Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Postcard - A Crowd of Germans Holding Up Their Hands to Surrender
  • A Crowd of Germans Holding Up Their Hands to Surrender
    Delta Fine Art Co.
  • Enlarge image

A Crowd of Germans Holding Up Their Hands to Surrender

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Britain (printed)
    Britain (published)

  • Date:

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

  • Artist/Maker:

    Delta Fine Art Co. (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Letterpress and half tone lettepress on card

  • Museum number:


  • 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. This propaganda postcard, sent in May 1918, celebrates allied successes as the tide of the war turns in their favour.

Physical description

Postcard in landscape format. On the front: monochrome image depicting a British tank approaching a German trench with German soldiers surrendering, caption below the image. On the back: postcard template, halfpenny stamp, postmark, publisher's information, and handwritten correspondence and address.

Place of Origin

Britain (printed)
Britain (published)


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


Delta Fine Art Co. (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Letterpress and half tone lettepress on card

Marks and inscriptions

Lettered in black, below the image

'POST CARD / THIS SIDE FOR CORRESPONDENCE / THIS SIDE FOR ADDRESS / Copyright. Published by Delta Fine Art Co., 64 Fore St., E.C. / Passed by Censor.'
On the back, printed in black

(halfpenny stamp)
On the back

(postmarked Darlington, 4th May 1918)
On the back

'Dear All / Am leaving / London at 2 o'clock / Sunday morning / arrive at 1 o'clock. / Hope all are well. / Will drop a P.C. / when I arrive at / Southampton. Hope you / recieve watch alright / Fondest Love to all. / Harold xxxx / Miss Lily Page / "Eagle" / Fore St / Edmonton / London / N18'
On the back, handwritten in purple ("non-print blue"?) pencil

On the back, handwritten in pencil


Height: 8.8 cm, Width: 13.9 cm

Descriptive line

Postcard, letterpress on card, 'A Crowd of Germans Holding Up Their Hands to Surrender', Delta Fine Art Co., Britain, World War I, 1914-1918.

Subjects depicted

Tanks; Battlefields; War; Trenches; Soldiers; Rifles; Artillery pieces


Greeting cards; Propaganda


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.