Category: amour


                                              “I often look at your
photo, your dear face”

“I love you more than ever. I long to take
you in my arms again, what a lot of love we have missed but please God, it will
make it all the sweeter when I see you. I often look at your photo, your
dear face and think of the times we have had together, some lovely days, eh
love, and when I think again of some of the worry I have caused you, it makes
me only the more eager to get home to you to atone for all
the anxious moments you have had to put up with. You always stuck by me in all
things dear God bless you for it.”

WW1 soldier’s love letter to his beloved
wife – Bloody Good: Chivalry, Sacrifice, and the Great War – Photo: WW1 soldier – Musée
canadien de la guerre


                                                          I’m in love with a subway guard                                                          

My heart is fairly broke,

With grief I am chokin’

To Paris they won’t let me go.

And ride upon the old Metro.

It’s pretty tough, it’s mighty hard.

Cause I’m in love with a subway guard.

With a flick of her pretty hand.

She signals to the motor man.

He gives the crank a turn or two.

She gets me with those signals too,

And brakes the cars so cleverly

I know she’s often broken me.

If you want to ride free.

hit the sub with me.

But we can’t reach Paris anymore

And truly my heart is sore.

If I only thought she could care

Off to Paris I would tear

Even if I had to risk a raid

To see my Little
subway guard.

February 1918, American ambulance driver’s poem – WW1 American Field Service Bulletin # 33 – Illustration: WW1, Paris, a French subway


                                                               Love Only

“Love only can do such things — Tra la la la — It’s not our fault, it’s the fault of love.”

Last year, on Valentine’s Day, Europeana launched a
crowdsourcing project to transcribe the text of digitized WWI love
letters. This letter/song book is one of them. Here’s Europeana’s love letters.  


                                                          Kiss a ginger day!

Oh là là!

WW1 French postcard. A poilu kisses his lady.