Absent yet Near
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TRANSCRIPTION; MESSAGE: Darling I am [illegible] on my way down to Southampton. I left Padd soon after four I trust you are well little one, do try and cheer up, I am feeling a little better. God bless you Darling. All my Love [and] Kissses Fred x x x x x x x x; SENT TO: Miss Kitty Blyth; Pheonix House; New London Rd; Chelmsford; Essex
Description(Color) Ornate lettering of a love poem accompanies an image of a soldier thinking of a young woman, presumably "back home." The postcard writer (Fred) writes on the front "Farewell Try to cheer up little girl x x x x x." The British, green stamp cost halfpenny and the card is postmarked at Southampton, a 9 P.M., on February 9, 1917. The card was sent to Kitty from Fred during his travels.
This collection previously belonged to Dominic Hibberd, an English biographer most noted for the biographies of Wilfred Owen and Harold Monro, World War I poets. He collected these postcards for research purposes.
Spurgin, Fred [illustrator]; Fred [writer of accompanying material] (2011). Absent yet Near. PHYSICAL: Art and Humour Publishing Co. (London (Europe, United Kingdom, England, Greater London)); DIGITAL: Cushing Memorial Library and Archives. Available electronically from