Friday, May 7, 2010

Mothers Day - ' Dear Mother I am prisoner of war '

While a lot of us Mums will be getting cards this Sunday, imagine getting this postcard in the mail. What pain that mother must have felt reading it. I love the larconic way "Bill" tells his mother about his situation. I think once Aussie men were like this but perhaps not so much anymore.
Happily from some other letters I found with this postcard I can report that 3 years later Bill made it back to Australia still it would seem, from the tone of his letters, acting like it was all water off a ducks back... 'I have lost weight but not to worry' etc.
Both the postcard pictured above and some photos aswell as the later letters are for sale right now on ebay, you can find them by clicking here and here.


  1. Wow, what an amazing piece of history, so personal and yet it gives us an insight to another time.
    99 followers...Go Katherine!

  2. It is amazing what you come across Katherine - a history buffs dream. At least it gets saved from the rubbish tip.

  3. Goodness, my heart would break receiving that from one of my boys. Must go kiss their sleeping faces. Amazing find. A-M xx

  4. I'm your 100th follower. Have a wonderful mothers day.

  5. Dear Katherine...
    totally totally awesome...

    I think i would just have to keep this ...

    what a fab bit of aussie memorabilia..

    xx andrea

  6. Although my heart would stop...receiving this news...I would be so grateful to hear from my son. The prayers would be so fervent...
    What a wonderful piece of history!

    Jane (Artfully Graced)

    ps Congrats on 100 followers!

  7. G'Day~I love old vintage letters they all seem to have a story to tell all on their own don't they.My Dad's name is Bill and was in a war himself.I could see him not wanting to upset his Mother as well.Thanks for sharing. Nice to visit with you.~Cheers Kim

  8. Gracious, I could not imagine receiving this in the mail! Thank goodness he fared well.

  9. Oh gosh, what an amazing find and I am so glad you knew there was a happy ending...well we hope it was happy.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Kiss Noises Linda

  10. How interesting Katherine
    I'm glad for Bill's sake he made it home in one piece.... fantastic find these letters...

    Hope you had a lovely Mothers Day xxx Julie

  11. This is so sad Katherine. It makes me feel so lucky to be here and now. Thanks for remining us all what matters and Happy Mothers Day to you!


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