Over the years I have covered a number of sentimental postcards that seemed to be produced to chime particularly with the mood of the country in the years around the Great War. These did not appear out of the ether of course, and the Victorians had a highly sentimental streak to them as well. Today we have another of these sentimental images, but rather than being from the First World War, this example dates from over a decade before and the Boer War. It is entitled ‘The Yeoman’s Wedding’ and depicts a wedding party coming out of a church, the guests throwing confetti over the bride and groom. Beneath is the usual piece of less than stellar poetry:

The eponymous Yeoman stands in the front of the image with his arm linked with that of his bride. Even without the caption, it is clear he is a member of the Yeomanry by his slouch hat, breeches and leather bandolier for ammunition:

He is not the only member of the wedding part with a military connection as two of the guests are also in uniform. To the left is a member of the Royal Artillery in his dark blue uniform, complete with Brodrick cap:

Whilst to the left is a sailor in his traditional square rig uniform:

It is highly unlikely that any of these men were actually in the services, these being more likely to be members of the public paid by the postcard company to pose for the postcard to create the sort of image that they thought would best sell. Despite its posed nature, it does have a certain charm and is a little more unusual than the World War One cards we are more used to seeing.

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