Embroidered silk postcards were most prominently used during the First World War, and before that war they were sent as sentimental greetings in France. They were introduced in 1900, and production peaked during the 1914-18 war. British soldiers, especially, favored them.
Homes throughout France and Belgium made the embroideries for the cards as a cottage industry. War refugees from Belgian made them in the UK. The embroideries were sent uncut to the cities, mainly Paris, where the cards were assembled and distributed.
Our card, dated 1917, is in outstanding condition. It has been part of an extensive collection for decades. Condition is as near to perfect as can be, with no writing or marks on the front or the back. It is seldom that you find this type of postcard with writing on it. These were expensive and an investment. They came in envelopes made of very thin stock, but the paper was so thin, these envelopes were seldom used. Mostly, the post cards were put into written letters and standard envelopes and sent that way. Was $32, now $25.