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Jewish Welfare Board Postcards -- An Update
by John G Sayers
Two years ago on this website, I set out the story and details known to me about Jewish Welfare Board postcards of World War I. A multi-topical series of cards, these impacted on Ocean Liner, Judaica, Military and Troopship collectors.
The hope was to learn more about the cards and any other Jewish Welfare Board ephemera that might be 'out there'. In the intervening two years, the outcome has been wonderful, and the objective of this article is to share the information that a number of collectors have sent to report their knowledge about this topic.
The first note was from a collector, Bob Swanson, who commented:
While doing a Google search, I noticed your article on the Ephemera Society website about Jewish Welfare Board picture postcards. As a collector of WW I material, I have been fascinated by these cards for many years. I have a website and some images uploaded to Flickr, that may be of interest regarding both the ships and the postcards for troopships in WW I.
Then I got an e-mail from Wilfred Bloom, another collector, who added more information:
I came across your article recently, and feel that I may be able to add a little to your comments about these fascinating postcards, which I have been collecting and studying for the past 8-10 years.
The only other source that I have found, where somebody has taken the time to detail their findings, is that of Swanson, who lists all the cards, so far known, as well as others which contribute to our understanding of the US naval side of the Great War. Among others, these series include the other Jewish Welfare Board issue, "HELLO -- JUST GOT BACK", the A-R-A series, and "THIS IS THE SHIP I CAME HOME ON" series, which includes many of the ships seen in the JWB series, and many others that are not included.