Five unusual German postcards today, all written between 10th March & 30th May 1916 by the same writer. The first two images tell a cautionary tale for all soldiers – oh, and the smudge is original,…
…being the same colour as the writing on the back. This card was actually sent…
…a few days before this one, as the postmarks show, but the tale told by the two drawings only works this way round.
These cards were manufactured in Munich, and Munich being in the far south of Germany,…
…perhaps it is not so surprising that the other three cards are little masterpieces that take us into the Alpine war. Here we have mountain-top ablutions, probably, by the looks of it, about to be interrupted by a mountain goat.
We’ve all done it. Written the wrong year, I mean. The four cards other than this one are addressed to Frau Lilly Rothschild, and although this one is to Herrn Wilhelm Rothschild, the address on all five cards is the same.
Here we have breakfast on the go on a cold, snowy morning, a lookout keeping an eye, and the bloke on the right, well, doing just what he needs to do. And having a fag. And reading the paper. Of course he is!
You may remember that I mentioned ‘Feldpost’ a couple of posts ago, and these cards are perfect examples of a card preprinted with ‘Feldpostkarte’ – Field Postcard.
And lastly, some grenade-lobbing. Although that looks more like a Molotov cocktail. Which hadn’t been invented in 1915, the date the drawings were made (and at which time Vyacheslav Molotov was in forced exile in eastern Siberia. Just thought I’d mention it).
It’s always interesting to pick up more than one card written by the same author (yes, even if I have little idea what has been written), and I think these five cards are little gems.