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'S'h-Sh! Here's a spy!'

A British patriotic postcard


    • A British patriotic postcard
    • A A Nash, whose name can be seen in the grass above the word ‘SPY !’, was the illustrator responsible for the scene on the front of this postcard, which is enclosed within a patriotic red, white and blue border. He has depicted two children whispering to one another as a dachshund [a breed of dog then strongly associated with Germany] skulks around behind them. The caption reads, ‘“S’H–SH ! HERE’S A SPY ! ”’. The printed information on the back includes the following details: ‘Inter-Art Co., Red Lion Square, London, W.C. / “PATRIOTIC KIDS” Series. No. 946. British Manufacture.’. The postmark tells us that it was franked in Holloway (in north London) at 1.45pm on 16 January 1915. A name, address and message have been handwritten in black ink. We therefore know that the postcard was sent to ‘Miss Nellie Clarke / 109 Ladbroke Road / W [presumably west London]’. The message reads as follows: ‘15 Jan 1915 / Went out yesterday! To See Tappy in Tottenham Court Road (because she is ill & 71 on this Sunday & I wore it [?] & its [?] ‘so very very’ that you really don’t know. Mother thanks you for your kind note. She will dine on Sunday at the Hotel York where Jean & Diana are staying. I’m not taking any’ [?] but have invited them here to tea after. J’.





  • Date:

    • 1915-01-15
  • Temporal:

    • 2016-01-11 11:47:52 UTC


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    • 20252
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  • First published in Europeana:

    • 2016-07-27
  • Last updated in Europeana:

    • 2016-07-27

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Latitude: "51.51334, 54.75844, and 51.50853"
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