Just to Let You Know I'm Still Alive - Postcards from New Zealanders during the First World War
JUST TO LET YOU KNOW I’M STILL ALIVE – Postcards from New Zealanders during the First World War
by Glenn Reddiex
This book takes the reader on a journey into the colourful world of the picture postcard during World War One when the form of communicating was to mail a postcard with a message on the reverse side to a loved one serving on the battle fields of Europe.
They were the emails of yesteryear, the economic way to communicate with family and friends across the miles. When war was declared in 1914, postcards took on a more meaningful purpose on a scale not seen before. Beyond their heart-filled personal messages to and from the battlefront, postcards also became a patriotic and propaganda tool. The Dominion of New Zealand was quick to rally and answer the call to serve King and Country and it was not long before New Zealand publishers were producing original works by New Zealand artists and photographers for the local market.
They were cherished as prized possessions for their photographs and art and became collectables in private postcard collections. These wonderful and thought provoking postcards with their handwritten messages give a poignant insight into the life and times in New Zealand during the Great War.
Glenn Reddiex is a Deltiologist, Genealogist, and a First World War historian. He has served with the Royal New Zealand Navy and in later years with the Joint Information Services Agency (JISA) in the New Zealand Defence Force. His interest in genealogy and the history of the First World War began while living in England. He undertook research throughout Europe exploring ephemera, letters and postcards to gather historical information. From these origins, Glenn became a keen collector of postcards with a fascination for the artistry, photography and social history of each of the cards in his collection.