Lithographic Postcard with Hand Applied Photographic Print
The U.S.A. Studios - Photographer
London, England
c. 1914

This postcard is rather unusually formated as it consists of a color printed lithographic image of allied nations flags along with
a hand applied oval cut photographic print of an elderly gentleman wearing his medal from a long ago campaign.

Based on the flags depicted the postcard seems to date from the early World War One era. France, Russia, Great Britain,
Belgium and Japan are all represented by their respective national banners. My guess is that the postcard was produced
during the patriotic fervor that took place during the war's early days and months. The presence of the Czarist flag of Russia
and the absence of the flag of the United States definitely dates the card to before 1917 - the year that marked Russia's exit
from the war during the Bolshevik Revolution and the United States entry into the conflict.

The oval cut photograph  depicts and elderly gentleman wearing the Canada General Service Medal with a single clasp
making him out to be a veteran of either one of the Fenian Raids that took place in Canada in 1866 and 1870 or Garnet
Wolseley's Red River Campaign also of 1870. The medal was belatedly issued in 1899 and three clasps were authorized one
for each of the above mentioned action. Just over 16,000 of the Canada General Service Medals were issued with about
15,000 of these going to local Canadian forces with the remained going the British personnel serving in Canada at the time.
Given that this man had his portrait taken in Britain he was in all likelihood one of the relatively few British troops to receive
the medal.
Left: A detailed view of the old
soldier depicted on the postcard. He
wears a scarf around his neck under
his waistcoat and his hair looks
rather windblown so it seems
possible that the photograph was
taken towards the end of the year,
possibly during the winter of 1914.
Another curious detail is the fact
that he miss-buttoned  his waistcoat.