During the early 20th century, postcards weren't bought solely for communication purposes but also used as souvenirs to be kept in albums. Though personal cameras were available during the First World War, postcards were a way for those without a camera to remember where they had been and things they had experienced. They were also bought by those with cameras as they captured particular moments, such as Postcard #24,  and shots in difficult locations. It is unclear whether all of these postcards belonged to one soldier or were collected afterwards. They were donated as a set to the Ian Matheson City Archives by a local collector. Only two of them bear any markings - Postcard #1, which was used as a postcard sent from the father of Fred Eddelston to his son while he served overseas. Another postcard reads Fred Eddelston, but was not sent. Click here to view his military record.

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