Postcard from Salisbury: Children Guarding their Bunny


The following has been kindly donated by The Army Children Archive:

This wonderful postcard sent to a child, shows three children fervently guarding their bunny from enemy attack!

guarding-bunnies-postcard

“They’d better not touch our Bunny!” is the caption accompanying this illustration by ‘M.H.W.’, as is written beneath the fence on the right; ‘Oilette’ can be seen in the bottom-right-hand corner.

Printed on the reverse of the postcard is the legend: ‘TUCK’S POST CARD’, along with the following text:

‘TEACHING THE YOUNG IDEA HOW TO SHOOT.

Raphael Tuck & Sons’

“OILETTE”

Postcard No. 8784

ART PUBLISHERS TO THEIR MAJESTIES THE KING & QUEEN.’

The words ‘By appointment’ also appear beneath the royal coat of arms. The incomplete postmark indicates that this postcard may have been sent from Salisbury, Wiltshire, possibly in 1914. The handwritten address is clear, however:

‘Master John Summers

“Kenora”

Cooden Drive

Bexhill-on-Sea’.

There is a message, too:

‘Look how these children are looking after the little Bunnies are they not neat! You’ll be a big man one day & very kind to all animals. Take care of Nannie till Mummy & Daddy come back. Love from Mummy.’

 

You can also find this post on the The Army Children Archive Flickr account in the album ‘The Army Children of the First World War: a Sentimental View’

 

 

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