A standard letter-size envelope apparently sent by an Australian soldier on active service in New Guinea during the Second World War. New Guinea Stretcher Bearers.
A standard letter-size envelope apparently sent by an Australian soldier on active service in New Guinea during the Second World War

A standard letter-size envelope apparently sent by an Australian soldier on active service in New Guinea during the Second World War

Apart from a small portion left for the addressee's details (Mrs C.R. Briggs, in suburban Adelaide), the entire front panel is covered with a well-executed black ink and watercolour drawing of four New Guineans carrying a wounded Australian soldier through the jungle. The artwork is signed 'VX29347 R. Morrow'. The caption '"Fuzzy Wuzzy" Stretcher Bearers 1942' is written on the verso, along with the first and last lines of the title poem of 'The Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels and Other Verses' by Sapper Bert Beros, first published in 1943. The envelope has been through the post: the face is postmarked 'Army ...' (the date is illegible), and there is also an AIF censor's clearance stamp. The verso is a little marked, with a few chips and tears, but overall it is in excellent condition. We suspect that this item was the product of a little cottage industry conducted in the field by Morrow.

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