I bought this rather tattered card for two reasons. The first is that I used to live in Winchester and regularly walked down the High Street. Secondly, I found the message interesting:
My dear EthelAnd it was addressed to
Many thanks for your P.C. Am looking forward to your letter. So you are not going this week. I don't think I am. I had a card from Flo this morning asking me to meet her in Winchester so am looking forward to seeing her. I wish you were there. We are having a dance here tonight. Two or three Controllers have been here today and all at my meal table. Love to Miss Emms. Love from Amy
RASC Supplies Office
The card is dated 6 November 1919 which ties in nicely with the address. QMAAC was the Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps, renamed in 1918 from the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps and was disbanded in 1921 when it was thought the women were no longer needed - the war effort was over. Here is the tenuous link with the Sepia Saturday theme - women during the war though in this case WWI. The women of QMAAC freed up experienced soldiers to go to the front line. There were four sections: cookery, mechanical, clerical and miscellaneous. The women didn't enlist but enrolled. They had ranks - the Controllers mentioned in the message were officers. Most stayed in the UK but some 9,000 served with the British Expeditionary Forces in France. Winchester had, and still has, strong links with the Army.
The High Street in Winchester hasn't changed very much. The shop which was Allen's Sweets has had various occupants but the last time I saw it, it was back to selling sweets - this time chocolates. Behind the Buttercross itself is the oldest building in Winchester, now a sandwich or pasty shop. There are a few "then and now" pictures on Winchester Council's site, worth looking at if you like viewing progress. Progress could be debatable because most, to my eye, seemed to look better "then" rather than "now".
This is my first entry for Sepia Saturday