1 August 1916 - WW1 Blog - Jersey Heritage

There is news that the Admiralty and War Office have decided to more closely monitor the production of postcards, to ensure none contain images that may pose a security threat.


There is news that the Admiralty and War Office have decided to more closely monitor the production of postcards, to ensure none contain images that may pose a security threat. These include pictures of ships, aircraft or military installations. As a result, all new postcards that may fall into this category will have to be submitted for inspection before publication.

The restrictions, which also affect cards issued as cigarette packet stiffeners, are likely to come into force in September. Once approved as acceptable, all such postcards must bear the words ‘Passed for Publication’. Anyone found selling cards not passed as acceptable will have their stock impounded and be liable for prosecution.

The new regulations will have to apply in Jersey, under the provisions of the Defence of the Realm Act, with the Lieutenant Governor responsible for their enforcement. Whereas in the UK, the Press Bureau will be responsible for inspecting postcards, the Censor’s office will take on the task in the island. The Censor, Colonel Bishop, has asked for further guidance on what is and is not considered acceptable. He has expressed concerns that a lack of clarity will lead to misunderstandings.   

Associated Record:

D/Z/H2/6 contains correspondence between the Home Office, Lieutenant Governor and Censor on the new postcard restrictions and their local implementation.