Category: War

A Distant Encounter

The only thing more riveting than trainspotting is ship-spotting.  Whenever I’m looking through albums or collections of old photos I always look out for any snaps of steamers and see if I can recognize them.  If not, then I cheat and look on the back to see if […]

Postcard from the Trenches

One of my largest collections of vintage postcards focuses on those sent by soldiers during the First World War.  When I started collecting as a teenager I used to pick them up at stamp fairs, from dealers, auctions, antique shops and secondhand book stores – but I had […]

Kathleen’s Colonial Boys

Today I’m going to share one of the oldest postcards in my collection, one which also happens to include a message relating to New Zealanders fighting in the Boer War. It is one of a small group that I found in a junk shop as a teenager and […]

Snowball Fight in Jerusalem

This evening a good friend of mine shared this beautiful photo of a snow-covered Dome of the Rock.  It is the first time in four years that snow has fallen in Jerusalem and it looks like the locals are enjoying the novelty.  According to this article it is […]

Xmas 1918

In my last post I shared a Christmas card that was sent by a New Zealand soldier who was about to head off to fight in the Battle of El Alamein in the Second World War.  To make sure it arrived in time the card was sent on […]

Merry Christmas from El Alamein

It is that wonderful time of the year again.  Deadlines are looming, traffic is congested, frantic shoppers jostle for position at the cashier and all the while we are being mocked by sadistically ironic jingles about what a wonderful time we are supposed to be having.  It sure […]

Postcard from Gallipoli

Today I thought I’d share a postcard that has a particularly fascinating story.  It was sent by a New Zealander who was fighting in the trenches at Gallipoli. For my non-antipodean readers the Gallipoli campaign was this ill-fated Allied attempt to knock Turkey out of the First World […]

What to do after an Air Raid

Congratulations, you have just survived your first air raid!  But as you emerge from the dust and rubble you realize that your world has changed forever.  Few people know how to survive an air raid and even fewer know what to do in the precious minutes once the […]