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War & Decline

The First World War

Printed Letter

Description:

Printed letter from King George V in 1918. The letter was sent to Private C Smith in appreciation for services during World War One. He fought with the 12th Royal Scots.

 

Letters like this were part of the first mass communications from the British Royal Family. Thousands of British and Commonwealth soldiers who fought in World War One received this printed letter.
Distribution was made possible by improvements in lithographic printing techniques, which meant the letter could be reproduced many times. Most were sent in printed envelopes which read "A Message To You From His Majesty King George V". 
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:2006.33.10
Digital Number:
DMDO135n
Copyright:
Dumfries and Galloway Council