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This 1910 dated hand-colored postcard is also part of an unnamed series that revolves around cigarettes and the smoke emitted by cigarettes. Apparently, cards from this series were manufactured in black on white, and also hand-colored.

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Designed by Clare Ungell, this card is one of several I've seen. All of which have a "Mother" theme. In other words, it's a yet another series of postcard designs.

 

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Another military postcard in poor taste depicting the sad state of race relations in the U.S. during the early 20th century.

 

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"No Man's Land" is an obvious reference to a law enacted by Congress which made serving alcohol to any man in uniform illegal.

 

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A beautiful French postcards depicting an American Bald Eagle gettin' all up in the face of the "Reichsadler" ... the Imperial Eagle of the German Empire.

 

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4 hours ago, world war I nerd said:

This postcard, "A Soldier's Dream", is part of a newly discovered series, which has no title.

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A newly discovered series? Well that should keep you busy for a while! 


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1908 postmarked United States and the Jack of the United States ... It's the flag that is flown on the jackstaff in the bow of all U.S. vessels that are moored or anchored, especially by those of the U.S. Navy..

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1918 copyright dated novelty postcard on which a cut-out photograph of the sender's face is to be pasted prior to sending.

 

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"Using a red signal flag has its drawbacks" is design No. 3 from the "Fun in the Army" series that was published in 1916.

 

I'm pretty sure this is the first design I've encountered from that series.

 

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Lady Liberty waving the U.S. flag from the six card French series titled "Jour de Triomphe", which translates in to "Day of Triumph".

The other five cards depict each Allied nation's (France, England, Belgium, Russia, Italy) version of Lady Liberty waving their national flag.

 

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"Doing good work" is a French postcard depicting a youthful Sammy helping France clean up the German presence on French soil.

 

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3rd Division soldier seeing Germany's Rhine River for the first time. This is part of an unknown number of designs devoted to America's occupation of Germany following the signing of the Armistice.

 

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Another newly discovered series! I posted one from this series back somewhere near the beginning. Recently I picked up three more from the "Tips for the Kaiser" series. I'm guessing it's composed of six designs. This example shows an unflattering caricature of Kaiser Wilhelm I as the organ grinder with Germany's Crown Prince Wilhelm of Prussia as the monkey, and the American Doughboy is, of course, calling the tune!

 

 

 

 

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The thought occurred to me as I was looking at your latest batch, it seems that these cards often came in a series of 12.

 

I am wondering if that may have been due to how they were printed.  Like dollar bills, I can imagine they may have been printed four, eight or twelve to a sheet, and then cut.

12 may have been the ideal number for the production process for whatever sized sheet they were printed on.


Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

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"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."

 

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Gil, that thought never occurred to me, but you're probably right. Series comprised of six, twelve and twenty-four cards seem to be the norm ... Three, four and six being the common denominators.

 

What I'd really like to know is the quantity of cards (of any design) that were printed during the initial run ... thousands - tens of thousands - more than that? Also, were some designs popular enough to warrant a second or third printing?

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The final card in the four design Chesterfield cigarette advertisement series, which is comprised of a Navy, Army, USMC and aviation design, all of which are now posted.

 

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Another example of what seems to be a series made up of a zillion French postcard designs featuring a faux American soldier look-a-like. The "Yank" imposter is wearing a British army service jacket and a New Zealand army "Lemon Squeezer" hat.

 

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