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Posted 17 August 2018 - 06:33 PM

Does anybody out there collect or have any interesting or unusual WW I era patriotic or propaganda postcards? If so, please post them.

 

As we all know, there are hundreds and hundreds (maybe even thousands and thousands) of WW I themed postcard designs out there. Over the years most WW I enthusiasts have become acquainted with the all too familiar and uninteresting postcard designs and themes that were printed for the masses during the Great War.

 

However, once I began really looking, I soon realized that in addition to the extremely boring postcards that we always see, an extremely wide variety of U.S. military themed propaganda and patriotic postcards produced here in the United States and in Europe were waiting to be excavated from underneath the layers of other postcards that we've seen a million times.

 

The subject matter of the postcards are as varied as the artists who created them … The images printed on them range from resolute renderings of Uncle Sam to crudely or humorously drawn depictions of America's soldiers and sailors. Many feature ridiculous parodies of Imperial Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm being taught a lesson. While others stress the Allied soldiers commitment to victory or depict French women clad in red, white and blue outfits anxiously anticipating the arrival of the "Sammies".

 

Anyway, here are a few examples of what to me are some of the more interesting U.S. military themed WW I era postcards.

 

Feel free to add additional postcards or commentary. Thanks for looking.

 

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I'll start things off with a few pre-WW I postcards like this 1904 dated "Nephew of Uncle Sam" doing what all soldiers are encouraged to do, which is writing a letter home.

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Posted 17 August 2018 - 06:36 PM

Uncle Sam with the step-children he inherited from Spain as a result of the Spanish American War.

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Posted 17 August 2018 - 06:37 PM

A 1913 dated postcard of a U.S. Navy liberty party returning to their ship, somewhat the worse for wear.

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Posted 17 August 2018 - 06:38 PM

Postmarked 1916, this postcard illustrates the sailor's dilemma of remaining neutral when confronted by a bevy of international beauties.

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Posted 17 August 2018 - 06:40 PM

A somewhat whimsical take on the 1916 Punitive Expedition into Mexico in search of the bandit Pancho Villa.

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Posted 17 August 2018 - 06:42 PM

Another 1916 postmarked card depicting Military Police chasing men in uniform away from a saloon. I believe it was against Army regulations for a bar, tavern or saloon to serve alcohol to a man in uniform.

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Posted 17 August 2018 - 06:43 PM

A classic patriotic postcard heralding America's readiness for war should the nation be provoked.

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Posted 17 August 2018 - 06:45 PM

Normally I would shy away from collecting or posting  a "cute" patriotic postcard, but this card compelled me to do so.

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Posted 17 August 2018 - 06:47 PM

The stars and stripes of America's might speak for themselves (or at least America's Uncle) in this card.

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Posted 17 August 2018 - 06:48 PM

Of course, you can't bring up the subject of patriotism without mentioning the Spirit of 1776, or in this case, the Spirit of 1917.

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Posted 17 August 2018 - 06:49 PM

The flag of the United States as well as the banners of the Allied nations were also a very popular  Great War theme.

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Posted 17 August 2018 - 06:51 PM

Uncle Sam was often depicted taunting Kaiser Wilhelm, err … I mean Bill.

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Posted 17 August 2018 - 06:52 PM

What's more patriotic than Uncle Sam & baseball? I guess knocking the stuffing out of "Kultur".

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Posted 17 August 2018 - 06:53 PM

Another depiction of Our Uncle.

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Posted 17 August 2018 - 06:54 PM

Not a Halloween card, but Uncle Sam as a sailor.

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Posted 17 August 2018 - 06:55 PM

Uncle Sam teaching "Bill" a lesson.

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Posted 17 August 2018 - 06:56 PM

Uncle Sam administering a "bitter pill" to the Kaiser.

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Posted 17 August 2018 - 06:57 PM

Who'd of guessed that according to this card, the Kaiser was badly in need of breath mints.

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Posted 17 August 2018 - 06:58 PM

The Kaiser getting ready for an unwanted trim.

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Posted 17 August 2018 - 06:58 PM

Who knew that the Kaiser was a dancer?

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Posted 17 August 2018 - 07:01 PM

Germany scoffed when America entered the war, thinking that it would take the U.S. a minimum of two years to raise, train, equip, transport and field an Army large enough to make a difference on the battlefields of Europe.

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Posted 17 August 2018 - 07:03 PM

During the war, in the U.S.,  the Dachshund dog became an enduring symbol of Imperial Germany.  

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Posted 17 August 2018 - 07:04 PM

Note the similarity of this card with the previous postcard … or vice-versa.

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Posted 17 August 2018 - 07:06 PM

Apparently a German prisoned was alleged to have said that … "France was in the war because the war was in their country. England was in the war for glory, and that the Americans' were in the war for souvenirs."

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Posted 17 August 2018 - 07:07 PM

This card combines Uncle Sam and a Dachshund.

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