This stamp produced during the First World War depicts the death of British nurse Edith Cavell, renowned and admired for helping save the lives of hundreds of soldiers. She was executed by German forces in occupied Belgium on October 12, 1915. Her death was memorialized in several mediums, including the stamp featured here.
Canada played a major role in the liberation of the Netherlands from Nazi occupation in the Second World War. Postcards such as this one optimistically portrayed the recently liberated Holland and the Canadian soldiers who helped secure its freedom.
Many soldiers who served in the Allied armies during the Second World War were given the opportunity to travel to far away places during different campaigns. These postcards sent by "Sandy" are proof of this.
A postcard from Antwerp, Belgium, depicting La Place de St. Nicolas. At the very center of the postcard there is a water pump featuring a statue of St. Nicholas at the top. This courtyard still exists today behind a church dedicated to this same patron saint. The sender made sure to assert the beauty of the city, despite the "poor picture".
The second postcard shows L'Hotel de Ville (city hall) and police station of Mazingarbe, France. This town is in the Pas-de-Calais region, Although it was a small village, its people "sure were friendly" according to the sender.