Thursday, October 8, 2009

Precious Memorabilia testifies to Serbia's WWI contributions to the Allied Cause


The following are precious pieces of World War One Memorabilia that showcase the Serbian contribution to the Allied Victory in the Great War.











                                                        










"Albanian Golgotha" 1915 // The Serbian march for survival


"Glitter" postcard from the Milana Bizic personal collection


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THE FOLLOWING SHOWCASES THE PERSONAL COLLECTION OF MILANA BIZIC OF PENNSYLVANIA, WHO HAS FOUND A REAL TREASURE IN WORLD WAR ONE MEMORABILIA THAT SHOWCASES SERBIA AS ONE OF THE GREAT ALLIES THAT WON THE GREAT WAR.




Dr. Victor J.W. Christie and Milana Bizic 2009

Mim writes:

"Luckily for me, I was able to add to my own collection of Allied WWI postcards Thursday, September 24, 2009 at the Renninger Flea Market near Kutztown, PA. I purchased ten additional WWI beautiful "Silks" (embroidered postcards) from Dr. Victor J.W. Christie, Appraiser and Author, and owner of THE CHESIRE CAT, LTD. The kind and knowledgeable Dr. Christie was a teacher, Superintendent of Schools, and a recognized authority on the works of Bessie Pease Gutmann. Each one of the flags I purchased from him shows the flag of Serbia (Serbia), the red/blue/white banner so familiar to us all.

Dr. Christie said that the embroidered "Silks" were first produced in 1914 through 1918 and declined greatly from 1919 onwards. The cards were hand embroidered on strips of silk mesh with as many as 25 on a strip. Mostly they were produced by French and Belgian women refugees who worked in their homes and refugee camps, and then sent the finished stirps to factories for cutting and mounting on postcards.

Because of their beauty and uniqueness, Dr. Christie said, the WWI Silks became wildly popular with British and American servicemen on duty in France. This is why the themes for most of the silks produced are patriotic and feature the British, French and American flags, symbols and greetings.

Some of the cards purchased had the central portion cut as a flap so that a tiny printed greeting card could be inserted in a pocket behind the silk front and the stiff back. One of these said, "To my Sweetheart" and definitely showed the Serbian flag...The cards became treasured mementos from "the boys over there" and are excellent examples of front-line patriotic art quite unique to that specific period in history. Dr. Christie estimates that as many as 10 million handmade cards were produced during the WWI period. In 1930 through 1945 a machine made card was produced which was simpler and plainer with less variations. These "silks", he said, never regained the popularity of their WWI predecessors."


The following images showcase Milana Bizic's beautiful new collection of WWI "Silk" postcards featuring Serbia as one of the Allied victors of the Great War.



Bizic WWI Silks Collection



Bizic WWI Silks Collection


Bizic WWI Silks Collection



Bizic WWI Silks Collection



Bizic WWI Silks Collection



Bizic WWI Silks Collection



Bizic WWI Silks Collection



Bizic WWI Silks Collection



Bizic WWI Silks Collection



Bizic WWI Silks Collection



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Aleksandra's Note:

PLEASE VISIT MILANA BIZIC'S WONDERFUL WEBSITE
 "SERBIAN HISTORY 101" AT:



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If you would like to get in touch with me, Aleksandra, please feel free to contact me at heroesofserbia@yahoo.com


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