Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Wonderful relatives who know from good postcards +
one's own solid appreciation for said postcards =
quite a little collection.

These two gems made their way to my hands over the last few days, and I must say I'm quite pleased with the juxtaposition:

I've read so much since spring about women knitting socks in wartime, from young girls to grandmothers, as compulsively as can be. They did it to help the war effort, to show their love for their own boys and for those they'd never meet, and to alleviate the stress and worry.

The little girl on the left - who may actually be knitting a sleeve from the cuff up rather than a long stocking - was painted in 1884 (by Albert Anker) and the ladies on the right were created in 1939 by Jack Mathew to illustrate the need for evacuation support in England during the Blitz.

The theme of industrious generosity springs off both cards, don't you think?

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