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Postcard Album - Souvenir, Bataille De L'Yser, World War I, 1916 Image Reg. No: ST 040512

Summary:
Book of detachable postcards, Battle of L'yser, World War I.

This is a postcard book made of cardboard and firm paper, consisting of 20 black and white postcards, all of which are photographs depicting the physical impact of the Battle of Yser. The book has a cream coloured cover, which has red and gold lettering that states "Bataille De L'Yser" in large print, as well as depicting five countries flags in colour.

The booklet appears to have been produced as a souvenir circa 1916, well before the end of the First World War. It was presumably produced for sale to French and English soldiers who had survived the Battle of Ypres, and as such it provides a graphic reminder of the conditions at the end of the battles.

The Third Battle of Ypres took place in 1917, after this book was produced. The booklet seems to have been purchased by Sergeant John Lord of the 13th Field Ambulance, Australian Medical Corps, who returned to Australia after his service in France, as a souvenir.
Description:
This is a postcard book made of cardboard and firm paper, consisting of 20 black and white postcards, The book has a cream coloured cover, which has red and gold lettering, as well as depicting five countries flags in colour. The book opens with a blank page followed by the first postcard. The postcards are each separated by white tissue paper. The inside of the back cover contains blue text that appears to be advertising material, and each postcard has an identical back. Each postcard has a perforated edge where it could be removed from the book but it is fairly certain that no postcards have been removed. There is then a French description of each of the postcards located on the front at the top of each postcard, followed by an English translation. The English descriptions are listed below in order of postcard:
1. The Halles after the bombardment
2. The Halles - in the foreground, a marvel of equilibrium
3. Ruins of Ypres
4. The Halles
5. The Cathedral Statue of Vandenpeerebom, miraculously saved
6. Ruins of Ypres
7. Entrance to Ypres
8. Elverdinghe street
9. Ypres - Butter street
10. Ypres - Butter street
11. Ypres bombarded
12. In Belgium - A part of the station square of Ypres after the bombardment
13. The battle of Dixmude - A terrific gun-fire above the city
14. The Yser at the Bridge of Dixmude, view taken in aeroplane
15. Ramscapelle under the water
16. Ramscapelle station after the bombardment - The inundated grounds
17. Ramscapelle under the waters - A German soldier attack of outposts is repulsed by Belgian soldiers
18. La Panne - A Spion's house destroyed by a 75 gun
19. In Belgium - A street of Newport destroyed after the last bombardment
Acquisition Information:
Donation from J. Lord, 1986
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 0.7 cm (Height), 8.6 cm (Width), 15 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918, belgian communities, belgian immigration, making history - war diaries and correspondence
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Souvenirs & Mementoes
Tertiary Classification: postcards
Inscriptions: On cover in red and gold: 'Bataille De L'Yser / Guerre Europèenne 1914-1916 / Cartes Postales Detachables / Sèrie 12 / LL'
On each postcard there is an inscription at the top, and each inscription is opened with the words 'Guerre 1914-1916' and concluded with '- LL.' There is then a French description followed by an English one.
Place & Date Depicted: Belgium, circa 1914-1916

Date of Battle of Yser (October 1914).
Date Made: 1916

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