Tag Archive | postcards

German Postcards WW1

German Postcards WW1

I picked these two repro postcards up at a gun show from a fellow who deals in militaria. The cards are typical of the type used by most of the major powers in WW1. The soldier at the front would send one of these to his wife or sweetheart to remind her of his love […]

The British have got Tanks!

The British have got Tanks!

“A wounded man from the 7th Company approached us from the right and gasped a few heavily charged words. ‘The British have got tanks!’ A cold shiver ran down my spine; the effect of this information on the morale of my men was plain to see. they. who had just been pouring scorn on the […]

A British Regiment Marches to War 1914

A British Regiment Marches to War 1914

This postcard is the most expensive I’ve ever purchased at $11.00. It is unique in my limited experience and I could not let it go. The card is not dated but given the subject matter I’d estimate the date of publication to be 1914 at the start of the Great War in Europe. The front […]

If Wishes Came True

If Wishes Came True

Below is one of my recent World War One era postcards finds: The card is post marked from Rockford, IL and dated November 20, 1917. World War One would have one more year to go┬ábefore the brutal fighting would be over. The US declared war on Germany in April of 1917 and was well on […]

Honey, Don’t Go_pre-WW1 postcard by De Witt

Honey, Don’t Go_pre-WW1 postcard by De Witt

Recently my wife and I had lunch at the Sprecher Restaurant in Lake Geneva, WI. If you are ever in the area it is certainly worth the stop. The food is excellent and they serve an excellent variety of craft beers. After lunch we pursued our hobby of visiting the local antique stores (or rummage […]

1st Royal Scots Pipes and Drums 1890s

1st Royal Scots Pipes and Drums 1890s

Here’s another postcard that caught my eye at the antique shop. It’s a print of the Pipe and Drum contingent of the 1st Royal Scots, the oldest regiment in the British Army. The publisher was Valentine and Sons. Valentine and Sons were Victorian era publishers of postcards and grew to be Scotland’s largest. The uniforms […]

Spirit of Paul Jones Postcard

Spirit of Paul Jones Postcard

The Spirit of Paul Jones is a recent find from an antique store. ┬áThe colorized postcards sell for a bit more than I’d like but then again they are old and somewhat unique. This one is postmarked August 29th, 1919. The sender is a gal named Pearl and the recipient is Miss Nancy Austin at […]

Great White Fleet Battleship Postcards

Great White Fleet Battleship Postcards

There is a shop in my area that markets collectibles. Lot’s of glassware, Hot Wheels, Action Figures, trains, and piles of other things people like to collect. The shop is semi-organized and according to the owner simply a labor of love. It’s the kind of place a cheap American Picker like me likes to visit. […]

A Sailor, his girlfriend and the Great White Fleet, c. 1910

A Sailor, his girlfriend and the Great White Fleet, c. 1910

Of the five post cards I walked away with from the antique store in Indiana I found this one the most interesting. First of all the artwork is fantastic. The colors are still stunning even though the card is postmarked February 23, 1910! The edging of the card is a metallic gold. My scan does […]

World War One Postcards

I picked up a couple of postcards at an antique shop. Both have WW1 themes and I found that rare in my limited experience. Both have obvious mistakes. Here they are: The first postcard features American soldiers with their distinctive campaign hats practicing with a “Maxium Machine Gun.” The Small Arms Defense Journal indicates that […]