3/21/09

Yesterday's find, not on EBAY?


Normally, anything I find, if I check Ebay, it has already been listed at some time or another. This letter wasn't on Ebay but I did find some info on the internet. Apparently it has to do with the Queen and technology - 1918 – the first ever mass communication from a reigning British Monarch is sent out when a letter from George V is reproduced and distributed to all returning prisoners of war using lithography.


My copy of a Letter from King George V to British POW's On Their Release in 1918, reads as follows:

Buckingham Palace
1918
The Queen joins me in welcoming you on your release from the miseries and hardships, which you have endured with so much patience and courage.
During these many months of trial, the early rescue of our gallant officers and men from the cruelties of their captivity has been uppermost in our thoughts.
We are thankful that this longed for day has arrived, and that back in the old Country, you will be able once more to enjoy the happiness of a home and to see good days among those who ansciously look for your return.

/s/ George R. I.
His Majesty King George V of the United Kingdom.
Information about the Document
Date: 1918
From: King George V
To: British POW's - H. Godfrey
Dimensions of Letter: 19 x 24.6 cm


It was found folded up in an old toolbox. I also found a Coca-Cola, wooden-handled tool.....I'm sure it is also quite old. Today I need to do a little, I mean a lot, more organizing in the barn. I will make it a point to list at least 3 more items on the Artfire site.


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