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"11. - MEUSE-ARGONNE Cemetery. Several
rows of graves. / Cimetière Américain MEUSE-ARGONNE - Quelques rangées de Tombes."
showing an American cemetery, black & white carte postale on yellowish paper, unused, good edges.
Possibly to compensate for the tilted horizon line, the
caption is tilted slightly in the other direction. $3.75 fcw
"128. Aux Enfants de NIMES et du GARD Morts pour la France / Architecte Castan" showing an elaborate monument to soldiers who died in World War I, unused sepia-tone carte postale from A. Farge, good edges. $3.25 wa
"1. - Plateau de VILLERS-les-NANCY / Champ d'Aviation / Café-Restaurant de la Linotte-des-Bois / Aug. JACOB, Propiétaire // Union des Femmes de France / Poste de Secours" showing small buildings at an early military aviation field, inset showing a stagecoach & people in front of the restaurant; unused carte postale with unevenly toned back & front, pencil writing on back. Sold for the benefit of the French Red Cross during World War I. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 f(v)agrw
"22. PORT-à-PINSON-CHATILLON (Marne) - La Gare et quartier / de la gare bombarés par les obus allemands (cliché déc. 1918) M. D." also captioned in English, showing part of a train in the station & nearby rubble, sepia-tone on green back, lightly toned back, unused. $7.00 fw
"22-9 Kearny Photo CAMP KEARNY SAN DIEGO" showing many men in California among their tents, real photo mailed there 1917, water stain affects upper left corner (sky), corner crease. Most of the 65,000 men who passed through here on their way to World War I assignments lived in such tents. $8.00 c(c)cw
"2376. THIAUCOURT (M.-et-M.) - Vue Générale - General View" showing US military auto & trucks, black & white on green back, unused. The town was taken by US troops on September 12 1918. $14.00 fw
"24 PINON --- Route de Laffaux. -- Laffaux Road" showing a cyclist amidst the rubble created by a World War I battle there (April 1917), black & white post card with green back mailed 1921 to New York, 2 corners chipped away, small corner crease, many tiny spots of cancel ink in sky, edge toning on back. $1.75 fw
"25. REIMS dans les Ruines après la Retraite des Allemands / La Rue de Vesle / Thuillier, éditeur, Epernay" in 1918, sepia-tone carte postale from booklet, light album impressions at corners. $3.50 wf
"2612. Bataille de Chateau-Thierry - BELLEAU - Cimetière Américain American Cimetery(sic)" showing the decorated graves of several American soldiers who died in France, unused black & white carte postale with green back, light browning along the back edges as is common with these, mild corner rounding. $5.00 wcf(b)
"279 Les Poilus! / Les chansons de Jean RAMEAU illustrées // Le v'là tous là nos cher poilus / Plein d'santé et plein d'amitiance ..." illustrating a song in French dialect by Baroque composer Jean-Philippe Rameau; unused carte postale with green back, strong vertical crease, small corner bend affects nothing. Poilus is an old French term for an infantryman, that was reused in World War I; and the soldiers in this view are in infantry uniforms & the mustaches are appropriate as well. $4.50 wmm(f)
"298. La Guerre 1914-15-16 ALBERT (Somme) / Visé Paris 298 L'Église et les ruines" showing the ruins by the church in France; unused carte postale from R. Pruvost (Montmartre Paris), mild corner rounding, several small spots of toning on back. $3.00 f(a)w
"3 Million People viewed the Parade of the 27th Division" the crowd shown here assembled under a Navy Club welcoming banner (their exact location 509 Fifth Avenue, New York City) strung across the street, the Star Shoe Store at the extreme right; real photo postcard with very late usage at Donaldson Pennsylvania, tiny bit of corner knocked of top, very light toning. Troops of the US Army 27th Division (largely New York men) disembarked from the ocean liners Leviathan & Mauretania, and paraded up Fifth Avenue to celebrate the end of World War I. The caption is mute on the date, but it is March 25, 1919. See a movie of the event at the National Archives. History in your hands. $20.00 n(n)hm(a)pw
"304. L'Argonne. -- Premiéres lignes allemandes à MARIE-THERESE / German front at Marie-Thérese." showing where they had dug in, sepia-tone carte postale with green back from booklet, back edges browning slightly with age. An interesting view, showing how these trenches were made safer for the soldiers within them. $3.75 wf
"315 bis. La Guerre 1914-15-16 -- Offensive Franco-Anglaise -- Feuillères (Somme) / Visé Paris 315 bis L'ancienne ligne allemande reprise par nos troupes / R. P. English french attack - The old german line taken again by our troups(sic)" black & white on green back with browning back edges, small written mark on back. $1.75 fw
"358. La Guerre 1914-15-16 Herleville (Somme) R. P. / Visé Paris 358 L'Église après le bombardement, black & white on green back with browning back edges, small written mark on back, tiny corner crease. $1.75 fw
"37 VITRÉ (I.-et-V.) / Entrée de la Caserne du 70e Régiment d'Infanterie" unused circa-1920 carte postale with green back, some browning near the back edges, rough edge from booklet removal. In a few history books, and reproductions are offered. But why not own the real thing & buy it here? $7.00 f(v)m(f)w NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU
"38. -- MUSÉE DE L'ARMÉE - EGLISE DES INVALIDES. -- NOS MARTYRS pour le Droit et la Liberté / par Joseph Aubert (1916) -- M. D." black & white on green back, showing an after-battle scene from World War I, unused, toning on back edges, corner crease, soft corners. $2.25 aw
"4. METZ (Lorraine) -- Une place (photo 1918) M D" including many soldiers in formation, unused sepia-tone carte postale with green back, browning edges on back, small corner crease. $3.25 wf
"543 LES RUINES DE LA GRANDE GUERRE. -- SOISSONS. -- La Rue St-Martin. -- LL" unused sepia-tone carte postale from Lévy et Neurdein Réunis, light toning both sides showing age, good edges. The battle raged July 18 - 22 1918 at a cost of more than 12,000 American lives. $3.75 f(s)w
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"61. LES PRISONNIERS ALLEMANDS EN FORÉT -- Après la Barbe, la Toilette au ruisseau" showing German prisoners, guarded by the French in a forest, freshening up after receiving a haircut; black & white carte postale with green back, toning near back edges, faint corner crease, trivial rounding at 3 corners. Most unusual subject matter; presumably a propaganda piece to assure the world such soldiers were being well-treated. $25.00 bwpm
"6. - MEUSE-ARGONNE Cemetery. - Seen from the Pump House / Cimetière Américain MEUSE-ARGONNE - Vue prise du Château d'Eau." shown at a distance to give a sense of how many graves there are; black & white on yellowish paper, unused carte postale, good edges. $3.75 fcw
"752 Pacific Navigation Co's Str. 'Yale'" sepia-tone post card on yellowish paper, circa 1911. minor wear mostly along bottom edge. This coastal steamer serviced Los Angeles and San Francisco before being sold to the Navy. In World War I, after overhaul & modification, this ship transported hundreds of thousands of soldiers in Europe. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50 s(p)s(c)c(s)c(l)w
"859 THE GREAT WAR. -- Nesle. -- Remains of the Railway-Station. / Ce qui reste de la Gare. -- LL." black & white postcard with green back, album marks at the corners, small corner crease not into the image, minor wear to one upper corner, back edges light toned. Nesle is a commune in the Somme department of France. $2.75 f(n)w
"9 -- Fère-en-Tardenois (Aisne) - La Grand'Place" showing after-war rubble, black & white carte postale with lightly toned green back, faint small upper corner crease. Over 6,000 American soldiers died near here during World War I. $4.00 f(f)w
"9. ZEEBRUGGE. SOUVENIR DE LA GUERRE 1914-18 / Le torpilleur 'THETIS' bloquant l'entrée du canal. -- The torpedo-boat 'THETIS' obstructing canal entrance." as deliberately sunk by the British to impede the outlet for German U-boats in Belgium during World War I; unused carte postale on brown paper, toned back, minor corner wear, somewhat tilted printing. The effort caused only a brief delay because not all planned obstructions were put in place. $6.00 s(m)wb!
"'Adverse fortune ever fly thee, / No disastrous fate come nigh thee. / (Duchess of Malfi, Act III, Scene V) Webster. / UNION JACK INDUSTRIES LEAGUE. COPYRIGHT" with missing quote in caption as reported here, unused Milton patriotic World War I postcard, published by Woolstone Brothers (their Series No. 29), all British manufacture, trivial corner wear. Apparently rare. The only other example we found was in the Science & Society Picture Library, and there were no other offers. The archaic 'fly' from the 1613 tragic play would be today's 'flee', which may have been misunderstood by this postcard's more modern audience & account for its rare sightings. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged 300-dpi scan (publication quality) in .jpg format for $3.75. pwa(m)
"Anvers. -- S/S «KROONLAND» de la Red Star Line." with a side view; unused black & white carte postale / Postkarte, yellowish paper, numeral 2 in stamp box area, trivial wear to one upper corner. The ship carried immigrants to Ellis Island, and later became a troop transport ship during World War I. $7.50 s(r)wbs(o)
Appam (registered 1913 to the British & African Steam Navigation Company, Limited). Uncaptioned sepia-tone real photo post card with good focus & contrast, ship's name prominent, toning in right front (not on ship), toning on corresponding back edge too, tiny corner crease. In 1916 this vessel was captured by the German cruiser Moewe and sailed to then-neutral United States. The US District Court ordered her return to the owning company, and it sailed as the Mandingo until the WWI armistice (after which she again became the Appam). Her case is still cited as an important one in international law. $8.00 s(b)lws(o)
"Aus friedlichen Tagen. Unser Kronprinz als Gast bei dem Generaloberst v. Kluck" showing Crown Prince William with General Colonel Alexander von Kluck, unused real photo postcard with matte finish, fairly fresh with good edges. Among other things, the general commanded the 1st Army in the First Battle of the Marne in 1914 after his blunder -- a deviation from plan -- prevented the Germans from encircling Paris. $15.00 rgwh
"BACCARAT. - L'Hôtel de Ville Incendié par les Allemands" with interesting annotation on front 'No change at all here in Aug 1918 / just as it was left by the Boche / in 1914', unmailed carte postale with green back, back paper browning near edges, corner crease. $3.00 wf
"Base Hospital, Camp Bowie / Fort Worth Tex." sepia-tone real photo post card mailed 1917, cancel ink in sky, two corners with a tiny crease, another corner creased twice. Short lived, but some 100,000 trained there during World War I. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 t(c)mw*
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"Bataille de la Marne 1918 / ROCOURT-SAINT-MARTIN (Aisne) - Emplacement de la Bertha / dans le Bois du Chatelet (Juillet 1918)" with a soldier at the giant artillery piece captured by the French in the second battle of the Marne, unused sepia-tone carte postal, back paper browning near edges, minor corner rounding. $4.00 wf
"BEAUNE. -- Univeristé Américaine / A. E. F. University -- Entrance of The Camp" circa 1919, showing mostly tents, 2 old autos & a guard; unused black & white carte postale, heavily toned back, corners creased & rounded. Built for the American Expeditionary Force, it sprang up in surprisingly short time with a quality faculty & curriculum. $3.75 c(b)f(b)w
"BOMBARDMENT OF SCARBOROUGH / House in Wykeham Street, where Mrs. Barnett and two / children were killed" mailed 1917, tape reinforced along two creases on back, toned back, toning especially along front edges, as is. A gripping image from England. $5.00 ew
Bornu (1899 registration to the British & African Steam Navigation Company). Unused sepia-tone Kodak real photo, faint corner crease. In 1915 this ship was sold to the Admiralty for whom it served as an Army Transport Supply Ship. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (almost 2x original area) 100-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50 s(b)s(m)w*%
"CAMPAGNE 1914-1917 / VERDUN. -- Le Pont de la Galavande. -- Galavande bridge. ND. Phot." showing the bridge that was damaged & then repaired, black & white carte postale with green back, back edges browning with age, stray check mark on back. $3.00 wf
"CANTINE DES DEUX DRAPEAUX POUR LES PERMISSIONNAIRES (Croix Rouge Américaine). / Abris de bombardement." showing soldiers of two countries on furlough outside a canteen (replete with bomb shelter) set up by the American Red Cross; black & white carte postale with green back, French writing in pencil over all the back, large spots of light toning on back, small spot of toning in front caption area. Unusual subject matter! $10.00 wr
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"CHATEAU-THIERRY - Bataille de la Marne 1918 - La Gare (Vue Intérieur)" showing wounded on the platform. Unused, lightly toned. $10.00 f(c)w
"CIMITERO DI GOTTRES CORTINA." real photo post card from A. Zardini on undivided back, pencil writing on back, minor corner wear & rounding, light toning in the lower front border, slight oxidation. The fighting resulting in this cemetery occurred in the Summer of 1915, in the Gottres Valley north of Cortina d'Ampezzo. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 cipw
"CUNARD LINE. / S. S. LUSITANIA. Turbine" with art depicting her underway, flag of the Cunard Line at upper right; Tuck Oilette postcard 9268 (CELEBRATED LINERS--'CUNARD LINE'), printed in England, mailed at Birkenhead NO 30 1907. A lot of wear along the edges & at 2 corners. Later this ship was sunk by a German U-20 submarine in 1915, at the cost of 1,959 lives. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 s(c)s(o)tdwf*
"Destroyed Bridge near Bouillonville" in France, unused sepia-tone postcard from booklet, lightly toned back. $2.75 wf
"Deux Têtes de Criminels / La Père et le Fils" hand-colored/tinted real photo, soldier holds severed head, another head on his bayonet, much writing on back in French, name of Louis J. Bumer written at the soldier's knees (as best we can read it). Writer's docketing places the probable location in or near Péronnas, a commune in the Ain Department of France. Our date comes from the only other example we have ever seen which was postmarked 1915; also, starting in 1916 we are told the French wore blue trousers. This is a World War I propaganda card, with the mustachioed head being that of Kaiser Wilhelm II Emperor of Germany & the bayoneted head being his son, the Crown Prince Wilhelm. Sold but front still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50 mf(p)w
"Die Bäcker im Felde. / Das frische Brot wird zum Lagerraum gebracht." showing the delivery of fresh bread by German military bakers during World War I, unused Kriegspostkarte, reddish-brown paper, trivial edge wear. $12.50 wfm(g)
"Die Bäcker im Felde. / Mannschaften einer Feldbäckerei auf dem westlichen Kriegsschauplatz." showing the crew of a field baker's shop on the western front in World War I, unused Kriegspostkarte, reddish-brown paper minor corner wear & rounding. $11.50 wfm(g)
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"Dinant Pri- / son improvisée / par les Allemands, le / 23 août 1914 " showing a Belgian café that was converted into a prison by the Germans during World War I, sign at right commemorates death of 19 residents who were shot there; lengthy historical caption in French & English, sepia-tone from booklet, mailed there 1920, much soil both sides (front is better than back), as is. $1.50 pbw
"DINNER FOR / BATTERY .F. / WELLSTON, O. / SEPT. 25, 1917" detailed AZO real photo showing the battery that departed 3 days later from Ohio to Alabama from their depot, unused, trivial corner rounding, light toning on back. One of the best Ohio postcards we have ever seen. (Shown is detail from the upper right corner of the card.) $32.50 o(w)w
"Durch Fliegerbomben zerstörtes Hotel in Stenay" with German soldiers marching by a cafe that was spared, sepia-tone postcard with 18.4.16 message mailed in Seebnitz 23 April 1916, clear red double-ring 'Auslandstelle Cöln-Deuts. // Frei- / gegeben' marking near stamps. Front toning is noticeable at the edges, bottom corner with multiple but small creases. Much before its capture by Americans at the end of World War I. $5.00 fw-g
"ECOMMOY -- La Place - Passage de troupes" during World War I, including several horse-drawn artillery pieces, black & white on green back, unused, soiled back, worn corners, lacks freshness. $2.50 fw
"EN GUERRE / AUTO MITRAILLEUSE BELGE // THE WAR / A BELGIAN MOTOR GUN" with 'MINERVA' on its radiator; carte postale with CPI crest & a little pencil writing in English on its reverse, small bottom corner crease, inconspicuous wear at one top corner. Used in the first month of World War I, moving rapidly on near-perfect roads in the lowlands, often as escorts for aviators going against the Germans. Uncommon. $15.00 wbm(b)
"Eton Die Hauptstrasse" showing a cart with soldiers passing by some World War I ruins, black & white, Verlag Willy Koehler, unused, light brownish paper. Éton is in the Meuse Department of France. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50 fw
"Fesselballon, unsere Artilleriewirkung beobachtend. / Nach einem Gemälde von Prof. Hans Rudolf Schultze, Berlin // Deutscher Luftflotten-Verein / für Schaffung einer starken deutschen Luftflotte / und Förderung der Luftaherschule! /Jahresbeitrag: einschl. Vereinszeitschrift / 'Die Luftflotte' nach Selbsteinschäßtung / mindestens 3,- Mk. Berlin W 57, Grobenstraße 27." signed Hans Rudolf Schultze art showing an observation balloon directing artillery fire on a World War I battlefield; Postkarte sold for the creation of a strong German air fleet, mailed in Germany in 1915. The signature of the artist is in the upper left front corner of the image; all the caption information is from the back. A couple of tiny cancel ink spots in the lower left front border, good edges. $40.00 za(m)gmwa(s)
"FORÊT de COMPIÈGNE -- Monument de l'Armistice (Marcel Magès, architecte) / Emplacement du Wagon du Maréchal Foch" showing where the Armistice was signed, when the railroad card was not there yet. black & white, unused, violet handstamp on the back dated 11 Novembre 1918, extraneous but small red mark on back, faint small corner crease. $3.50 f(f)aw
"Foyer du Soldat, Germersheim a. Rh" including soldiers standing before their lodgings during the French occupation of the Rhineland in World War I. Pertinent message in French over the back comments on the windows, number of rooms, etc.; just a little ink smearing on back obscures nothing, minor corner & edge wear, a couple tiny spots of toning in the front borders. $9.00 m(f)ww
"Friedrichshafen a. B. 'Graf Zeppelin' in voller Fahrt. Im Hintergrund / die Zeppelinwerft vom Flugzeug as gesehen" shown at full speed with the zeppelin docking station below, as seen from an aircraft; Postkarte mailed 1.9.33 with 6-pfg. German stamp from Friedrichshafen to Coburg Bayern (Bavaria), small bottom corner crease not into the image. $10.00 zw
"German Dirigible 'Hansa' Arriving at Potsdam Harbor. / 29 © UNDERWOOD & UNDERWOOD, N.Y." circa-1916 postcard, corner & edge wear. Back text continues '... dirigibles used by the German / army in locating the position of the enemy and in / making night raids into the enemy's county.' Sold but front still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 zwm(g)g
"German Uhlans / Captured by / French / Dragoons" being led through the streets of Douai, color, numbered C.C.A.145 on back, unused, corner wear & rounding. These soldiers are also known as Ulans to Polish / Prussian people. $6.50 fm(f)w
"God Save the King" with the first 4 measures of music beneath, followed by the words in English then French; unused postcard from REX (their 601), very light album toning at the back corners, otherwise excellent condition. Emphasis was on English / French solidarity in World War I -- not French-Canadians, who resisted being drawn in. $10.00 mwp
"HANS RUDOLF / SCHULZE" art signed in upper left front corner, Postkarte published by Deutscher Luftflotten-Verein & mailed 1915 at Karlsruhe Baden, a little translucent toning near the back left edge, speckles of cancel ink in the front sky. A fund-raising postcard for the creation of a strong German air fleet, illustrating the usefulness of an observation airship during the bombardment of Warschau (Warsaw Poland). $27.50 za(m)gmpwa
"In Action! / Making Doughnuts at Front Line" showing female Salvation Army workers cooking for many American soldiers in France during World War I. Widely reported throughout America by hardened war correspondents, the anticipated scandals never materialized and the Salvation Army reaped millions of dollars worth of free publicity. Their charitable organization was thereby transformed. Unused post card from the 1919 Salvation Army fund-raising campaign capitalizing on that publicity. Minor corner wear, lightly toned back. $15.00 scfw
"INTERIOR VIEW, HOSTESS HOUSE / CAMP MILLS, N. Y." with several people seated in wicker furniture near a fireplace, black & white, unused postcard with toned back, corner wear & rounding, old price in stamp box does not completely remove. This Long Island facility was erected by The Knights of Columbus and the YWCA for the World War I embarkation camp. $5.00 nwfi
"IRLES (Somme) -- Le terrain repris depuis le 25 Aoút 1918, depuis Irles jusqu'a l'horizon / Ground reconquered since the 25th of august 1918, from Irles to the horizon" black & white on green back with light browning back edges, unused. $2.00 fw
"Korpskommandant / F. Z. M. Stephan Ljubicic / PHOT. JANUDKA / WIEN, 1919." striking portrait Austro-Hungarian officer Stephan Baron von Ljubicic in uniform, tiny spot of light toning at two front corners, trivial wear at one corner, otherwise surprisingly fresh. Born in Croatia, his long military career spanned 1877-1915, rising to Kommandant of XI Corps. Hard to find. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 277% of original area) & enhanced 120-dpi scan in .jpg (208,620 bytes) or .tif format. $1.75 wcgm
"K...P.-de-C.) -- Parc et Tennis" with location information scraped off in censorship, writing on back from soldier at the 1st Army Rest Camp dates to July 1917. small stain along one back edge, small corner crease. $4.00
"La Grande Guerre 1914-15 Blemerey (Meurthe-et-Moselle). / Visé Paris 41 R.P. Paris Barricade élevée par nos poilus" unused black & white carte postale from booklet, stress mark near the detachment edge noticeable from the back, printing at a slight tilt as issued. $4.50 wfm(f)
"La Guerre en Lorraine en 1914-1917 / GERBEVILLER. - Après le bombardement / La Chåteau, vu du Parc" black & white carte postale with red caption & green back, back edges browning with age, minor corner rounding. $3.00 wf
"La Guerre de 1914-1915 dans les Vosges / NOMPATELIZE (Vosges) / Eglise incendiée a Nompatelize et Tombes de Soldats morts pendant les Combat du Mois d'Aout 1914" including a cemetery, black & white with red caption, much writing on back, 2 spots of toning on back, one spot of toning at front top edge, mild corner & edge wear. $3.50 fcw
"La Guerre 1914-18 -- L. C. II., Visé Paris / 236. La Cathedrale(sic) de REIMS en feu - The Cathedral of REIMS on fire" during World War I, black & white on green back, unused, light toning along 3 back edges. $3.50 fwf
"La retraite allemande en Belgique Novembre 1918" showing retreating German soldiers & their wagons in a city, unused sepia-tone postcard from a photo by P. Legast, mild corner wear & rounding, back paper browned with age. $5.50 bhw
"Les Américains en France / RIMAUCOURT (Hte-Marne). - Les Baraquements / Edit. A. M." showing the barracks of American soldiers during World War II, black & white carte postale with green back, light toning near the back edges, small corner crease, minor corner rounding & edge wear. $6.00 f(r)m(u)w
"LES FÊTES DE LA VICTOIRE À PARIS -- 14 JUILLET 1919 / Avant la Défilé - Maréchaux PÉTAIN & FOCH" showing the generals at the front of a victory parade, unused carte postale with green back, back edges browning with age, long but inconspicuous internal crease, minor corner rounding. $5.00 wfp
"MUSÉE DE L'ARMÉE -- HOTEL DES INVALIDES / 1. Nacelle arrière du Zeppelin L-49, attérri à Bourbonne-les-Bains le 20 Octobre 1917" showing the remains of a German zeppelin which crashed in France during World War I & was put on exhibit. Unused carte postale with green back, tiny speckles of toning both sides (only prominent in the front caption area), good edges. $35.00 zwa(m)f(b)m
"One of the / Belgian / Dog-drawn / Machine Guns / Off to the Front" postcard, W.C.A. 145 on back, unused, corner wear & rounding. This idea was only temporary because the dogs did not like the noise of battle. $35.00 bdmw*
"On the Fringe of No Man's Land / A Lassie meets a Laddie" showing silhouettes of a female Salvation Army worker near the front line saluting a soldier in the American Expeditionary Force in France circa 1918; unused black & white postcard solicitation for the Salvation Army Home Service Fund, small corner crease, long internal crease, toned back, and a few small raised spots on the front (possibly from the printing process), noticeable scrape on soldier's arm. Campaign in 1919 just after the publicity that predictably followed the sending of women to the front lines. The women behaved circumspectly and with great credit to their organization; there was not even a hint of scandal. $10.00 w(s)ssw*
"Park Scene, showing World War Memorial, Port Chester, N. Y. 3 / 1A3004-N" as it looked in 1931, reprinted later and mailed in 1953, corner crease, minor corner & edge wear, some extraneous writing on back. $2.00 nw
"Passing Fort Santa Cruz, Entrance of Rio Harbor" unused Azo (triangles up, 1904 - 1918) real photo postcard, published by Brown & Shaffer in Newport News Virginia, album marks at the corners of both sides. Brazil tried to maintain neutrality at the start of World War I, but torpedoing of its ships by German subs resulted in their joining the Allies in October 1917. On August 1 1918, after the Allies had squabbled over their usage, the Brazilian Navy departed from the port of Rio de Janeiro to work closely with US forces in the Atlantic -- rather than working with the Italians in the Mediterranean, or with the French along the African coast. We dare say this explains & dates the postcard precisely, because US ships would have been in attendance. History in your hands! $19.00 m(b)bw
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"Phot-Express Imp. Baudinière, Nanterre Visé Paris. N. 341 / 341. La Grande Guerre 1914-15 -- En Alsace / Chasseurs Alpins en réserve" showing several mountain infantrymen taking cover near a large cross, unused carte postale, good edges. Probably the French XVth Corps 6th Battalion, which was there in 1915. Seldom offered; we found but one example on exhibition when we visited the Internet. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 am(f)wc
"Pont-a-Mousson. Parade vom 14ten Juli 1914 12er Dragoner." showing German dragoons (mounted infantry) on parade in the French town that was an important river crossing during World War I, accent on the à in the town name omitted. Back reads 'Militärisch zensiert und zum freien Verkehr zugelassen. / Kunst- und Verlagsanstalt Schaar & Dathe, K.-G. a Akt. Trier // Nr. / 947' which means militarily censored & approved for homeland use. Bottom corner has a faint crease, very late usage at San Felipe Texas. $10.00 pm(g)wf(p)
"P. & O. R.M.S. Kaisar-i-Hind, 11,500 Tons Gross. / India Mail and Passenger Service." with signed art, unused, toned front side edges. Registered in 1914, she serviced London and Bombay primarily. Later requisitioned for transport in World War I, she carried British, French & Indian troops. Post card sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size 72-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50 s(p)s(o)wi
"R38. Leaving the Hanger at Howden. // Duncan / Copyright" unused circa-1919 sepia-tone real photo postcard with upper corners gone. The airship hangars were located in West Riding Yorkshire. They opened in 1916 & provided protection to shipping along the east coast of England. They closed shortly after World War I. Rare: The only other surviving example we could find is in the Hull Museums Collections, and is not currently on display. The only patrol airship of its type ever built, it crashed while in flight over Hull on 23 August 1921. Tragically 44 of its crew of 49 perished. $30.00 e(h)bwd
"REIMS / CATHÉDRALE / SAUVETAGE DES VITRAUX, TANSEPT SUD / NOV. 1917" sepia-tone showing the salvage of stained glass windows in France during World War I, No. 36 Collection Antony Thouret, unused, paper browning with age, unusual subject matter. $8.00 fsw
"R. M. S. Canada" underway & moving to the viewer's right, postcard published by C. W. Hunt & Co. (British manufacture), minor corner wear & rounding, couple tiny spots of toning in the sky. Transatlantic crossings connected Liverpool to Boston, Halifax & Quebec. A troopship during the Boer War, later accommodated German prisoners during World War I. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 s(d)wps(o)
"Ruines de Zeebrugge / The Ruins at Zeebrugge // 1914 - 18 // Convoyeurs et dragueurs de mines anglais / English convoys and mine sweepers" including the British Motor Launches ML 557 & ML 532 in the foreground, unused carte postale on brownish stock, separated carefully from a Nels booklet, tiny spot of light toning near one back corner. Both ships earned battle honours for service off the Belgian coast. $5.00 s(m)bw
"Sac de LOUVAIN 1914 Entrée du Théâtre" black & white showing men in the ruins of a Belgian theater, mailed there 1915 to Oxford, corner crease, faint but long crease, small ink smear on back. The sack was by the Germans in August of that year, during World War I. $2.75 bw
"Salvation Army making Doughnuts under / bombardment of German Guns, Front Line, France" showing female Salvation Army workers cooking for American soldiers during World War I. Widely reported throughout America by hardened war correspondents, the anticipated scandals never materialized and the Salvation Army reaped millions of dollars worth of free publicity. Their charitable organization was thereby transformed. Black & white postcard from the Chicago Daily News--an example of the publicity. $12.00 wsc. Same image but an unused postcard with a different back from the 1919 Salvation Army fund-raising campaign capitalizing on that publicity. Minor corner wear, lightly toned back. $15.00 wsc
"Scenes in Belgium / after the / Battle of Haelen" showing the Belgian infantry at rest, badly creased corner. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg (194,778 bytes) or .tif format. $1.50 bmw
"Serie A No 5 / En Guerre - Une bonne partie / The War - A joyous party" showing cavalry soldiers playing cards while their horses rest, carte postal mailed in France during World War I to Elida Ohio, stamp with worn top, unevenly toned back, 2 corners with small faint creases, mild corner & edge wear. $5.00 pw
"St.-AGNANT (Meuse) bombardé" showing the church that was bombed in WWI, unused sepia-tone carte postale with green back & red caption, toning near back edges. $5.50 fw
"Steamer 'Ransom B. Fuller' Bath, Maine" black & white postcard, high-quality (near photographic) printing in Germany, mailed 1908 to (Mrs. Floyd) Carlie Doty in South Park ME from her aunt Maggie in Sherman ME (light DPO cancel), 2 small corner creases, another corner worn, cancel on front, album impressions at the corners. This coastal passenger steamer was owned by the Eastern Steam Ship Corporation. It served the Navy as a barracks ship 26 November 1917 - 15 April 1918. $18.00 m(b)s(c)s(m)s(e)wg-m
"Steamer Yale leaving Harbor, / San Pedro, Cal." circa 1912 postcard from O. Newman Company, corner crease, corner & edge wear, partial cancel on front. When registered to the Pacific Navigation Company, this coastal steamer also serviced Los Angeles, before sale to the Navy. In World War I, after overhaul & modification, this ship transported hundreds of thousands of soldiers in Europe. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50 s(p)s(c)c(s)c(l)w
"STRASBOURG. - 22 Novembre 1918. - Le Général Gouraude pendant le Défilé des éléments de la IVe Armée / ..." Green back, writing on back, The prosthesis on the General's right arm is visible; that arm was lost when he led a French expeditionary force at the Dardanelles in 1915. He commanded the 4th Army mentioned in the caption till the end of World War I, and later served as a one-time member of the supreme war council. $8.00 am(f)wg
"Street to the Bridge in St. Mihiel." showing pedestrians & a cart near some wartime damage, unused sepia-tone carte postale from booklet, paper browning evenly with age. $3.00 wf
"THE BALDWIN LOCOMOTIVE WORKS / GASOLINE LOCOMOTIVE / THESE WILL CARRY FOOD AND SUPPLIES TO / THE U S A BOYS IN THE TRENCHES // U. S. A. / 189 // THE B. L. W. PHILADELPHIAN" uncaptioned Azo (triangles up) real photo postcard showing a truck delivering an ultra-small 4-wheel trench railway engine to sailors at the port of Philadelphia. Ordered by the Army for use in World War I during static & prolonged trench warfare in France, such railroads were meant to be entirely movable by truck, have a low profile or signature, have the ability to negotiate small-radius curves with minimal clearances, and be easily righted if derailed. Ultra rare, the design of this engine was undoubtedly an important secret at the time. If your experience is the same as ours, you will not find another image of it on the Internet. The Wikipedia article which mentions & explains its existence is not illustrated with photo or a diagram, for example. Belongs in a museum. $160.00 wp(p)t
"The real commander of thi(s) place is not the one with the cap on. What used to be done to her when she persisted in mauling you boys around." Uniformed woman with WWI US Army officer's campaign hat stands next to a uniformed man with WWI US Army officer's hat (distinctive eagle insignia). Sepia-tone real photo postcard is a bit smaller in both length & width than most postcards but it does not appear to be cut down. In fact the top front looks like it has the bottom of another image that was above it. Light toning near the bottom right front corner Deciphering humorous comments is tricky at best. Our guess is that the lady is a circa-1919 (consistent with oxidation) Salvation Army commander attached to the unit, and well respected as such. $6.00 m(a)w NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU
"Training to beat H---- / Yes, Hell was 'made in Germany' / Of that no proof we lack _ / Returning it's a duty, - so - / We're going to hand it back" with art showing US Army soldiers digging trenches, postcard from Series 590 Military Mottoes, mailed AUG 21 1918 to Mr. Robert Lafferre in Belleville West Virginia, 2 corners creased, light toning both sides, minor corner rounding. $2.75 pw
"T. v Eckenbrecher 14" printed signature of German artist Themistocles von Eckenbrecher on art depicting 'Zeppelin über Antwerpen' (as we learn from the back) acting as a military observation platform, Feldpostkarte used 31.3.15 at Sobernheim (very clear cancel on back, no stamp necessary) to a Belgian address, soft corners, traces of cancel ink on front. Postkarte sold for the creation of a strong German air fleet: 'Deutscher Luftflotten-Verein / für Schaffung einer starken deutschen Luftflotte / und Förderung der Luftaherschule! /Jahresbeitrag: einschl. Vereinszeitschrift / 'Die Luftflotte' nach Selbsteinschäßtung / mindestens 3,- Mk. Berlin W 57, Grobenstraße 27.' On canvas, this artist's work is infrequently offered at major auction houses with estimates in the tens of thousands of dollars. Bad Sobernheim is located in the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany. After its defeat at Liege by the Germans, the Belgian Army fell back to Antwerp, and was forced to retreat still further after heavy fighting such as that shown. $30.00 zba(w)a(m)w-r
"UNION-CASTLE LINE ROYAL MAIL STEAMER 'GASCON.", black & white mailed JU 13 10 from Durban Natal (bold cancel ties 1-d King stamp, partial arrival marking next day) to Ladysmith Natal, minor wear & rounding to bottom corners, trace of cancel ink on front , faint album impressions at the corners. Mailed just after her transfer to East Africa service; later, serving as a hospital ship in World War I, she rescued HMS Pegasus survivors. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size 72-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50 (s(u)mw)!!*
"Unser König beim 2. Korps. / Februar 1915" showing the Bavarian King inspecting his troops during World War I, unused, yellowish paper, minor wear at one corner. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size & enhanced 72-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50 bwr
USS NORTH CAROLINA (ACR-12). "U. S. Cruiser 'North Carolina' in transport service..." with many men crowded on deck, unused Azo (triangles both ways) postcard, rounded corners. Extensive soil on both sides, but could be mostly cleaned up with patience & a very soft eraser. Necessarily between December 1918 & July 1919, when she repatriated servicemen of the AEF returning from World War I. You clean $6.00; we clean $10.00. s(m)w!
"U. S. MOTORCYCLE CORPS, SHOWING ARMOURED MOTORCYCLE WITH MACHINE GUN." More precisely: a shielded Hotchkiss machine gun on an early Harley-Davidson. Unused white-border era postcard, trivial corner wear. Sold but still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (almost 2x original postcard area) 100-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50 mwm(a)
"U. S. S. Imperator." a side view underway, during her brief (3 months during 1919) US Navy service bringing troops home after World War I. Unused sepia-tone Azo (triangles both ways) real photo, tiny bend at one corner, 4 short linear marks in the sky, tiny ding in the top edge. More often seen as a transatlantic passenger ship, she was for a time the largest of that type (after the Titanic sank), beginning life as the SS Imperator for the Hamburg America Line. Later she became the RMS Berengaria for the Cunard Line. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 s(m)s(c)s(o)w
USS MANCHURIA. The troop transporter in World War I at St. Nazaire France, Azo real photo (triangles both ways), thins on back due to album removal, corner crease, edge wear, lacks freshness. $8.50 Photo from the same series as that shown at wonderland.com.
USS NEW HAMPSHIRE (BB-25). "Going up gang-plank from / lighter to ship New Hampshire / 'Homeward-Bound' / Apr. 22-1919" with caption from writing on back, sepia-tone Azo (triangles both ways) real photo postcard with good focus & interesting composition, light album marks & indentations at corners, tiny corner crease nowhere near the image. The soldiers boarding served in France. Possibly unique: no caption, no photographer attribution, no publisher credit. $12.50 s(m)h
"U.S.S. WEST-MADAKET In the Port of Rotterdam / 1-18-19" unused real photo postcard, image printed at an angle to the edges, noticeable edge wear & toning. Commissioned in late October 1918, this was her first (delivering flour) of only 2 trips in World War I; decommissioning was in May 1919. We doubt there are many photos of this ship from that brief period in existence. This Liberty Ship was later to be torpedoed in the Atlantic, sinking on May 5 1943. Sold but front side still available for scholarly study & research as an enlarged (about 771% of original print area) & enhanced 200-dpi scan in .jpg format. $2.00 s(m)nw
"VERDUN. -- La rue Chatel bombardée. Vise Paris 2328 / Chatel street bombarded" including a couple of soldiers mounted on horseback, unused sepia-tone carte postale from booklet, browning paper with age. $3.75 wf
"Visé Paris No 3012 886 NOYON. -- Trou fait par l'éxplosion d'une mine. / Au loin, la Cathédrale. -- LL." showing a hole created by the explosion of a land mine, including a few people & some soldiers for scale; black & white postcard on unused carte postale with green back, toned back edges, 2 small spots of toning in front caption area. $6.00 f(n)w
"Visé Paris No 3015 800 NOYON. -- Bureau de change installé par les Allemands. -- LL." black & white on unused post card with green back, toned back edges. German in sign reads "Wechselstube'. Postcard sold. Still available for scholarly study & research as a full-size 72-dpi scan in .jpg format. $1.50
"Visé Paris No 3021 NOYON 884. -- Soldats Français deblayant les Ruines après la fuite des Boches -- LL." carte postale showing several French soldiers clearing the ruins after the Germans left in World War I, black & white on unused green back with toned back edges, minor corner wear. $7.50 fm(f)w*
"Visé Paris no 689 689 LES RUINES DE LA GRANDE GUERRE. - Witry-lès-Reims. / Entrée du Fort / Great War Reims/ Witry-les-Reims. - Entrance of the Fort. -- LL." with several military men outside it, unused black & white carte postale from booklet, green back. Circa 1920 but fresh for its age. $3.50 wf(w)
"Visé Paris no 696 696 LES RUINES DE LA GRANDE GUERRE. -- Prosnes. -- Posted d'ambulance. / Great War Ruins. -- Prosnes. -- Field hospital. -- LL" with Red Cross sign prominent, black & white on green back, unused, sound edges. $3.50
"We built this Bridge under fire / at Dun-sur-Meuse Nove 5 -1918 / at night" which was 6 days before the armistice, sepia-tone Azo real photo (triangle both ways) postcard with caption taken from handwriting on back, trivial corner rounding, possibly unique. $10.00 wfb
"WORLD WAR SECTION AND ARLINGTON WIRELESS TOWERS, ARLINGTON, VA." unused white-border era Tichnor postcard with interesting printed comments on back. The headstones mark the graves of World War I soldiers, marshaled as battalions for review. Fairly fresh with good edges. Famous for its nightly time signals, the nation set its clocks to them until 1941 when they were dismantled as a hazard to aviation. $3.00 v(a)ccw
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" 8. März 1917" memorializing Count Ferdinand Adolph Heinrich August Graf von Zeppelin, the German general & aircraft manufacturer, who died on that date; black & white Postkarte with airmail sticker & neatly stamped German address on back (no stamps), hinge mark on back . Although not as well known, his earlier career in the 1860's to 1880's included serving as adjutant to the King of Württemberg & envoy of Württemberg to Berlin. $11.00 zgfw
"Alt-Stuttgart. Buchfenthor. 1770." Signed drawing by M Bach, mailed there 1901 to Bad Teinach, clear cancel, internal crease that is hard to see from the front. $4.25
"Da liegst du nun im Sonnenglanz, schön wie ich je dich sah, / In deiner Berge grünem Kranz, mein Stuttgart, wieder da. / " and 2 more lines of sentimental poetry in good high German praising the city; unused sepia-tone Postkarte from an undisclosed publisher, tiny bottom corner bend, pencil writing in stamp box will probably erase, tiny spot in upper front border. $3.00 wp
"Friedrichshafen" showing two small rowboats on river, mailed to Washington DC in 1921, par of 40 pfg. Germania stamps, receiving mark of recipient patent attorney in violet. $2.75
"HÜTTEN, Kreis Munsingen" real photo mailed to the United States 1961, rough borders as issued. $2.00
"Pfahlbauten in Unteruhldingen (Bodensee)" real photo view of Lake Constance, rough edges as issued, 2 small corner creases, mailed with pair of 10 pfg. Posthorn stamps. $3.25
SP AIR (Russia). Unused continental post card showing its Ilyushin IL-18D (RA-75497) at Stuttgart in August 1994, published in the Czech Republic, near mint. $7.50 arw
"Stuttgart - Fernsehturm" continental real photo mailed in 1950's to the United States, rough edges as issued. $1.25
"Stuttgart. Johanniskirche" color, mailed there 1903 to Boston (cleaar Jamaica Plain received station marking), small spot of toning on back, lightly toned back. $4.50
"Stuttgart. Partie aus den Kgl. Anlagen" showing 3 women (1 with parasol), color on undivided back, Julius Stoess 176, unused, yellowish paper, minor corner wear & rounding. Almost like a painting. $9.00 w
"Stuttgart. Schicksalsbrunnen am Landestheater" outdoor fountain in Würrtemberg, statuary includes 2 nude couples embracing, real photo mailed there 1942, trivial corner wear. $3.50 nw
Uncaptioned & unused black & white showing a young girl with fancy headgear, numbered 39732 and dated 1908 on back. $4.75
"Zeppelin-Museum Friedrichshafen a. B." continental postcard mailed 4 JUL 28 with 15-pfg Immanuel Kant Germany stamp from Weingarte Württemberg to Mrs. B. E. Kahler Evans in Cincinnati Ohio. Sender comments "... this is the Zeppelin Plant, just great..." so apparently the plant at Friedrichshafen am Bodensee had a small museum for visitors attached to it. Back divider reads "Graph. Abtlg. der Luftschiftbau Zeppelin G. m. b. H.' Two corners with small creases not into the image, stamp has a tiny nick on its surface. $9.00 wzm NEW / NEU / NOUVEAU
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