I have a small but interesting collection of postcards which I am selling. There are three main themes to the collection:
1. Pre-WW1 postcards showing maps. These include anthropomorphic cards and general tourist cards with a few others which took my fancy.
2. First World War cards, usually including maps, and related to the theme of WW1.
3. World War 2 propaganda cards incuding those published in Germany prior to the war to stir up unrest regarding annexed areas which had previously belonged to Germany and other cards related to Hitler and the propaganda machinery.
Unless otherwise marked or indicated, postcards are all 10 Euro for the first card, post free, and 9 Euro for every subsequent card purchased. Please contact me if you wish to make a counter offer.
DISCLAIMER: All cards portraying Hitler and/or the swastika are purely cards on sale from my private collection which includes propaganda postcards with maps and are offered for sale to serious collectors. They are not intended to show any political point. If you require further illustrations (e.g. condition of back), please do not hesitate to contact me.
U-Boat War - U-Boot
||Two postcards devoted to the effects of the U-Boat blockade of the British Isles.
Englands Not - Dire Straits for Great Britain and U-Bootswirkung im Mittelmeer - Effects of U-Boat war in Mediterranean
Englands Not unused / Mediterranean used: both with dedication on back - Auf Anregung Gr. Majestät des Kaisers ... Verein für das Deutschtum im Ausland.
Both cards show the relevant tonnage in ships sunk by successful submarine warfare in the previous 12 months. Both cards printed and ublished by Otto Elsner in Berlin. Second card posted but stamp carefully removed taking franking.
HITLER'S DREAM - LE REVE D' HITLER
|| Two anti-German propaganda cards printed and published in France.
Card 1 - English Card 2 - French
Reverse of both cards IMPRIMÉ EN FRANCE VISA CENSURE - Printer's logo P-C PARIS in a circle - Droits de reproduction interdits pour tous pays. - Series numbers G-22 and G-6 respectively.
Both cards together €50.
Two propaganda cards - European Revue
KILL THAT EAGLE
(Töte den Adler nach englischer Auffassung)
The German eagle is being torn apart by the Allied Powers.
TÖTE DEN ADLER
nach deutscher Auffassung
The German eagle is towering over Europe with all countries fleeing except John Bull, who is bravely coming to rescue Europe.
Both cards unused with divided backs - Postkarte - in typical script of the time. Two cards together 30 Euro.
Easter card sent from Battle Front 1917
|| Postcard sent by a German soldier on 4th April 1917 to his good friend in Leipzig. Sent by Feldpost.
Mit treuem Gedenken in die Ferne
sendet herzliche Ostergrüße!
Manucfacturer's mark A. Oe. I. L. 1222 on reverse. Clean.
Feldpost - Various topographical cards
Twelve postcards showing areas of France involved in the fighting during World War One. Mixed lot of coloured and black/white cards all used except one and four of which have additiions by the writer indicating routes taken or present station of the army. Most show areas of Alsace-Lorraine or Elsaß.
1. Reliefkarte des Kampfgebietes zwischen Maas und Mosel. Dated 1914 addressed to "My dear parents". B/W.
2. Area near Mulhausen. Soldaten Brief Stempel. October 1914. Additions. B-W.
3. Area west of Metz. Soldaten Postcard. No date. Additions. B-W.
4. Das Schlachtfeld in den Vogesen. Soldaten Brief - Feldtrain. Komp. November 1914. Additions. B-W.
5. Area around Thiaucourt. Soldaten Postkarte. 1915 (?). Additions. B-W.
6. Das Schlachtfeld in den Vogesen. Soldaten Brief . Additions. B-W.
7. Das Schlachtfeld in den Vogesen. Gebweiler und St Amarintal. June 1915. Col.
8. Das Schlachtfeld in den Vogesen. Mulhausen und Umgebung. Feldpost. August 1914. Col.
9. Das Schlachtfeld in den Vogesen. Zwischen Weiler und Saales. April 1915. Col.
10. Das Schlachtfeld 1914-1915. Belfort und Umgebung. Unused.
11. Reliefkarte des Kampfgebietes zwischen Maas und Mosel (southwest of Verdun). Dated 1917. Col.
12. Reliefkarte des Kampfgebietes zwischen Maas und Mosel (southwest of Verdun). Dated 1917. Additions. Col.
Twelve cards only €36.
Triple folding card - Kaiser Wilhelm and von Hindenburg
This postcard, printed and published by Fritz Schmeller in Nürnberg folds out as a triple card. On one side there is a portrait of the Emperor William II with his army Chief of Staff von Hindenburg and the word "Niebelungentreue"; the address section; and a map showing the eastern Mediterranean flanked by the saints days for March and April. Inside there are three more maps: the low countries with parts of France and England and the saints for January; the Russian German border (February); and the Balkans. Good condition although the fold is slightly torn where a flap has been cut in to hold card closed during postage.
Nice piece of propaganda. €45.
Humoristische Landkarte - humorous map of Europe with cartoon figures within country borders
|| Postcard issued by the Hermann Becker Verlag in Munich. Approved by the Military - Militäramtlich geprüft. Is card number 15 in a long series of Humoristische Völker-Kriegskarte. Unused.
Spain has a stereotypical bullfighter while England (Great Britain) is represented by a battleship and a Scot's guard. Ivan the Russian is riding his bear and Germany is occupied by weapons of mass destrction - zeppelin and large cannon shells. Humorous rhyming text inserted into map, e.g. The great boaster Mr Grey - riding and winning is secondary.
Propaganda card - probably a flyer - hold-to-the-light
|| German war propaganda card aimed at French/Belgian troops fighting in the trenches. Text has Où le Tommy est-il resté? and depicts (French-speaking) soldiers falling on the barbed wire at the front. However, when held against the light one sees British troops enjoying themselves in a bar with several ladies, one dressed seductively.
Probably dropped from a plane into the trenches. Wrinkled and back is grubby. Unused as postcard and only pencil annotations added much later. A very interesting card from the time.
Die neue deutsch-polnische Grenzen - pre-WW2 propaganda
Propaganda card issued between the wars. This is a double card folding out as shown. On one side is the new German-Polish border with areas in brown (German Empire), pink (land given over to Poland without any referendum), green (Upper Silesia) and striped (the city of Danzig).
The printer's imprint is (thought to read): Vertrieb: Landkartenhandlung Dietrich Reimer (Ernst Vohlen) Berlin SW48.
Text appeals to those Germans still living in the previously German region not to move away and not to take on Polish nationality.
Card is folded along the middle but no signs of wear and tear along the crease. Unusual card. €25.
Two patriotic WW1 cards
Nelson's column and Union Jack:
ENGLAND EXPECTS THAT EVERY MAN THIS DAY WILL DO HIS DUTY.
Union Jack, royal standard and small map of British Isles:
Come the three corners of the world in arms,
And we shall shock them: nought shall make us rue,
If England to itself do rest but true.
Two (presumably from a series of six) unused cards with plain backs, not divided, - POST CARD - with space for stamp: AFFIX 1/2D STAMP Inland. 1D STAMP Foreign. No publisher's name but Series 19A and 19E respectively on front. Two cards €10 each or together €15.
The Kaiser's Arrival in Hell (official)
A Meeting was called of those who dwell,
Down in the innermost Depths of Hell.
The Chairman was one who is known to be pious -
He goes by the Name of Old Ananias.
There were murderers, thieves and Whitaker's Wrights
And the Devil was there to stop any fights.
A number of Germany arrived very late,
but quite soon enough to boast of their fate.
Postcard with poem commemorating the German Emperor's status as the greatest liar and worthy of his place in hell. The postcard has not been used, has no address separation field and space for a Halfpenny Stamp.
Five postcards advertising "Die Grosse Zeit"
These six cards all show different areas affected by the war of 1914-1918. Each card has a section Kennen Sie schon "Die Grosse Zeit" with text advertsing a new magazine published by a German publishing house. All cards have plain backs (unused) with B Z Kriegskarte (BZ = Berliner Zitung I think). Was probably a series but no numbers to identify number in complete set. I have five cards:
1. Bulgaria and Turkey around the Sea of Marmaris.
2. Southeast England and northwest France.
3. Paris with defences.
4. Paris and surroundings as far as Orleans and Amiens.
5. Black Sea with parts of Romania and Russia.
Five cards €20.
Two cards issued on Declarations of War - Germany celebrates and Allied in Honour
Unusual card as it shows Peace (PAX) turning away from the world in horror as flames break out along the eastern seaboard of the USA. At the bottom of the globe there are clouds (of smoke) and Kriegserklärungen - Declarations of War - and the dates that the different parties declared war on each other are listed on the left. Theses begin with Austria's declaration of war against Serbia on July 29th 1914 and finish May 4th 1917 with Guatemal against Germany.
FOR FREEDOM - card with flags of the World War One allies issued by Tuck - one of the biggest postcard publishing houses in the UK - and part of their "Oilette" series (no. 3130). Unused with explanation of the flags depicted on reverse - ALLIED IN HONOUR.
Four propaganda World War One cards from four different countries
Four World War One cards from four different countries
CARD 1: French card urging people to buy bonds in order to support the war. Unused. pencil markings only on back.
nous vaincrons parceqe nous sommes les plus forts SOUSCRIVEZ AUX BONS d'ARMEMENT
CARD 2: British card showing small portion of Europe (Galicia-Silesia) with "War" Series No. 3. Unused, H. G. R. & Co.
CARD 3: Italian card showing areas of contention. Four colours to show countries at war (Allies yellow, Axis red) and neutral (brown and green). 26 flags of nations to right, all European (Britain represented by red ensign!). Published in Milan; A Prina & C.
CARD 4: Primitive (facsimile?) card showing the battle manouevres at Coronell which led to the sinking of the Scharnhorst on 1st November 1914. Text in German "Erinnerung der Seeschlacht bei Coronell" but small south American stamp "Valparaiso - Santiago" on reverse.
Postcards from the Marsa Wona Taschenatlas series
Twenty postcards of the very large Marsa Wona series of geographical postcards. These postcards are taken from a large map of western Europe showing most of France published circa 1914 or even earlier and issued at a scale of 1:200 000. The Marsa Wona publishing house of Königswartha in Saxony issued the map in their pocket atlas (Taschenatlas). Further copies were taken to create the postcards of which I have 20 for sale as one lot.
From the differing backs it is apparent that there were several issues of the cards. Almost all cards unused, some grubby, a couple with markings where, presumably, a soldier has attempted to show where he was stationed at a particular time.
€50 for twenty different cards.
Eight geographical cards - Theatre de la Guerre 1914-15
Eight postcards issued in Brussels between 1914-1915. All cards are unused and bear title Carte Postale on reverse with divided back - Correspondence and Adresse. All of the cards have the publisher's imprint: Edit. G. Rinquet, Bruxelles. Two appear to be a later printing with a different font type plus a small logo top left (medallion with GR initials). They appear to be part of a series but are unnumbered.
1. Théatre de la Guerre, 1914-1915 / Alsace Lorraine
2+3. Allemagne (two cards with differing backs) Théatre de la Guerre,
4. Théatre de la Guerre, 1914-1915 / Les Dardanelles etc
5. Iles Britanniques / Théatre de la Guerre,
6. Belgique / Théatre de la Guerre,
7. France / Théatre de la Guerre,
8. Peninsule des Balkans / Théatre de la Guerre,
Westliche Kriegsschauplätze - Geographical Cards 1914-1918 - 6 card set
The six cards in this series made up a set showing the western theatre of war towards the beginning of the First World War. Five of the cards are unused and one has an address but no message or stamp. In addition I have a double of card 6 which was sent from a German soldier in May 1915. This card was presumably sent to the soldier's girlfriend or close friend ("My Dearest Mimi" in German) and was sent from K.D.Feldpostex. 10. Ersatz-Div. two days after the writer sent it (5th/7th May). All cards have a small vignette of an infantry attack above correspondence space.
All cards have a title box beginning: Westl. Kriegschauplatz.
6. Südeuropa-Westl. Mittelmeer
Kaiser Wilhelm II - two WW1 geographical cards
Two World War 1 cards depicting Emperor Wilhem II in a medallion oval top left and a section of Germany circa 1914. The first card has the Baltic Sea with German territory in Prussia; the second card has eastern Germany and its border to Russia after complete annexation of Poland. Reverse is unused, divided back, Ser. 2710 and has the printer and publisher's imprint: Druck u. Verlag Selmar Bayer, Berlin SO. 36, Reichenberger Str. 79-80.
Östliche Kriegsschauplätze - Geographical Cards 1914-1918 - 4 cards of 6 card set
The six cards in this series made up a set showing the eastern theatre of war towards the beginning of the First World War. Five of the cards offered are unused. In addition I have a double of card 3 which was sent from a German soldier in May 1915. This card was presumably sent to the soldier's mother or friend and was sent from K.D.Feldpostex. The rest is illegible but there is a second stamp DER 11. ARMEE.. All cards have a small vignette of two soldiers greeting above correspondence space.
All cards have a title box beginning: Östl. Kriegschauplatz.
1. Finnischer Meerbusen-St. Petersburg
3. Galizien-Lublin-Warschau (1 used, 1 unused; slightly different colour shading)
4. Bkowina-Südwest Rußland - Nordrumänien
5.Öster.-Serb. Kriegsschaupl.-Adriatisches Meer (x 2, one with darkened edges; the two cards differ with the addition of extra place names)
Westlicher Kriegsschauplatz - Belfort und Umgebung - mit Zeppelin
Sepia postcard showing the area around Belfort - Westlicher Kriegsschauplatz - Belfort und Umgebung - while flying overhead is a Zeppelin. Card is unused with divided back with printer/publisher imprint: Kunstverlag Eng. Felle, Isny, Wttbg. No obvious creases or blemishes.
World War One German propaganda card - Unsere Feinde
Sepia-coloured postcard depicting Unsere Feinde - Our Enemies - with small views of French, Russian, Belgian and English (actually Scottish!) soldiers in insets labelled FRANKREICH, RUSSLAND, BELGIEN and ENGLAND.
Title line reads: Wir Deutschen fürchten Gott sonst nichts in der Welt (We Germans fear none but God!) and there is an six line verse:
Und wenn die Welt voll Teufel wär,
Und wollt' uns gar verschlingen
So furchten wir uns nicht so sehr.
Es wird uns doch gelingen
Sie allesamt hinauszuhau'n
Aus unseres Vaterlandes Gau'n.
Used and franked but the stamp has been torn off. Extra red stamp indicating card was sold in aid of the German Red Cross. Copious crossings out of message (censorship?).
Letter to King George from his cousin Kaiser Wilhelm
Propaganda card issued by the British as a response to the build-up of German maritime forces. The card purports to come from Potsdam, Berlin in September 1914 but was actually printed and published by E. MACK, KING HENRY'S RD, HAMPSTEAD, LONDON.
The message begins: Mine dear Cousin, How vos you going along? How you vos? Do not kom to see me for I like not your ships. I vos kom to see you if you move dem ships away. Do not be frightened, I kom for your goots!
Unused, clean back. €20
German WW1 propaganda card - Und Großbritannien klein!
The card presents a poem in German about the fall of England (i.e. Great Britain).
And Great Britain (now) small
Upon the seas there was once a single ruler, but since she crawled back into her harbours, who still fears England's fleet? The magic has gone!
There was once also a flag so proudly raised as a symbol from pole to pole - today the flag is only safe when it is cowardly hidden away.
It used to be a thing of pride to be a citizen of England - whether on land, in the air, or at sea - this great name has vanished and Great Britain is small.
With apologies to the writer Rudolf Dietz.
Card is used and there is a long message stretching around the front and back of the card. Written 15th May 1915, stamp of K. D. Feldpoststation No. 100 15/12. Second stamp 4. Kompagnie * Landsturm-Inf-Batl * Reutlingen and addressed to Mrs Maria Keller in Tübingen only a few miles away.
Gruss von der Musterung - bin tauglich befunden - Called up and accepted!
This is typical for a large number of cards produced in the lead up to WW1 and during the early months. The picture shows a group of young German men being given a medical check up before acceptance into the army - Musterung. There is the symbol of the elegraph office and the text + bin tauglich befunden + (accepted) to appear as a telegram. Back of card is clean and unused with logo of printer (girl in local costume headdress, possibly Black Forest) but the front has been used. The spaces on the telegram for sent (Ausgefertigt) has been filled in (9:05 a.m. and sent (Schwarenberg 24.6. at 9:55 a.m.). In addition pencil addition Infanterie Nachersatz on front.
Der Welt Krieg - German WW1 Feldpost postcard 1915
Cartoon propaganda card of the time. This card shows German and Austrian troops fending off attacks from all sides. This version actually has armed forces and not caricature figures and troops from Algeria (bedouin) and Egypt (soldier) are portrayed as serious troops. Front is clean even though card was used. It bears the stamp of the K. D. Feldpostex. der 58. Inf. Div. and is dated 19th November 1915. Soldatenbrief stamp. Imprint: B. B. & O. L. G.M.B.H.
Hark! hark! The dogs do bark!
Fascinating Serio-comic map of Europe, showing a satirical depiction of Europe at War which I believe first appeared as a map sheet by G W Bacon in 1914 although it was copiously copied, the original sheets being sold with a note by Walter Emanuel.
Interesting dog-orientated interpretation of the political situation in Europe in 1914, in which many of the principal countries of Europe are defined in distinctly canine terms. “The Dogs of War have been let loose in Europe...” begins the accompanying text below the map. Germany is identified as an aggressive helmeted Dachshund, its Austrian ally a yapping Mongrel, Belgium a tiny & easily mauled Griffon, France a dandified Poodle and Britain a watchful Bulldog, biting the Dachshund’s nose.
Other European countries are identified by figures which are equally amusing - a Spanish bullfighter; a smiling Dutchman; a knife-wielding Greek ready to stab his neighbours in the back; an Italian carabinieri with pistol in hand; a cold-footed Swiss mountaineer; a Russian bear at whose side a massive steamroller moves westward, the Tsar at its steering wheel; a kneeling Turk with French lapdog in tow; and Britain be-straddled by the figure of a giant sailor from whose hands flow strings to which are attached numerous battleships - a reference to Britain’s impressive naval strength.
This example is black and white (dark sepia) and is obviously a cheap copy of the original. The back is very amateurish with faint division, faint space for stamp but all printed upside down. The title has reference to Emanuel even though the note is missing. This may be a later facsimile. No guarantees.
Russian propaganda card 1914
Sadly I can't read Russian to understand the title of this card but it apppears to be dated 1914 so would be contemporary to many circulating at the beginning of World War 1. It shows the various countries of Europe as small caricatures with some taking on the outline of the country they represent, hence most of Scotland is a sailor (?) fitting the eastern coast while Portugal's character exactly fits the contours of the country. The English representative appears to be seizing northern France, the Austrian is firing his gun in the direction of the Balkans and a German infantry soldier is attacking a French dragoon.To the right, and towering over all the others, is a Russian soldier.
Slightly grubby and worn at corners but otherwise good. €20.00
PreWW2 German card - Gdansk/Poland - Der Hafen von Danzig
In the period between the two World Wars many German publishers issued postcards describing the areas which had been affected by treaties following the defeat in World War One. These cards were partly to describe the geography to a public who might live in other parts of Germany but some may have had stronger political motives.
This coloured card shows Gdansk or Danzig in Poland, which after the Treaty of Versailes, was designated a free port and lists the general economic statistics relevant to that important port. For example, we learn that the port is equipped with the latest facilities for the loading and unloading of goods and there is an abundance of warehouses. The statistics for 1930 inform us that 8.2 million tons of goods were shifted annually.
Unused, Postkarte, Verlag: Danziger Verlags-gesellschaft m. b. H., Danzig, Nr. 616. Slightly creased throughout. Unusual. €10.
PreWW2 German card - Bischofswerder (Westpr.) - Results of Versaille Treaty - Stahlhelm Bund
In the period between the two World Wars many German publishers issued postcards describing the areas which had been affected by treaties following the defeat in World War One. These cards were partly to describe the geography to a public who might live in other parts of Germany but some may have had stronger political motives.
This uncoloured card shows Bischoffswerder, which after the Treaty of Versailes, was split in two by the border passing through it. The major bone of contention listed here is the loss of outlying villages which made up important suburbs and the cessation of rail traffic as the new border was only a few meters along the track to the east. In response a new rail line had to be built connecting Bischofsweredr with Freystadt to the north. I believe the publisher - Der Stahlhelm Bund - was a very right wing patriotic group originally founded by ex-front-line soldiers.
Unused, Postkarte, Vertrieb: Wirtschaftsabt. des Stahlhelm-Bundes "Der Stahlhof" Versandges. m.b.H., Magdebug. Dated 1933. Fairly good throughout. Unusual. €15.
German propaganda card circa 1922 with patriotic song text
This card is split in two parts: the lower part is a verse written by Anton Dhorn apparently in the spring of 1922 in Chemnitz. The upper section is a collage of three maps: 1914 Die Zeit eilt (urgent!) showing "Germany" (i.e. the Germany of the time) plus areas of "Czechoslovakia" and Austria and eastwards, i.e. the Austro-Hungarian Empire territories of 1914: 1919 teilt (split) with the German territories left after the Treaty of Versailles with Saarland, Austria and the Danzig corridor left in white; and 19 .. heilt (healed) whereby the "white territories of the previous map are now red to show German possessions once again.The surrounding scrollwork frame is supposed to arouse images of Wagner and the Niebelungenlied! Although the last line finishes time heals (es heilt die Zeit) this is meant to imply something will be done to make it come about.
Postkarte used and stamped although date illegible and printed by Südmarkverlag, Wien 7/1, Mariahilfestraße 98. €20.
Two German propaganda cards issued 1938 / 1939
The two cards presented here show how cards could be adapted. The first cards were probably those with Hitler, map of Germany and the simpler line (Ein Volk ...) but the card was adapted and an extra line introduced after the annexation of Austria on 13th March 1938. All cards show the "united" Germany. It was reissued prior to the Reichstagwahl of 10th April with special stamp (see example above).
However, the simpler line may have been introduced when areas east of the Austrian border were acquired on 1st October 1938. The second card has a sticker added showing Krumau, Eger, Asch, Karlsbad and Reichenberg which were taken (Silesia, Bohemia etc). There is also extra text where Poland would be: We are also free. Freeing of Poland 2-5 November 39.
The first card is fairly common but the second card is rare. Second card sent "Feldpost" with appropriate stamps 4th November 1939. Both cards €25.
NOTE: All German cards portraying Hitler and/or the swastika are on sale from my private collection which includes propaganda postcards with maps and are offered for sale to serious collectors.
The Glory of a Lion and Good Luck & Safe Return
Two patriotic First World War postcards.
The Glory of a Lion is his Mane: card has lion's head and Union flag. In the mane the names of the Allied Poer are hidden: Canada, India, Australia, New Zealand, African Colonies. Card has been used and cancelled (possibly reads 21st January 1915). Writer makes a note "Look at Mane" on reveerse.
Good Luck & Safe Return: Unused card with poem praying for a safe return written by H B Cohen: When duy called, you answered,/And bravely took your stand,/ For Britain, - our dearLand,/ I hope that you will soon return,/...
Den Tractaatverbreker Gestraft. Le Parjure Puni!
Patriotic anti-German postcard from World War One in Dutch and French.
Punishing the the contract breaker. Text in Dutch and French showing Germany (Wilhelm II) being stabbed through the hand witzh a bayonet as punishment for breaking his side of an agreement. Card printed: DRUKK, WEO. JANSSENS, EN ZOON, BORG. Card has line of text (illegible - Sutterlin script) on reverse. Undivided back Carte Postale.
Four humoristic anti-Britain propaganda
Four cards printed and published in Germany before/during World War One (all unused).
1. Goddam, da habe ich mir eine schöne Suppe eingebrockt!
Oh my goodness. I have stirred something up now (Suppe is soup). John Bull facing the might of the German fleet with only a small ship - Queen Luise" sailing to engage. Kriegs-Gedenk-Postkarte. Patriotic text on reverse and iron cross.
2. Ein Zukunftsbild
A vision of the future. John Bull relaxing at home while his dogs of war (a bulldog) are fighting in Belgium. Card issued by a right wing group urging people to join the German Fatherland Party.
3. Panik an der Themse
Panic on the Thames. British sailor protecting his fleet all safe in the Thames but startled to see a dead cat drifting towards his ships: "Oh, no! Something more is coming!" Card 10 of the series "Lustigen Blätter."
4. England hält alle seine Häfen besetzt!
England has all ports occupied - a pun on the word "Häfen" (also used for chamber pot). British soldiers "doing their little pile" around the southeast ports of England.
Humoristic card with caricature figures in Europe
One of a series - Humoristische Völker-Kriegskarte Nr. 5 - published by Hermann Becker publishing house in Munich.
Used card, stamped 23rd September 1914. It shows the various European countries preparing for the outbreak of war accompanied by some message. England is shown, for example, with the face of Chamberlain "Mir wird ganz mies!" - I am feeling really bad. Germany is a normal soldier (the popular German figure was Michel) Fest steht und treu - Steadfast and loyal. Serbia is a wolf "Now there will be a real pigsty!" Italy has no figure We remain neutral. Russia, which assisted Gernmany in the extermination of Poland is shown as a face with moustache and the "new" territories make up its nose - "I have really poked my nose into something".
Englische Schwindelpresse! The lying English press!
Propaganda card from WW1 protesting at lies in British newspapers.
Die Erfolge unserer lieben Franzosen und Russen sind so grossartig, dass wir gar nicht erst mitzutun brauchen. Uberall drängen sie siegreich nach Berlin.
Typical (stereotypical) Englishman in row boat reading his newspaper while the Allied Powers hurtle at high speed towards Berlin in their trains while German and Axis soldiers flee. Used card posted from a German training camp at Elsenborn 4th March 1915.
The victories of our dear French and Russian allies are so great that we do not need to do anything ourselves at the moment. They are pushing onwards towards Berlin! (Rough translation.)
Die Berlinreise des Dreiverbandes - wurde wegen schlechter Bahnverbindung aufgegeben
The Berlin trip for a band of three - has been cancelled due to poor rail connections!
Used card - Feldpostkarte - sent from camp (K D Feldpoststation) in October 1915. Clear stamp and additional stamp showing it was checked (censor) at Infantry Regiment 71. Front shows a band of three - British, French and Russian - eyeing up Berlin, with a view to travelling there. The reverse has a parody song text set to a popular melody of the time which begins:
Drei Knaben wollten nach Berlin hinein, Der eine über die Weichsel, der andere über den Rhein.
Es lebe "Hoch" die deutsche Waffe und Einigkeit
German infantryman raising the German flag over England.
Unused card with WELTKRIEG 1914 stamped in middle of top and where the correspondence goes there is a further stamp ROTES KREUZ FRANKFURT-M. Obviously sold or issued to further the work of the Red Cross station in Frankfurt am Main.
Nu so sollen es die deutschen letzten Krieg gewesen sein
Nur so soll es die deutschen/ letzten Krieg gewesen sein!/ dann Völker rüstet ab dann/gibt es Weltenfrieden! (Yellow text top left)
Used postcard posted in September 1914. Reverse bears the stamp of Welt-Postverein, Postkarte Feldpostkarte. Above space for correspondence is a small vignette with four soldiers after a battle and the text: Nur unter der Flagge Schwarz-Rot-Gold / organisiertes Völkerwandern kann uns den / Weltenfrieden tauschen im Neubundstaat der / Niederländer=Deutschen=Österreicher= / Osmannen.
Wer unsre Besten Blut erzwingt/ muß uns das schwr bezahlen:/ Rußland an Land, Frankreich an Gold. (Yellow text bottom left.)
Wir deutsche/ wollens sein ü/ bleiben Ein/ ewiger Schut:/ wall der Kultur./ Sanft wirds/ (....): deutscher/ wollen/ In Ehren/ siegen oder /untergehen. (Yellow text top right.)
The Kaiser's Dream
Propaganda card written in German and referring to an article in a British newspaper.
The German Kaiser on his way by train or carriage to London passing a workhouse in a small view top left of a map of Europe with each country named as a Republic! The title piece reads: Vergrößerte Auschnitt / Zeichnung / The Kaiser's Dream / die in der englischen Wochenschrift "Truth" Weihnachten 1880 erschien. Besitzer und herausgeber dieses Blattes, dessen Auflage damals über eine Million betrug, war der Staatsmann und Freimaurer Henry Labouchére, M.P.
Possible later facsimile. Reverse has divided back split with single word ARGENTA.
Nur feste druff! Bruder Oesterreich. Wir schaffen's!
Propaganda card from World War one.
Used card - Kriegs Karte - posted in Stendhal on 12th October 1914. Depicts German and Austrian soldiers holding off the might of Europe, England crawling slowly into play, Serbia already running, while Japan is sneakily stealing Kioutschau. Verlag Hermann Wolff of Berlin. Back is spoilt as something must have stuck to it in the past which was later peeled off but not very carefully.
Poor Belgium - two WW1 cards
Two early World War One cards depicting Belgium as helpless bystander.
Card One: King Albert stretching his long legs to cross the English Channel. Humorous verse (freely translated!): Oh dear Albert, tall Albert. What have you gone and done? You wanted to move to Berlin and now must flee to London! Unused Kriegs Karte from publisher Hermann Wolff of Berlin.
Card Two: Another card from Hermann Wolff from his series Humoristische Völkerkriegskarte Nr 12. King Leopold of Belgium (as angel) with wall map of Europe on which Belgium has vanished. Humorous verse: Und Leopold i Himmel oben / Sucht auf der Karte u. auf Globen, / Schon wollen ihm die Sinne schwinden, / Denn er kann Belgien niemehr finden.
Two cards - €25.00
The division of Europe - to Britain's advantage
John Bull taking an axe to Germany. Russia is coming in to lend a hand, Japan is providing support, and meanwhile France is taking the best bits (e.g. Berlin) and putting them in her bag.
Plain back, unused, Postkarte, no imprint, paper browning, slightly ragged on upper right edge. Humorous verse reads: "O Brudär Englischmään. Du muß / Beim Teilen nicht vergeß den Ruß -" / Uns Japanese gibst Du Kiautschau -" / "Ach so. Und Belgien kriegt alleine hau"? / "Beruhigt Euch. Ich teile allen gleich: / Frankreich bekommt Berlin und ich das Deutsche Reich."
Jetzt hab' ich es aber endlich satt! Enough is enough!
Humorous card issued crca 1914.
The German national hero - Michel - is fighting sigle-handedly against England, Russia and France and sending them all packing.
Unused card from Gustav Pielmeier publishing house in Düsseldorf. Frame around correspondence/address section. No. 8: implying one of a series. Clean.
"Die Würfel sind gefallen" Der Weltkrieg
An arly World War One propaganda card using the expression World War. Title: The die has been cast!
German ansd Austrian soldier fighting off armed fighters from the Allied countries although there are humorous jokes being played. Belgium is suffering a bloody nose and Turkey has a wounded arm. While Russia is attacking "sneaky" japn is poking him with a small bayonet. England is towing its navy into view on the horzon.
Unused Kriegs-Karte. May have had rounded edges to begin with but they are now decidedly round /trimmed.
KENT - The Doorway of England
I had rather be a doorkeeper in the County of Kent than dwell in the tents of the Huns.
Soldier standing guard before a (castle?) door - No Germans Admitted. Relief map of Kent. Stamped with a One Penny red stamp.
Reverse: Designed and Printed in Faversham, Kent, at Voile & Roberson's Library. Used and dated 12th April 1915. Message in French to Cher Roger, and sent to Nogent-sur-Marne.
Skylla und Charybdis - anthropomorphic relief map of Kiel Sound
One of my favourite pre World War One cards. Looking quickly you can see two faces - the Scylla and Charybdis of mythology.
The face text reads: Do you speak english? Nee, nich in die Tüte, wir reden deutsch. [No way! We speak German] / Die Skylla und Charybdis / Die naturlichen Grenzen unseres Kieler Kriegshafens. [the natural borders to our Kiel Naval port.]
Used card sent from Kiel on 27th January 1914 (i.e. several months before any declaration of war). The explanation on the back explains the significance of the three heads. The large head on the left is the British Empire in the form of a sailor. Opposite him is the girl-like countenance of Germania, representing the German Empire, and further right she is flanked by the pretty Viennese girl, repesenting the Austro-Hungarian Empire. As Britain is dominant this figure is proportionally larger than the other two.
Three WW1 cards concentrating on North Sea - Western Theatre of War
Three postcards circa 1914 and showing the North Sea and areas affected by war.
CARD 1; Unusual folding out double card. No title but shows Germany, Belgium, France and the Netherlands. Large expanse of North Sea.Both cards on reverse used and letter to My Dear Sister (Miss M Peters). Feldpost (in pencil) but undated.
CARD 2: Westlicher Kriegsschauplatz and area both sides of the English Channel and the North Sea. Unused. Kriegspostkarte with attractive frame and Iron Cross. W Hagelberg AG in Berlin.
CARD 3: Seekriegskarte von der Nordsee. Larger overall view of North Sea and Baltic with all of British Isles. Unused: M. S. i. B.
Auf Land und Meer, viel Feind - viel Ehr!
Auf Land und Meer, viel Feind - viel Ehr!
On land and on sea, many foes - much honour!
Map of state of affairs in 1914. Dark sepia card with countries shaded to show affiliations; "Dreierbund", i.e. axis powers; Enemy nations; and neutral countries. Used card with pencil writing sent as Feldpost on 12th November 1914.
Der Kriegsschauplatz in Russisch-Polen
Der Kriegsschauplatz in Russisch-Polen = Theatre of War in Russian-occupied Poland
Small map of area Turek / Kolo (top left) to Opatov (bottom right) centred on Tomaschow but including Warsaw (top right). Photos of Polish towns: Tschenstochow (two views), Warsaw and Kalisch with two views of the catholic church of the Pauline monastery in Tschenstochow or Częstochowa.
Unused. Logo in "stamp box" of letters NBC within triangle (sun star).
Hold against the light postcard
Worauf beruhet Deutschlands Macht? / Auf eigner Kraft und treuer Wacht!
Und diese Wacht erscheint sogleich, / Halt gegen Licht dies Deutsche Reich.
On what does Germany's might depend? On our own strength and constant defence!
And this defence comes into sight, hold the German Empire up to the light!
Hold the postcard up to the light and the German defences are revealed - an infantryman before a large battle cruiser and in the North Sea a U-boat. Used card sent from Feldpoststation No. 95 probably on or about 24th June 1915. Also has a further stamp which seems to read Königliche Preussische XVI Armee.
Auf diesem Gelände ...
Auf diesem Gelände werde ich mal ordentlich meinen Helm absetzen.
Upon this land I will place my helmet.
The characteristic German helmet - Die Pickelhaube - being flown over Belgium by the royal eagle. Unused card by Stengel. Imprint: Verlag Kunsthandlung Emil Richter, Dresden. u(nd) Kunstanstalt Stengel & Co., GmbH, Dresden. 49385.
In Treue fest!
In Treue fest! In true loyalty!
Sie tauschen ein in ernster Stunde At this dark hour they exchange
Den Brudereid zum heil´gen Krieg, the the sacred oath to holy war
Und laut schall´s wie aus einem Munde: and from one mouth comes a roar
Mit Gott fürs Vaterland zum Sieg. with God for our fatherland and victory.
Used card depicting the two emprrs. Light blue pencil writing (typical) sent by a soldier serving with the 9th Württemberg Infantry Regiment on 21st may 1915. Published by E Sanwald of Esslingen.
Sieges=Sonne im Osten
Victory Sun in the East
Commander-in-Chief of the German forces von Hindenburg (shown) had considerable success in the early stages of World War One especially in the east and culminating in the battel of Allenstein which was also known as Tannenberg evoking victories of the past.
Unused card with logo of publisher (BL in circle with silhouette of a town, possibly Leipzig). The verse Die Wacht im Osten is printed on reverse which begins Der Russen heer mit raub und Brand.
Unsere Führer: Hindenburg und Hötzendorf
The two Commanders-in-Chief of the armies of Germany and Austria study their battle maps.
Used card sent within Germany by standard post (green 5 pf stamp) to a young woman. Franked Berlin 8th October 1915.
Invalidendank - Wohlfahrtskarte
Interesting card sold to raise money for charity.
The illustration shows the Emperor Wilhelm II with his troops near Jaroslau which lies south of Warsaw and east of Krakau near today's border with the Ukraine.
Unused card sold as Invalidendank for 10 pfennig with 3 pfennig going to charity. Publisher was the Invalidendank organisation itself and this card has the address of supplier as the Farbenphotolithographische Gesellschaft in Stuttgart. Reverse spoilt where one area has had something stuck to it and removed but card still mainly good.
Sieg unsern vereinigten Waffen!
Victory to our combined arms!
Unused card with simple publisher's logo on reverse (L&P in triangle and number 1637. Depicts German and Austrian infantrymen tearing holes in a map with their bayonets. Symbolically they are guarding against the Russian troops on horseback stationed along the Austro-Hungarian border at galicia.
Du, das muss anders werden!
Atlas being told to redraw the map of Euope.
An Austrian and a German soldier are watching Atlas (?) as he draws lines on his map along the northern balkans. "Hey, that has to be diffent!" they call out. Unused card issued by the Bund der Deutschen in Böhmen (Union of Germans in Bohenmia) with their address as Krakauergasse in Prague. We are told the card is number 329 and it was designed by A Marussig. Anton Marussig was a talented painter and illustrator and was well-known at the time.
Der Befreier des Ostens
Another postard celebrating von Hindenburg as "The Saviour of the East!"
The emperors of Germany and Austria flanking Hindenburg who is standing behind a dead or dying bear, symbolising his defeat of the Russians. Various forts are stylistically depicted in the fore ground: Königsberg, Posen, Breslau, Thorn and Graudenz.
Used card with writing only in the correspondence side, no address or stamp, i.e. no franking. A Kosel, Lugau, SDa(xony?) as publisher.
Victory at Allenstein - The Battle of Tannenberg
Two cards celebrating the famous victory at Allenstein on 28th August 1914.
These two cards celebrate the famous victory of 150 000 German troops up against 200 000 Russians just south of Allenstein on 28th August 1914. This was the largest ever military engagement at that time and secured the eastern front for the Axis powers. Later the battle would be renamed as the Tannenberg Battle to evoke the previous famous battle that had taken place there 500 years before against the combined Polish-Lithuanian forces.
Both cards unused. Card left has plain back. Published by STUCO Kunstgewerbl. Werkstätte in Allenstein.
Card right has a small vignette at head of correspondence section showing the Tannenberg memorial building at Hohenstein n East Prussia. This was built in the 1920s and v. Hindenburg was buried there when he died in 1934. Hence this and maybe the second card are probably later propaganda cards.
Karte des Kriegsschauplatzes - 3 cards of the European Theatre of War
Mini-series of three cards showing the European countries most affected by World War One.
Three cards - all unused - from the same publisher: H & S B in small logo centrally on rear. No other marking except division line, line for town and No. 1798, (defaced) and 1797 respectively. Thwe cards show the western, central and eastern countries of Europe. There are red markers (small star clusters) where particularly fierce fighting occurred on each card.
U-Boat Warfare - U-Boot Krieg
Two postcards devoted to the Submarine Warfare of the First World War
Zum Unterseekrieg - Submarine Warfare and Westl. Kriegsschauplatz - Western Theatre of War
Black and white card with submarine periscope, fist and zeppelin in North Sea. Used card sent from the war front (Der XIX Ersatz-Division) and posted 16th June 1915. Printed and published H M Colditz of Dresden.
Coloured card with perimeter "fence" depicting the blockade of the British Isles. Unused card, one of a series published as Kriegshilfe in Munich. One card to be collected and pasted into the "Zum GLORIA-VICTORIA ALBUM".
The Division of Germany - Wie unsere Feinde Deutschland aufteilen wollen!
Two postcards probably from the end of World War One. Both purport to show how the Allied Forces / Powers intend to split Germany up betwen them.
Coloured card was published by the Kretzschmar printing house in Stuttgart. Unused. According to the card the coloured areas would be appropriated by the various powers, e.g. England taking the area around Munster (green) or Russia and France the northeast and southwest areas (respectively in blue). There is a reference to Publikations-Artistiques in Paris at the side.
The black and white card by Kunstverlag Astholz jun. in Hannover, makes further reference to a French original drawing/map and has the title Le partage de l'Allemagne - Division of Germany and a fnother heading above in German: Wie die Franzosen die Rechnung ohne den Wirt machten or How the French drew up the bill without consulting the landlord!
1920 - Schleswig Abstimmung - Schleswig goes to the Polls
Two cards printed in early 1920 in preparation for the referendum which took place in Schleswig, north Germany, in April 1920.
Das Abstimmungsgebiet in Schleswig and 1 MARK TINGLEFF / TINGLEV
Coloured card showing which area was affected by the referendum held in April and the reverse (unused, card browning, rounded edges) explains whio is allowed to vote and imploring Germans to have their birth certificate ready for the voting booth.
Black and white card , possibly a photographic copy, shows the commune of Tingleff or Tinglev and various flags and is actually the front and back of a bank note used or intended to be used in that particular commune. Unusual.
Other WWI - WW2 postcards
Double folding card of the so-called "Corridor".
Danziger Verlags-Gesellschaft. Unused but address section defaced (surface damage to paper).
Two cards showing the "Corridor" published by Georg Westermann publishing house of Braunschweig (New Brunswick). Both cards unused and both have (differing) explanatory text below and on reverse (in small panel above message area). Left: Regierungsbezirk Westpreussen (see a variation of this card below) and right; Provinz Westpreussen. Both cards have added stamp of previous owner / card dealer (Erich Kind of Mühlau).
Unusual "moving" card showing division of Hungary. Moving the dial causes the annexed areas to move away from the core.
Published by the Hungarian Women's National Association.
Another "mechanical" card: this time when the wheel is turned the areas acceded to Poland are shown in red.
D.R.G.M. Franz Lindner. Stamp of the Bund Hemattreuer Oberschlesier. Back scuffed and dirty, stamp clear. Slight tear front by "DIKTAT".
Card showing patriotic feelings when the Saarland was given a referendum as to whether to return to Germany.
Druck Otto Enke, Cottbus. Used with Hamel(i)n postmark.
Hitler and Böhmen and Mähren centrally with Silesia coloured green surrounding them..
Two unused copies: both have slogan Ein Volk etc and date 1.10.1938. Two different postage stamps (Czechoslovakia) but the same franking: Breitenbach - im befreiten Sudetenland and date 4.10.1938 "Einmarsch".
Two cards €15
Outrage at the effects of a referendum held in 1920 whereby the land around Hultschin passed to Czechoslovakia as it was then.
Card a little grubby and stain near figure (symbolising Czechoslovakia). Unused.
Map outlining areas of East and West Prussia after WW1 and prior to WW". Text giving information about West Prussia which continus on back of card. Unused. Slightly grubby with minimal staining at edges.
Two cards issued to commemorate the "Day of the Postage Stamp" in 1937. French and German examples. Probably meant for collectors - no address space or division on back (i.e. plain). French version with commemorative franking Berlin 10.1.1937 "National Stamp Day".
Both cards €15
Card celebrating "return" of Germans to the empire. Probably ssued 1938 as the card records numbers of peoplke affected after Saarland (1935) and Austria and Silesia (March and October 1938).
Ott HoppeVerlag, Berlin. Posted 19th October 1938 with clean franking from the Lepzig Trade Fair. No text message.
Card commemorating the 1st Franken Trade Fair 1938 or 1939 and celebrating the German National Anthem (first verse of which is no longer permitted or recognised) by Fallersleben.
Austria and Silesia return home message. Plain back - possibly collector's card.
Card celebrating the land of Saxony as the Powerhouse of Germany. Card issued 136 by the Deutschen Arbeitsfront, Gauwaltung Sachsen. Short explanatory text on back. Unused but back grubby, corners rounded.
1942: Inaugeration of the European Youth Organisation in Vienna. Commemorative stamp franked in Fellbach near Stuttgart where there was a stamp exhibition.
Plain back, unused. Thin (browned) paper - paper shortage?
Envelope (not a postcard) issued on the birthday of AH in 1938. Posted from Berlin to Gera. Stamp of Walter Goecks Der Deutschland Spezialist of Berlin on back.
Two patriotic cards contrasting Germany's apparent reduction in arms against the accummulation of weapons undertaken by its neighbours. Two cards have differing legend panels.
Both cards have same explanatory panel (different type set): card left used and posted from Königserg(1934?); right unused but with red 12 + 8 stamp of Grossdeutches Reich.
Three more cards apparently showing how unprotected Germany is when compared to the military might of the countries immediately neighbouring it. Cards show western, southeastern and eastern neighbouring countries from left to right.
All three cards unused and published by the Verlag Detscher Lichtbilddienst of Berlin.
Two cards issued 1938 or 1939 just after Böhmen and Mähren were assimilated into the German Empire. Differing stamps and franking. Published by "Der Sonderstempel Spezialist" Werner Schüler of Berlin. Card left has traces of stamp hinge on front, has an address on back but no message. Card right unused.
Four cards in a series (of 4??: R105-108) showing German bombers and fighters on their way to "Engelland" - i.e. Great Britain. Each card has a different verse of a patriotic song.
All unused and largely clean except one with pencil markings on reverse (dealer?).
Two cards showing same motif but different text but both aimed at the results of the events of 10th April 1938. Josef Ostermayer in Vienna. Both unused, both with green 6Rpf stamp Deutsches Reich, each with different special franking.
Right: Der Führer in Wien. Left Tag des gross... Wien 9. April 1938.
One of many cards issued to celebrate the victorious progress of one of the army divisions. Here the unit has marched into France, through Belgium, travelled through Germany and proceeded to fight in today's Poland (here Brest-Litowsk).
Used: Feldpost, franking unclear, sent by Gefr. Richard Zachow (?) with Whitsun greetings.
One of many cards issued to celebrate the victorious progress of one of the army divisions. Here the 19th Infantry Division has marched from Rosenberg / Kreuzberg and proceeded to Warsaw (all in today's Poland). Feldpostkarte sent (addressee's family name defaced) with Whitsun greetings.
One of many cards issued to celebrate the victorious progress of one of the army divisions. Here the 19th Infantry Division has marched from south-west France and proceeded to today's Poland. Feldpostkarte. Unused.
One of many cards issued to celebrate the victorious progress of one of the army divisions. Here the 10th Tank Brigade has carried out a series of different attacks throughout France and the low countries. Feldpostkarte. Unused (no address) but ink greeting and signed.
Card showing the "Polish Corridor" established by the Treaty of Versailles.Card has text on "Versailler Unrecht", i.e. injustice of Versailles below map. Card considerably browned. Similar to card published by Georg Eastermann (see above).
Apparently distributed by the Kaufmannsjugend im Deutsch-Nationalen Handlungsgehilfen-Verband. Possibly from 1929 on the occasion of a national gathering in Danzig.