[Editor: This postcard, which incorporates a picture of a Rising Sun symbol, as well as a poem, is undated; however, it is believed to be from the era of the First World War (1914-1918).]
[Front of postcard]
When the Sun sinks in the West,
And the evening shadows fall;
I’m thinking of those dear to me,
And of YOU whom I love best of all.
At eventide — O those happy hours,
When you whispered words so sweet;
And Cupid’s arrow pierced our hearts,
“Entwined” till next we meet.
Whether in Camp or at drill on the hill,
My Thoughts are Always of YOU;
Counting the days till I return,
My Darling Sweetheart, True.
My heart aches for you, my darling,
For we’re “getting fit” to go
With the brave boys o’er the water,
To fight the cruel foe.
If I had wings I’d fly to you,
For parting seems so hard;
So “Loving Hearts” and kisses True,
I send YOU by this card.
From … Your loving Hubby At … England
[Handwritten text, in italics]
[Description: A Rising Sun with Crown symbol, with the text “Australian Commonwealth Military Forces” inside a scroll, accompanied by a poem.]
[Reverse of postcard]
[No identifying information about the manufacturer was included on the postcard.]
Dimensions (approximate): 140 mm. (width), 87 mm. (height).
It is likely that this postcard was sent from an Australian soldier in England to his wife in Australia during the First World War (1914-1918) or shortly thereafter; it appears that it was sent inside of an envelope, as there is no address given and there are no postal markings on the postcard.
Although the postcard does not include any identifying information about the manufacturer, it is reasonably assumed that it was made in England; this assumption is based upon the reference to England on the front of the postcard, as well as on the reference on the reverse of the postcard to a half-penny postage stamp. Australian postcards of the First World War era required one penny postage stamps, whereas British postcards of that era could be sent with a half-penny postage stamp.
See: “First World War Postcard” (Date: 2014; Accession Number: 2014-0084/01), The Postal Museum (London, England) [an example of a British postcard, with a half-penny postage stamp, dated 19 November 1914 on the reverse side]
hubby = a diminutive form of “husband”
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