Saturday, 5 May 2012


The next two postcards in the album are in the same series as those posted last week but are even more melancholic.  At first I thought the mother and daughter were praying at a graveside, but I think it's a shrine and they are praying for the safe-keeping of their loved one who is away at sea.   I can only imagine what it would have been like to be waiting for mail from someone away in the war and how precious the correspondence would have been.  However I don't think I would have felt cheered up receiving postcards like this.   Probably it was better than no mail.   The sender was an Englishman serving in the Medical Corps, I think as a driver, and the cards were sent from Italy to England in 1943.


  1. In some of the older houses around here (the houses by the sea) there are perches up high, like a small deck, termed "widow walks" for when women would look out to sea to see if their man's ship was to be returning. Are they called that in the UK? I imagine in days before radio, phones or even telegraph it was a bad experience to have to cast one's eyes out to the horizon for news.

  2. I haven't heard of 'widow walks'. It must have been worrying.
    I think it would be a 'balcony' here, I don't know if they have a special name on houses near the coast.


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