Embroidered silk postcards were especially favoured during and just after the First World War (1914-1918).
The range of embroidered designs was varied and included obviously military subjects, such as the flags of the Allies (notably Belgium, Britain, Croatia, France, Italy, Portugal, Russia, and the USA), names of regiments, figures of famous generals, and more public subjects, such as Christmas, New Year and birthdays.
In addition, many cards carried illustrations of butterflies and flowers, as gentler, more sympathetic images. Many of the cards were embroidered with messages, varying from patriotic slogans to more sentimental expressions, such as illustrated below.
There are also postcards celebrating the end of the war. One postcard, again with the Allied flags, actually refers to the occupation of Cologne and the German Rhineland. The first British troops entered this German city on 3rd December 1918, barely three weeks after the cessation of hostilities on 11th November 1918. The British Army of the Rhine would remain in Germany until 1929, with their headquarters in Cologne.