A great image of boys and their toys! The soldier standing to the rear has a wooden bi-plane tucked under his arm, and the two seated at the front look like they have collaborated on the making of detailed wooden WW1 tank. I believe the sapper to the right with pipe clenched in his mouth is the same soldier as the one in the hand-tinted photograph listed below (item 61934) but cannot prove it other than they came in the same lot. Postally unused, in very good condition. Dover photographer, reverse with ink message 'with love George'.
An attractive and evocative card from a soldier serving in France to his daughter; pencil message on reverse. Some yellowing to silk as the glue has aged, but otherwise in great condition for age.
Postally unused, a scarce image of the inside of a pre WW1 / WW1 barracks. The soldier seated on the far left has a three piece territorial army brass shoulder title but unable to make out the unit. Some white specs from developing flaw otherwise in good condition with a slight crease to the right side. A posed photo but also one showing them relaxing and working on their kit.
Postally unused some edge wear and fold to bottom right corner otherwise in good condition.
Ifs bully beef tonight lads! Cooks of E Company display their tins of Fray Bentos and very helpfully a set of blackboards confirming the battalion's identity. The date 1912 places them inside a barracks located in South Africa as this is where they were stationed at that time.
One of a series of comic art cards by an enterprising manufacturer who only had to change the type face for the regiment concerned, in this case the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, but could include the Birmingham Pals Battalions also. Postally used and sent to a Small Heath, Birmingham address. Scarce.
Postally used, Sent from one soldier to another as an Xmas card in 1905, Victoria (Australia) cancelled stamp and Melbourne Cancellation. Corner wear and a light central crease otherwise in reasonably good condition and a splendid image by the famous military artist Harry Payne.
Postally unused, Highlanders pipe themselves back from the Trenches. In very good condition with only minor edge and corner wear.
postally used, GV stamp, message to reverse a messy and some corner wear to all corners otherwise in good condition and a good study of the Trumpeters of the regiment in Review Order by the famous military artist Harry Payne. Note the running horse back badge on the Trumpeter's bearskin. The final photo shows an actual badge as worn but listed for sale elsewhere.
In good condition, but with a very interesting contemporary coloured pencil message to the reverse dated 27th June 1916 which appears to have got passed the censor.
Apart from a general complaint about the contents of his last parcel having been spoilt - he goes on to reveal "we are behind the lines at present but in the trenches every night working on carrying ammunition up".
The preliminary bombardment the week prior to the Somme offensive of 1st July had started on 24th June.
The full set of six cards, some wear and marks, including corner creases to some, but a scarce set of six cards which are numbered from 1 to 6 in the bottom right corners, the final one entitled " The last plunge ". The printed text on the reverse is very emotive language which I am not going to repeat here, but you can see it for yourselves in the accompanying photos of the lot. Postally unused, probably a strip sold in a pack of pictures, they are now detached from one another. I have never seen another set. From my collection.
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