Selected by Frances Pattman, Archivist
During World War One the Daily Mail issued several series of postcards of images taken by official photographers on the Western Front. In the papers of FM Viscount Alanbrooke are bound volumes of letters written to his mother. These volumes also acted as scrapbooks and include photographs, maps, postcards and items of ephemera. In the volume from 1916 are pasted several of the Daily Mail postcards.
The cards shown here are colourised and particularly stand out amongst the black and white of the photographs and typed letters. Like many of the official photographs some of these do look a bit staged but they are often all we have as a visual reference.
Ref: Alanbrooke 2/1/9