This is a propaganda postcard, depicting Belgium’s Queen Elisabeth, wife of King Albert I, as a nurse, taking care of a wounded and decorated soldier.
Queen Elisabeth (1876-1965), of German descent, was often depicted as a nurse in war propaganda. She was not a nurse, but often visited wounded soldiers in hospitals, and was involved in several peace initiatives.
There is often a fine line between information and propaganda. This especially applies to war postcards such as this one.
- Full title:
- The queen taking care of our wounded soldiers in hospital
- Postcard / Illustration
- Held by:
- Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België (Bibliotheque Royale de Belgique)
- © Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België (Bibliotheque Royale de Belgique)
- Article by:
- Jenny Tobias
- The war machine
Jenny Tobias explores the work of the Red Cross in World War One, from the provision of essential relief for sick or wounded soldiers and civilians, to the establishment of the International Prisoners of War Agency.