Just a general view of Paris….until you read the message on the other side.
An eyewitness account of the start of the First World War…the card reads;
Isleworth, Sunday 2nd August 1914.
Had to fly from here last evening, arrived home 7.30 this morning. The scenes at Paris were heart rendering last evening, quite a panic. So sorry about your papers, hope you are keeping well, Its damp so take care.
Why ‘Heart Rendering’ scenes ? Why ‘Panic’ ? It was the start of WW1.
On Saturday 1st August in at 4pm in France, the order for mobilisation was issued, though President Poincaré said it was a precaution and that a peaceful outcome might still be attainable. Posters appeared on the streets of Paris: General Mobilization. The First Day of Engagement is Sunday 2nd August.
So dear reader, not just another postcard but written testimony of how this news affected the population of Paris.