By Kit Batten
  • Maps for sale

    Hier könnte dann z.B. noch ein passendes Bild und Text reinkommen....


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.


Feel free to demand a better quality image or image of reverse where not shown!!


World War One including pre-1914 military/propaganda


WW1 001 U-Boat War - U-Boot Krieg

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.


WW1 002 Easter Card

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!
Manufacturer's mark A. Oe. I. L. 1222 on reverse. Clean.
WW1 003 Military Leaders

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

WW1 004 Twelve postcards

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 additions 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.


WW1 005 Humoristic Card

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.




 WW1 006 Hold-to-the-light card

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.

Unusual €45

 WW1 007 Two patriotic cards - Allies

Card 1 - Nelson's column and Union Jack:ENGLAND EXPECTS THAT EVERY MAN THIS DAY WILL DO HIS DUTY. Card 2 - 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.

WW1 008a Kaiser's Arrival in Hell

Poem :

 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.

WW1 008b 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

WW1 008c 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 (all) 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.


WW1 009 Two cards issued on Declarations of War - Germany celebrates and Allied in Honour

Card 1 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.


 With Card 2

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.


WW1 010 Die Große Zeit

These 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.

WW1 011 Four card lot

CARD 1French 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.



WW1 012 Marsa Wona cards

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.

Twenty cards for €25

WW1 013 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.

Cards are 
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, 
9. Italie
WW1 014 Westliche Kriegsschauplätze - Geographical Cards 1914-1918 - 6 card set 

1. Nordsee

2. Köln-Lüttich-Brüssel

3. Dover-Calais-Paris

4. Straßburg-Nancy-Reims


6. Südeuropa-Westl. Mittelmeer


WW1 015 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

2. -l

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)



  WW1 016 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.



  WW1 017 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.

  WW1 018 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.

  WW1 019 The Glory of a Lion and Good Luck & Safe Return 

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,/...

 WW1 020 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?).

WW1 021 Dutch propaganda - Den Tractaatverbreker Gestraft. Le Parjure Puni! 

Punishing the the contract breaker. Text in Dutch and French showing Germany (Wilhelm II) being stabbed through the hand with 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.

WW1 022 Englische Schwindelpresse! The lying English press! 

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.)


WW1 023 Die Berlinreise des Dreiverbandes - wurde wegen schlechter Bahnverbindung aufgegeben 

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.

  WW1 024 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".


  WW1 025 Es lebe "Hoch" die deutsche Waffe und Einigkeit 

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. 


WW1 026  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.)

  WW1 027 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. 

   WW1 028 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).

  WW1 029 Three WW1 cards concentrating on North Sea - Western Theatre of 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 2Westlicher 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 3Seekriegskarte von der Nordsee. Larger overall view of North Sea and Baltic with all of British Isles. Unused: M. S. i. B.


WW1 030 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.
  WW1 031 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.
  WW1 032 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.


WW1 033 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 emperors. 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.



   WW1 033 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 battle 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.

  WW1 034 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.
   WW1 035 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.


WW1 036 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.


  WW1 037 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.
   WW1 038 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.

 WW1 039 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.
 WW1 040 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".

Areas of Conflict - Propaganda - mostly prior to WW1


AoC001. Patriotic card of Germany dated 1900

This card has the German Empire as it was in 1900 stretching from the borders of the Netherlands as far as Russia and hence occupying Danzig and areas of Poland.

The national emblem of Germany - Germania with one of the German flags and the marine (?) flag flank the map. Copious text, undivided back and dated 24th July (19)00.



 AoC002. Zukunfts-Traumbild von Gross-Deutschland im Jahre 2501

Unusual card showing a futuristic vision of Greater Germany in the year 2501. A fantastic vision of transport possibilities of the future - air balloon to Saturn's rings, Autobahn to Madrid, electric high-speed train to Peking it also explains that Austria has amalgamated with Germany and that is shown from the colouring.

Undivided back, undated although the map on front purports to show the situation in the German Empire of 1900.



 AoC003. Figlia all'Aquila di Roma

Is this a propaganda postcard? The text appears to read "daughters of all eagles ... Rome" and there is an eagle superimposed on a sketch map of the area around Trento in northern Italy / south Tyrol.

Unused, undivided back, possibly circa 1900, loally produced (Vitti - Trento). See next offer for Italy and language interest.



 AoC004. Italian language interest

In many countries there was great interest in the language being spoken and this was directly connected to ethnic considerations as a growing nationalism evolved (as today!).

Theses two (unused, undivided backs but grubby with markings and poor reverses) are both concerned with the languages being spoken in parts of Italy and adjoining areas.



 AoC005. Deutschland! Deutschland über alles!

Probably only meant to show that the zeppelin was far larger than any flying machine in Europe, the slogan is the first line of the former national anthem (the first verse is no longer politically correct!). Ink writing on back and dated July 1913. Grubby.



 AoC006. Napoleon 1

Probably published just prior to World War One this is one of a number of cards popular at the time. This one has "100 Years ago! Napoleon as cannibal!"

The text explains the imagery - mostly to do with German nationalism. This card with divided back published by Friedrich Martin in Erfurt.



AoC007. Napoleon 2

Probably published just prior to World War One this is one of a number of cards popular at the time. This one has "Caricature of Napoleon after an original of 1813"

The text explains the imagery - mostly to do with German nationalism. This card with divided back published by GF Hartung and E Lengner in Flensburg.



 AoC008. Wie stimmte das deutsche Volk?

Election results of voting in Germany on 25th January 1907. The card states that it was printed only 4 days later.Used postcard published by Wilhelm Wagner of Berlin. Grubby. Unusual with all the results for the parties listed.



 AoC009. Volks-Stimme

Unusual card (undivided back: Postkarte) showing the main town hall square of Frankfurt superimposed on a page of a newspaper, the Volksstimme. The paper is dated 25th October 1901.


 AoC010. Der Hessische Volksbund

A democratic movement determined to unite several of the (then) very small regions in and around Frankfurt t become a larger federal state. Appeals for supporters and for donations. Unused, divided back and published by the Brüning brothers in Hanau. 

Appeal on reverse: Landsleute! Werbet für den HessischenVlksbundund seine Ziele!



 AoC011. Uns SACHSEN ist keiner gewachsen

Patriotic card supporting the German state of Sachsen - Saxony. This may have been published just prior to the elections which were held in 1903 - see next card. Used card, grubby, appears to be dated 29th Agust 1902.



 AoC012. Zur Erinnerung an die Reichtagswahl 1903

The card shows a pictorial representation of the land of Saxony covered in green (fields) and red mushrooms - except for one small black mushroom about the site of Bautzen (still black today!).

Unused Postkarte with undivided back. The top-hatted gent in the foreground laments: Oh no Saxony! If you keep going on like that we can pack up and go. He represents the conservative German businessman / landowner, while the red mushrooms (toadstools) show the high turnout for social democrats at the time.



 AoC013. Völkerschlacht bei Leipzig

Nationalist feelings whipped up by remembering the "glorious victory" of the troops in an alliance against Napoleon. Between 16th and 19th October 1813 600 000 troops fought each other with nearly one sixth killed or wounded but the alliance was successful and Napoleon was forced to retreat. This unused card with divided back was published by R P Roder of Leipzig. The reverse has LEIPZIG, Völkerschlacht-Denkmal - this memorial construction was inaugerated on 18th October 1913 so card probably dates from just after this.



 AoC014. Schlachtfeld Metz

From 14th to 18th August 1870 French and German troops fought over the city of Metz. This card was designed to stir up patriotic feelings y remembering the "victory". The German troops had to take the city by siege tactics finally gaining the city on 27th Otober. The German king was later proclaimed Emperor in Versailles.

This card shows events from 14, 16 and 18th August. Used card, thinner paper, grubby written on 22nd June 1908 in Metz.



 AoC015. Der Sturm ... Düppeler Schanzen ... 1864

A patriotic card celebrating the events of 18th April 1864 when German troops attacked those of Denmark and took the area known as the Düppeler Schanze. This battle marked the deciding moment in the German-Danish war. 

Unused card, undivided back: Postkarte. Publisher: Hamann of Düppelhöh.


 AoC016. Volksvereins. Dichte nach Diözesen. 1 Juli 1913.

This card would appear to attempt to represent the number of catholics living in the various states of Germany as of July 1913. The actual number of catholics for the various Diocese is listed to the right of the map.

Card written and posted 23rd March 1914. Green card.


 AoC017. Deutsche Erde 1.

Paul Langhans was a publisher who issued a newspaper called Deutsche Erde before the first world war. He was a well-known geographer but also anti-semitic and a staunch nationalist joining the NSDAP quite early. He was interested in what we might call "German Culture" and "German Heritage" if we are polite.

The card - unused - here was probably given away with the newspaper and shows German lands, i.e. those under German rule or protection. The tables at the bottom list the total area that is "German" and the total number who speak German. See also next 3 entries.

 AoC018. Deutsche Erde 2.

Paul Langhans was a publisher who issued a newspaper called Deutsche Erde before the first world war. He was a well-known geographer but also anti-semitic and a staunch nationalist joining the NSDAP quite early. He was interested in what we might call "German Culture" and "German Heritage" if we are polite.

The card here was probably given away with the newspaper and shows German lands, i.e. those under German rule or protection. The tables at the bottom list the total area that is "German" and the total number who speak German. Note the different heading o this to tha last card: Verein für das Deutschtum in Ausland (Allg. deutscher Schulverein) e.V. Used card Possibly posted 1.01.(190)9 as a New Year's greeting.



AoC018. Deutsche Erde 3.

Paul Langhans was a publisher who issued a newspaper called Deutsche Erde before the first world war. He was a well-known geographer but also anti-semitic and a staunch nationalist joining the NSDAP quite early. He was interested in what we might call "German Culture" and "German Heritage" if we are polite.

The card - unused - here was probably given away with the newspaper and shows where Germans are living  both home and abroad. The table at the bottom lists the total number of people who speak German. Black dots show where the Deutsche Erde can be foud!



AoC019Deutsche Erde 4.

 Paul Langhans was a publisher who issued a newspaper called Deutsche Erde before the first world war. He was a well-known geographer but also anti-semitic and a staunch nationalist joining the NSDAP quite early. He was interested in what we might call "German Culture" and "German Heritage" if we are polite.

The card - unused - here was probably given away with the newspaper and shows German lands in central Europe, i.e. those areas where German is spoken. The table at the side lists the type of "German" spoken i.e. High German or low German, and compares it to the other languages spoken in Europe.

Deutsche Erde - cards €20 each or all four for €60.

 AoC020Boer War 1

Card published in Germany showing - Der Südafrikaniche Kriegsschauplatz. Shows South Africa and surrounding lands with two small inset maps. Published by the Verlag und Geographical Institute of G Strnkopf of Halle. Undivided back and printed back - apparently advertising his complete stock at discount prices as he was giving up the publishing of postcards. Very unusual.


 AoC021. Boer War 2

Patriotic card on the side of the "Oranje" and "Transvaal". With top title Boer War and (larger) second line title "Enlish in the meat pot" it shows a group of British soldiers in their smart uniforms eing boiled in a large stewing pot made out of the map of Africa with two Boers watching over the fire. First they wanted to march in and then when they wanted to leave, they could not! seems to be the meaning of the lines below the pot. Undivided back posted February 1900.


 AoC022. The British Empire

Card depicting the British Empire with extra flags of Canada, India, New South Wales and New Zealand in the four corners. Never posted, undivided back. C W Faulkner & Co.


 AoC023. The uprising in China

German card depicting the area affected by the uprising in China - Das Aufstandsgebiet in China - auf die entern Grund im Reiche der Mitte. However, what appears to be a serious card is a joke: the Yellow Sea is named the yellow root sea (yellow root is carrot in German!) and other names are hoaxes.The key shows Chinese railway on one line and torn-up streets on the second.

Divided back, not posted, Printed in Austria BK W I.


 AoC024. For Auld Langsyne

Card showing the Dominion of Canada very large (and USA very small) in pink - characteristic of British Empire maps. Flags of the Dominion and the Union Jack of Great Britain. Made in Britain but posted from Windsor in Ontario, possibly in 1916. Stamp missing with slight loss to surface of card.


 AoC025. Franco-British Exhibition, London: "Unity"

There was a combined Franco-British exhibition held at the White City in London throughout the summer of 1908 and this card would appear to be sent from this. One of Valentine's ARToTYPE series.


 AoC026. John Bull

If you don'rt do anything to me, I will leave you alone seems to be the message of the pipe-smoking British sailor to Michel, his German cousin. With so many boats on the pond it is clear this is a reference to the arms build up preceding WW1.

Posted in Stuttgart in November 1914 by which time hostilities had already started.



 AoC027. Predictions of Mme de Thèbes

Mrs Thèbes seems to predict the direst of calamities for Great Britain in her forecasting for this particular year: guerre intérieure et extérieure, revolution ... Carte Postale with divided back, unposted, Perrochet & David, Lausanne. Anne Victorine Savigny was a clairvoyant and palm reader who was quite famous until her death in 1916Every Christmas, she published an Almanac every year with prophecies foer the coming year.


 AoC028. Russian-Japanese War 1

The Russian-Japanese War only lasted about eighteen months from the spring of 1910 with an attack on Port Arthur by the Japanese and ended in autumn of 1905.This is one of two cards I have - both with different maps and different backs.

This card published by Wezel & Naumann of Leipzig and posted 30th March 1904. Undivided back. Short ink greeting from Dr Winckel on front.


 AoC029. Russian-Japanese War 2

The Russian-Japanese War only lasted about eighteen months from the spring of 1910 with an attack on Port Arthur by the Japanese and ended in autumn of 1905.This is one of two cards I have - both with different maps and different backs.

This card published by G Sternkopf of Leipzig was never posted; undivided back.


 AoC030. Spanish-American War 1

This is one of two different cards I have prited and published in Germany - Deutsche Reichspost Postkarte - by the Verlag Albert Aust of Hamburg. The Spanish-American war only lasted from April to August 1898. Therefore, this must be one of the earliest cards to show such a conflict.

This card has pencil markings and appears to have been sent but not posted as a card. The right margin is missing so the card may have been cut smaller (or badly cut on issue).Only Cuba and Porto Rico are highlighted.


 AoC031. Spanish-American War 2

This is one of two different cards I have prited and published in Germany - Deutsche Reichspost Postkarte - by the Verlag Albert Aust of Hamburg. The Spanish-American war only lasted from April to August 1898. Therefore, this must be one of the earliest cards to show such a conflict.

This card has insets of the Philippines and the Canary Isles as well as highlighting Cuba and Porto Rico in dark olive green. Card was posted from Schöneberg on 18th May 1898 and has two clean franking stamps.

  AoC 032 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.


WW2 postcards including those published 1918-1938

WW2 001.  Polish Corridor

Double folding card of the so-called "Corridor".

Danziger Verlags-Gesellschaft. Unused but address section defaced (surface damage to paper).


WW2 002. Polish Corridor

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).



 WW2 003 Hungary - mechanical card

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.



 WW2 004 Poland - mechanical card

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".



WW2 005 Saarland - referendum

. 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.




WW2 006 Prussia pre-WW2

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.




WW2 007 Hitler

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.

WW2 008 Return

Card celebrating "return" of Germans to the empire. Probably ssued 1938 as the card records numbers of people affected after Saarland (1935) and Austria and Silesia (March and October 1938).

Ott HoppeVerlag, Berlin. Posted 19th October 1938 with clean franking from the Leipzig Trade Fair. No text message.


   WW2 009 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!



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.
   WW2 011 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.


WW2 013 Böhmen und Mähren

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


WW2 014 National Postage Day

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


 WW2 015 Trade Fair in Aschaffenburg

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.


WW2 Saxony

Card celebrating the land of Saxony as the Powerhouse of Germany. Card issued 1936 by the Deutschen Arbeitsfront, Gauwaltung Sachsen. Short explanatory text on back. Unused but back grubby, corners rounded.



WW2 016 European Youth Movement

Inaugeration of the European Youth Organisation in Vienna in 1942. Commemorative stamp franked in Fellbach near Stuttgart where there was a stamp exhibition.

Plain back, unused. Thin (browned) paper - paper shortage?



WW2 017 Birthday Envelope

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.


WW2 018 Arms Race

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.


WW2 019 Arms Race

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.

Rare: €100

WW2 020 Böhmen and Mähren

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.



WW2 022 War in the Skies

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?).


WW2 022 April 1938

Two cards showing same motif but different text but both aimed at the results of the events of 10th April 1938. Printed 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.


WW2 023 Troop Movements

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.


WW2 024 Troop Movements

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.


WW2 025 Troop Movements

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.


WW2 026 Troop Movements

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.


or all four cards (troop movements) for €50

WW2 026 Polish Corridor

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.


WW2 027 1920 preparation for referendum in Schleswig, north Germany, 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.
WW2 028 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 Versailles, 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.

WW2 029 New Polish Border - Die neue deutsch-polnische Grenzen 

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.

WW2 030 With patriotic song text circa 1922 

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.




Tourist Cards - not including Great Britain


99. Across the Herring Pond

Hands of friendship from USA and the British Isles sent from one of the personnel to the staff of the Hotel Marlborough on Broadway. Dated 1906. Edges/ corners poor.



100. Herbesthal Station and VierLänderEck  - where four countries meet

Three views of Herbesthal station on the border of Germany and Belgium (two dated 1916 and 1917 as Feldpost) as well as a humorous card of a soldier "arriving" at the station (dated 1918) and a photo-card. The photo as postcard shows two walkers resting against the stones which marked not only where Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany met but also the border to Kelmis - an independent territory (but administered by Belgium). Dated 1913.



 101. Early Alpen / Glacier cards 1899/1914

Two cards depicting the Alps. 1. Very early tourist card dated 31st August (18)99 (clear franking). No divided back. Mountains around the Kaiser Gebirge range. 2. Card from the World Trade Exhibition in Leipzig 1914 - Weltausstellung für Buchgewerbe und Graphik) and one of a series of six: it shows the mounains around the Alet Glacier.



 102. Very early: Kiel to Friedrichsort

This map postcard shows the sailing route out of Kiel. As well as a map of the estuary the lighthouse at Friedrichsort is shown and a pretty view of that town. Copious text on front. Back undivided with franking 14.8.(18)98. Publisher G Sternkopf of Halle.



 103. Early card of the Baltic - Ostsee

Picturesque card with undivided back (unused) printed and published by Mohr & Dutzauer of Leipzig. Shows shipping routes out of the Stettiner Haff weith inset pictures of a girl in loal costume and a typical steamer. Pencil marings on back.



104. Early Gruss vom Bodensee - Vexirbild

Puzzle Picture card of Lake Constance

Sent in 1901 (undivided back) this card has a lake nymph hiding within the borders of the lake. Can you find her?? Very unusual. Underlining at Friedrichshafen.




105. Early card of Borkum in North Sea

Very clean card but with name Alexander Wolff on address line (undivided back). Publisher: Joh. Marcusson of Borkum. Isssue no. erased and replaced (807 for LHiM 519).



106. Sylt

Two early cards of the island of Sylt in Germany. Left; used card wih undivided back dated 24.08.06 with copious writing in ink on both sides. Right; unused card with divided back by Moh & Dutzaier of Leipzig.



107. early card with Gruss aus Helgoland

British until 1890 the island of Helgoland was swapped for Zanzibar! This view of sunset has two locals and the (then) German flag. Pencil writing, rounded corners and a date of 1900 (?, undivided back).



108. Very early Gruss vom Kaiser-Wilhelm-Kanal

Later changed to the Nord-Ostsee-Kanal this gave the German fleet the chance to travel from the Baltic to the Noth Sea without the British knowing: note battle crisers. Undivided back and probably posted 16th October (18)98 from the Kieler Hof hotel in Kiel (stamped).



109. Very early card of Herzogland in Bavaria - 1901

With an inset view of a mountain hut the card has a map of area south of Munich - Murnau with the two lakes Kochelsee and Walchensee. Plain back dated 18th August (19)01 and with pencil drawing of a girl's head.



110. Grimma in Sachsen / saxony circa 1900

Card shows a map of the area around the city of Grimma next to a painting of the Frauenkirche u. pavillon of that town. Card unused, undivided back published by Bruno Bürger & Ottilie of Leipzig.




111. Four early cards of Switzerland

Thee typical "Gruss" cards showing maps of parts of Switzerland. "AUS LEUZINGER'S REISERELIEFKARTE VON TYROL, these are cards no. 5, no. 18 and no. 6. Two unused, one dated but unclear - all with undivided backs. With Souvenir de la Suisse with clean back dated 28th VII (19)00.



Tourist Postcards - Great Britain

    TC-GB 001. Isle-of-Wight

Collection of 10 cards portraying the Isle of Wight including cards by Bacon / Bartholomew / Potts / Geographia etc. One modern, one a view of Luccombe Common (see my Auction Papers for an interesting lot). All different although differences may be minimal, i.e. style of writing or imprint.

Ask for images of all the cards if interested.


TC-GB 002. Devon & Cornwall

Small collection of 6 cards depicting parts of Devon and 7 or Cornwall incuding cards Frith (Exmoor Coast), G Philip (North Devon with altitude, gruby), J Bartholomew (Section 22 of CTC map), Bacon (Penzance and Tor Bay) and Geographia (Exeter-Teignmouth).

Ask for images of complete lot.


TC-GB 003. Midland Railways

Three cards of the Midland Railways. Two as shown: cards by an unknown publisher with the Midland rail network and an illustration. Here: Robert Burns (monument at Kilmarnock) and Chatsworth House. Different backs, both unused. Series like this were published from circa 1904-5. Together with a modern card depicting a typical MR poster published by the National Railway Museum in York.


TC-GB 004. England mix 1 

Margate and area by Bacon. Embossed card of English lake District by Lt-Col. P M Hope of Keswick (unusual). Card posted and dated 1915 showing 5 scenes of Lincoln. One of the JAY EM JAY SERIES by Jckson & Son of Grimsby. Stamp removed leaving rough patch. Corners rubbed.And map of the English lakeland by Abraham of Keswick.


 TC-GB 005. England mix 2

Four cards all Printed and Published by John Walker using map sections engraved by John Bartholomew. Each card has an inset photographic view of a place within the map. Four cards are north Devon (Bideford); south Devon (Exeter cathedral); Isle of Wight (Osborne House); and Bournemouth district (The Needles). Three used (1914-1921), last with crease.



TC-GB 006. Isle of Arran

Three cards showing a Map of Arran including one - Handy Map - NOT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY.

3. Caledonia Series (unused, pencil markings), 1 & 2 from Holmes' "Map of Arran" series (unused, largely clean).



TC-GB 007. Novelty Tourist Cards

Eight separate novelty "pull out" tourist postcards from the 1930s to 1950s. 1. Jersey (QE 3d stamp). 2. A Devonshire Sachet, unused, undated. 3. Cockington in Torquay, unused, undated. 4. Paignton, 1950s (QE 1 1/2 stamp). 5. Beer garden (actually Paignton, 1950). 6. A Good Catch from Torquay (1933). 7. Callander in Scotland (1937). 8. Still on the map at London (unused, Valentine's).  

€5 each or €25 all together to first offer

TC-GB 008. Torquay mix part 1

This lot includes a total of 15 cards. The four cards shown here are: Cockington Village (sepia unused Harvey Garton), Waldon Hill (colour used with copious text but not posted - please "bring my white c(r)épe de chene dress, some stockings and some apples"!; Meadfoot Beach (dated 1949); Torquay Rock Walk(Celesque unused). 

TC-GB 009 Torquay mix part 2

These four views are Terrace Walk (1949 plus a further unused with other colouring); St Raphael's Home (Grange Publishing unused); Natural Arch (unused photograph, Cove's Library Torquay); Goodrington (1949 English Rose Series). Plus four others: two of Princess gardens (identical view, sepia, used, different title/ printer), two further of Rock Walk.


TC-GB 010. Babbacombe Lee

A picture postcard of Babbacombe Beach, Torquay. The card was posted in 1906 during a bad bout of influenza (according to the writer). One of Frith's Series.

I believe the cottage on the right to be on the site of the former residence of Mrs Emma Keyse who was murdered by John "Babbacombe" Lee - the man they could not hang - in 1894. 

TC-GB 011. Queen's Hotel on Torquay harbour

This postcard advertises Harrison's West of England Hotels and more specifically the Queen's Hotel on Victoria Parade. Both the hotel and the street were named in honour of Queen Victoria.

The card uses a real photo and is dated 1910 and was posted to Geneva by a French-speaking visitor.