Lecture

Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 15:00

Keep the Home Fires Burning: Postcards from the Front
A popular song in the First World War sent a message from soldiers to their loved ones to “keep the home fires burning/while your hearts are yearning.” The most common means of staying in touch was through the mail. The German field post office alone handled 19 million pieces of mail each day. This illustrated lecture by Geoffrey J. Giles, UF Emeritus Associate Professor of History will show examples of some of the surprising themes embellishing picture postcards beyond the typical patriotism and heroism, including those on loan from Giles and in the exhibition The Great Catastrophe: Remembering WWI, 1914 – 1918.