Thursday, May 28, 2020

Postcards from the Great War

Return to Sender is an interactive map which allows you to explore and view postcards which were sent during the First World War. The map allows you to explore images of postcards which were sent during a time when many young men were posted to locations a long way from home. Using the map you can also read the often poignant messages which were written by these men to their loved ones back home.

The map is an interface for browsing the postcards collection within the Europeana 1914-1918 thematic archive. Postcards are shown on the map at the location from where they were sent. Animated flow lines reveal where the postcards were delivered to. If you click on one of the blue markers on the map you can view an image of the postcard and the details listed in the Europeana archives.

The map includes a comprehensive search facility which allows you to search the postcards by location, date and by different image archives.

If you are intrigued by the personal stories revealed in the postcards sent during the First World War then you might also be interested in Europeana's Love Across Borders series. This series uses items from the Europeana collections to explore stories of romance and love during the time of World War I.

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