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Der Geist der Deutschen Armee

  • Object:

    Postcard

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (printed)
    Germany (published)

  • Date:

    1914-1918 (printed)
    1914-1918 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Letterpress and colour half tone letterpress on card

  • Museum number:

    E.402-2008

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 68, box G

By the early 20th Century greetings postcards had overtaken folder cards in popularity as they were cheaper to post. A ban on Christmas cards to conserve supplies of paper was mooted during the First World War but the idea was abandoned in the interests of maintaining the troops' morale. As this German example illustrates, both sides in the conflict exploited the propaganda potential of the postcard.

Physical description

Illustrated postcard in landscape format. On the front: colour printed image depicting the WWI German army on the march accompanied by the 'spirits' of the German army of previous times. On the back: printed postcard template and handwritten inscription.

Place of Origin

Germany (printed)
Germany (published)

Date

1914-1918 (printed)
1914-1918 (published)

Artist/maker

Unknown (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Letterpress and colour half tone letterpress on card

Marks and inscriptions

'Der Geist der Deutschen Armee.'
The Spirit of the German Army.
On the front, lettered beneath the image as part of the design

'Kriegs-Karte der "Lustigen Blätter" Nr. 17.'
On the front, down the right-hand margin, printed in black

(illegible)
Artist's signature within the printed image

'Kriegs= Postkarte. / Verlag der Lutigen Blätter (Dr. Eylser & Co.) G. m. b. H. Berlin SW. 68 / Druck von Hermann Bergmann, Berlin S W. 48.'
On the back, printed in black

'V&A'
On the back, handwritten in black ink

'B1.15'
On the back, handwritten in pencil

'Weltkrieg 1914'
On the back, handwritten in pencil

Dimensions

Height: 9.4 cm, Width: 14.3 cm

Descriptive line

Postcard, letterpress on card, 'Der Geist der Deutschen Armee', Germany, World War I, 1914-1918.

Subjects depicted

Armies; Flags; Rifles (long guns); Uniforms; Swords; Soldiers; War

Categories

Greeting cards; Propaganda

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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