Postcards from the War

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“A Street in Arras” (1918) by John Singer Sargent

Mail Censors

“The Postal Censorship, Strand House: Censoring Letters to and from Enemy Prisoners of War” (1918) by A.J.C. Bryce.

From the collections of the Imperial War Museums, published in Art from the First World War, a postcard book, by Pomegranate Press.

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Opened Mail

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Panels from Jean-Pierre Gibrat’s The Reprieve (2018), set in Occupied France during WWII.

Back to the Local

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Illustrations by Edward Ardizzone from Back to the Local (1949) by Maurice Gorham, a loving memoir about English public houses (pubs). An earlier volume, The Local, came out just as World War II was starting. The publisher’s building was bombed out in the Blitz; all of the plates and unsold copies of The Local were lost. So, after the war, Gorham and Ardizzone wrote and illustrated the book again, from scratch, and called it Back to the Local.

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Rude

PM General

On July 11, 1864, Confederate General Jubal Early took over “Silver Spring,” the Maryland home of U.S. Postmaster General Montgomery Blair, as headquarters for his army, a force bent on invading Washington in the third and last such attempt of the Civil War. General Early smoked Blair’s cigars, drank his wine and the next day, before retreating, burnt down his house.

Kind

“I do not wish to injure the captain by mentioning his name. He probably acted according to his lights, which were dull.”

— James D. Bulloch in The Secret Service of the Confederate States in Europe (1881)