One of the few advantages afforded the troops during the Great War was free postal service. This likely contributed to the popularity of the cards. The examples I have include messages on the back, usually written in pencil, sometimes only expressing the hope that the card was not a duplicate of one already sent.
The only indication as to exactly where the cards came from was embroidered on the front. “Somewhere in France” was about as explicit as the soldiers could be. Any further indication of location would likely be deleted by the censors.
As the war drew to a close, so did the silk postcard business. It seems this industry, among others, started and ended with the war.
The final card in my collection is dated November 14, 1918. In restrained words, it reflects my father’s feeling of relief: “Just a few hurried lines to let you know I am well and it’s over at last, guess you are having some pretty exciting times in the ‘Peg these days.”