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The American version of an anti-Kaiser propaganda postcard.


Apparently, "hock" means to disable by cutting the ankle tendons in the hind leg of a pig, or other quadruped.


He may be taking him to the hockshop. Note the three balls of the pawnbroker.


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Thanks Salvage Sailor, I didn't know that three balls was the symbol of a pawn or 'hock'-shop.


Going to a pawnshop had always been my first thought in regard to that card's caption until I looked up what the word "hock" meant. The three balls symbol definitely indicates that they are indeed off to a pawnshop.


By the way, during my limited research on the word "hock", although there is no connection here, it's also shorthand for a specific type of German white wine!

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Uncle Sam's hat, boxing gloves and waving flags, pretty much sum up this un-posted WW I "soldier's messages" series postcard.



The message on this 1918 postmarked card roughly translates into: "We'll Get Rough with the Kaiser".



An American soldier and sailor teamed up with 'Columbia' all agree that they shall do their part.



Another selection from the "pennant comic soldiers" series. This pennant has been imprinted with Brantwood, Wisconsin as its place of origin.



I believe that the 'too' military characters on this postcard, who are "Two Proud to Fight" hail from the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.



A Navy themed postcard from yet another series (how many different series of cards did U.S. postcard manufacturers print between 1917 and 1918?) titled: "Comical Sailor Lover Kids".



Printed in Germany, this 'postkarte' is a nice tribute to the AEF's 3rd Army, which perhaps is better known as the 'Army of Occupation'.



All of the "War Nurses" series postcards, of which this is one, depict, exactly what one would expect ... nurses, going about their duties.



This untitled series of postcards, all of which are rendered in black, khaki and red, depict various events that were likely to transpire during the average American Doughboys service Over There.



This is the last of today's ten postcards. There's still more to come.


This the first patriotic postcard, I've come across, that seems to be dedicated to America's fledgling Air Service.


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Italian postcard commemorating America's entry into the Great War on April 7, 1918.



European made postcard (not sure if it was printed in Germany or France) dedicated to the achievements of the 36th Division during the World War. Probably printed in 1919.



A pretty nurse inspires a young lad to join the military. Not sure of the date on this one, but it was probably made between 1916 and 1917.



Another one of the twelve "War Nurses" series of postcards. This example bears a 1918 postmark. I've now posted six of the designs and am still searching for the remaining six designs.



"Last Goodbyes" designed by Archie Gunn. One of these days, I'll have to try and calculate how many different postcard designs Mr. Gunn created during WW I.



The artwork for this unsigned series of postcards is often attributed to Archie Gunn. While the style is remarkably similar, I'm still not entirely convinced that this card, and others like it, were painted by the hand of Archie Gunn. Over time, perhaps the answer to that question will be found. This postcard also bears a 1918 postmark.



This postcard stamped "Catawissa, Missouri", once again, bears a 1918 postmark.



The reverse of this patriotic postcard feature a "with the colors" YMCA red triangle logo.



A cheery verse and an elegant patriotic motif grace the obverse of this unposted wartime postcard.



If this topic was a bar, I'd be calling "last round" as this is the last card of today's posting.


The Italian and French captions on this really neat Italian postcard depicting Uncle Sam staring down a blood soaked German soldier translated in to something like:


"The murdering submarine, is it finished, yes or no?"


There will be more postcards posted in approximately seven days ... Thanks again for looking.


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Japanese postcard depicting Allied leaders, President Wilson included, printed to commemorate the end of WW I.



This portrait of President Wilson postcard is one of a series of Japanese made cards, each of which featured the leader of an Allied nation and flags of the Allied nations. The series is titled "Commemoration of Peace".



Another cheesy 'missing you' postcard. This example was marketed to the families of sailors serving in the U.S. Navy. This series is comprised of six designs and is titled "Sailor Love Message".



WW I era Fatima cigarettes postcard boasting that their brand of smokes were preferred by more than 80% of the officers in the U.S. Navy.



Part of the "Soldier Comics" series (12 designs). This card proves that at least one of the soldiers within any given barracks sleeps soundly each and every night.



1917 postmarked, souvenir of Camp Cody, New Mexico postcard.



No title or quantity on this series of comic AEF, 'Yank' postcards, but several in this red, khaki and black colored series have been posted already. This example shows a squad of eager Yanks trying to prove their point to a reluctant Kaiser Wilhelm.



Another one from the above mentioned series. In this one, a Yank dons a "Battle Bowler" or "Steel Stetson".



The verse on this postcard printed in Germany in 1919, is a homage to the 2nd Division.



The last card for today is another German made example bearing the insignia of the Army of Occupation, aka the 3rd Army.


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"The Girl I Left Behind Me". The 1909 postmark makes this a pre-WW I U.S. Navy postcard.



Injured WW I era sailor wants to remain in sick bay with the pretty nurse.



1918 postmarked card explaining that America entered the war for "peace".



Patriotic postcard bearing the flags of America's Allies. Written on the reverse of this military censored postcard is: "Arrived safely on the other side." The card was signed, "Son".



1918 postmarked card from the Charles Twelvetrees series depicting child soldiers. This example shows the feeling of abandonment due to the absence of mail from home.



Another patriotic banner or pennant style postcard proclaiming that it originated from West Pike (state unknown by me).



This card is asking America's foes, who scoffed at the United States ability to make a difference on the Western Front, "Whad'a think of a yank now?"



This Montgomery, Alabama based postcard shows how "swell" it must have been to be a raw recruit in the U.S. Army in 1917.



Of all the Allied nations, right after France, Italy seems to be next in line in respect to the quantity of postcards printed bearing various aspects of America's involvement in the Great War. The caption on tis particular card roughly translates into: "Recruited crews to Chicago for the new merchant fleet."



The last card for this week is from the twelve card, "War Mottoes with U.S. Flags" series. This one features a flag, flowers and a tank, and requests that you "Remember Your Friend."


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A Russian postcard featuring President Woodrow Wilson.



Another foreign postcard featuring President Wilson, this one from Italy, depicts Allied Generals herding Kaiser Wilhelm and his warlords towards Wilson. When translated, the French caption makes absolutely no sense to me ... "Flu by the allies, milked by Wilson." I have no idea what that means?



British victory postcard with Allied flags.



British made "forget me not" postcard with the British Union Jack and the American stars and stripes.



Child U.S. Navy sailor card brandishing a cutlass with more mediocre verse.



One of twelve WW I era "Comical Sailor Lover Kids" designs.



This French postcard pokes fun at the "Sammies" broad brimmed campaign hat, which apparently resembled a style of hat that was popular with fashionable French women.



Patriotic postcard from the twelve design "War Message" series.



Postcard issued by the Czechoslovak recruiting office located in the Tribune building, New York City. There Americans signed up to fight with the "Czech Legion" over there in France.



Last card ...


A neat Italian postcard showing the ribbons of various Allied nations, including those of the U.S.A.


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Postcard issued by the Czechoslovak recruiting office located in the Tribune building, New York City. There Americans signed up to fight with the "Czech Legion" over there in France.


The Czech Falcons, very cool. Thanks for posting this one.

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Everyone, thanks for noticing that a number of these patriotic card designs are actually pretty good.


Here's the reverse of the Czech Legion postcards.


It's interesting because it lists all of the American cities with recruiting offices. There are also a number of other designs out there, all of which are pretty cool. I believe that the blue number in the lower right hand corner of the card posted above signifies design number eleven in the series.


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Everyone, thanks for noticing that a number of these patriotic card designs are actually pretty good.


Here's the reverse of the Czech Legion postcards.


It's interesting because it lists all of the American cities with recruiting offices. There are also a number of other designs out there, all of which are pretty cool. I believe that the blue number in the lower right hand corner of the card posted above signifies design number eleven in the series.

Whether corny, dumb or good in our eyes, the thing about these cards is that they are a window into minds and tastes of the people 100 years ago. As such they are priceless in their own way.


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Last card ...


A neat Italian postcard showing the ribbons of various Allied nations, including those of the U.S.A.

This one is probably the most useful of them all from a modern day militaria collectors point of view. It never ceases to amaze me that folks around here can tell which ribbon is for what by sight.


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Mikie, I think you hit the nail right on the head with your thoughts regarding the wide variety of designs and styles of the above posted WW I era comic, propaganda and patriotic postcards.


This card pays tribute to what was going on back the home front. In this case, I'm pretty sure that the image is of a flag toting Boy Scout.



And, of course, the farmers did their bit ensure a victorious end to the World War.



This card refers to the pain a pair of newly issued and unbroken in hobnail field shoes could cause the wearer.



During the course of the war, just about every American Doughboy was introduced to "Vin Rouge" and "Vin Blanc", which we know as red and white wine. According to Doughboy slang, if too much of either intoxicant was imbibed, the drinker would become "Vin Blinked".



"Corporal of the Guard, a Grouch!" I guess that's the grouch, complete with baggage right behind the soldier. By the way, "kicks" was Dougboy slang for complaints ... kicking about the chow, was the same as complaining about the food.



This card boasts about all of the new ... ah ... friends, a new recruit in the Army might make.



Portrait of general Pershing by Philip A, de Laszlo.



This card published by the American Legion in 1926, seems to be asking WW I veterans to party like it's 1918.



Posted in 1916, the Italian made "In the Shadow of Liberty" postcard appears to depict Uncle Sam weighing up the cost of going to war against the price the rest the world will pay as a result of Germany's unrestricted submarine warfare policy.



Last one for today ...


An unconcerned Uncle Sam postcard posted from Camp Lee in Virginia in 1918.


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Another Uncle Sam card. This 1916 postmarked Italian example is critical of the United States, less than vigorous reaction, to Germany's resumption of unrestricted submarine warfare. The translation reads: "The threatening note of the United States to Germany."



Here, Uncle Sam, as portrayed on an American postcard is running Germany's Kaiser Wilhlem through the wringer as U.S. sailors cheer their uncle on.



German made postcard depicting soldiers of Belgium, France, Britain and America, i.e. the "New Watch On The Rhine".



Another one of the lonely soldier, "missing you", fill-in-the-blank pennant postcard.



Shipboard Marines firing a deck gun. One of several wartime postcards, all of which depict period USMC recruiting posters.



According to the note penned on the front of this postcard, there are eleven other designs in this U.S. Navy themed series of postcards.



A uniformed and patriotic urchin urges men of age to enlist.



The type of card a new recruit might receive praising him for doing his duty.



Pre-WW I postcard dated 1910 displays the American flag in the hands of a soldier garbed as a "Rough Rider" of San Juan Hill fame.



Last card of ten posted today ...


This postcard designed by Wallace Robinson is another one of my personal favorite designs. This pre-WW I card proclaims that the hat worn by America's Bull Terrier is not yet in the ring, The red, white and blue clad canine is surrounded by the dog breeds of the Allied nations that were at war with Imperial Germany.


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One of three designs (that I'm aware of) published by the National Art Co. All three of the designs are based on the importance of mail from home was to the men serving in America's military during the Great War.



Different card. Different designer. Different publisher. But same theme ... That of the importance of incoming mail to serving soldiers.



"Hurray for the good old Navy"



"Semaphore Instructions" from the "Fun in the Navy" series of postcards.


Not sure how many designs are in this particular series. So far, I've seen five of them. Three of which, I've posted and two of which, I'll be posting in the not too distant future.



Another French made "Sammy" and Marianne" postcard. I have no idea how many designs with these two characters were published.



This one's from the soldier romance series of twelve designs titled, "Soldier Comics".



Sammy and Marianne partying printed by a different French publisher. Not sure if this card is a 4th of July/ Bastille Day postcard or just a tribute to Franco-American relations, or a jubilant reaction to the fact that the United States finally entered the Great War.



Another on of many Allied flag postcard designs.



This French made "going home" postcard is a reproduction of a a rather simple hand painted watercolor illustration.



Last card for this week ...


An American made postcard based on a simple pen and ink illustration of a soldier fireside dream.


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1909, pre-WW I postcard depicting what looks to be Rough Riders from the Spanish American War of 1898.



Another pre-WW I postcard. This one hails from a series of cards published in Cuba about the activities of U.S. Navy sailors in Guantanomo Bay, Cuba.



Postcard depicting the after effects of too much shore liberty.



One of four Navy, "missing you" themed cards from a six postcard series titled. "Sailor Love Message" that I currently have in my possession.



The last of my "Sammy" themed postcards designed by Xavier Sanger. I think I'm still searching for four more U.S. themed WW I postcards designed by Sanger.



One of ten designs from the "I Married My Wife" series depicting a slacker who married to avoid WW I service.



1917 postmarked "good luck" postcard with a fill in the blank pennant featuring underage Doughboys.



An attractive Italian postcard proclaiming "Victory" times two! The cherub-esque Italian soldier is trailing a banner composed of the flags of the Allied nations.



This is the third card with an identical "United for Liberty" outer design and a similar, but different, inner design. Many of the series cards are marked on the reverse with the number of designs in that particular series. This series, however, does not mention how many similar designs make up the series.



Another design in the 'Fatherless Children of France" series. So far I've encountered four different designs.


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Mikie. not out of postcards yet. However, I did have a bust spell where I just couldn't do any posting though.


British made postcard featuring the likeness of General John J. Pershing, the Commander in Chief of the AEF.



Another offering from the twelve card series of "Soldier Comics". This example takes notice of the large amount of the housework that an American soldier actually did while training, and later fighting.



One of many similar themed wartime produced postcards. All of which pointed out the joy that a letter from home would produce on its recipient.



This "Home Town" series card is the reverse of the above postcard. It proclaims how much those left at home missed those wo went off to war.



1907 dated postcard bearing an image of the "Military Maid of West Point".



"Everyone Loves a Nurse" is one of twelve different "War Nurses" postcards.



This is another one of my all-time favorite designs. Uncle Sam and a sailor having a laugh and showing just a little bit of sympathy for a very confused Kaiser Bill.



This is the fourth of four similar postcard designs all printed in black, white, blue and gold colored ink. There may be more, but I've not seen 'em yet.



This very patriotic card was printed and sold in England.



More red, white and blue in this pseudo WW I era propaganda postcard ginning up support for the cause.


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Son in service shield postcard conveying good luck to its recipient.



A patriotic "proud of you" card.



1908 dated colorized image of Admiral "Fighting Bob" Robert D. Evans.



"Rendering Honors" from the "Fun in the Navy" series of postcards published in 1916.



"The Original AEF Pack, a comic reference to the Doughboys' often overloaded, and frequently heavy haversack and pack carrier when packed for full marching order.



A comical interpretation of what it was like to be alone on guard duty after dark.



A postcard tribute to America's Red Cross volunteer knitters.



This postcard also pays homage' to the home knitters who toiled to knit sweaters, scarves, caps, mittens and socks for the men and boys serving in far off France.



I'm not sure if this how the history of the 3rd Army was really kept.



In this postcard designed and printed in France, America's 'Sammy' declares his intentions to France's 'Marianne'.


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An early U.S. Navy postcard with a 1909 postmark.



"Comical Sailor Lover Kids" series of twelve. Not sure how many of these I've posted already?



Comical pre-WW I soldier postcard. Probably published sometime around 1910. Not sure how many make up this series, but I do have five or so by this artist in this format.



This one is from another pre-WW I series. I think I have six or so of these, all bearing a 1907 copyright date.



"Every feather a fighter" is a 1918 postmarked patriotic American eagle postcard.



Another American eagle motif proclaiming that that the folks at home have not forgotten.



A romantic French postcard designed specifically for Sammy's sweetheart.



Another French offering. This example informs both the sender and the recipient that the French Piolu and the American Doughboy are "hand in hand to victory".



This nicely designed American postcard pays homage to the average WW I American soldier.



1918 postmarked "Greetings from Camp" postcard.


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Another card designed by Bernhardt Wall. I've already posted just about every WW I card he designed, with the exception of a few that for some reason, I never really liked. If they show up cheap, like this one, then I'll pick them up.



I've been trying to get the color version of this card for a while now. I have a feeling that this grayscale version is a period knock off of the original French made "Sammy's Kiddy" postcard.



A nice tribute to the WW I American Red Cross nurse.



Another one from the twelve design "War Nurses" series.



This 1918 postmarked card comically compares Paris Station, which was located near Camp Sevier, Georgia to Paris, France.



This fill in the blank pennant postcard has been filled in with Camp Mills, which was located on Long Island in New York.



This Italian postcard heralds the entry of the United States in to the Great War.



This 1918 captioned, "The Americans are coming" postcard, written in English, French and German, appears to be printed on German postcard stock.



YMCA aviation themed postcard.



This is the third German made - Army of Occupation postcard that poetically praising the deeds of the 2nd Division during WW I.


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This 1918 captioned, "The Americans are coming" postcard, written in English, French and German, appears to be printed on German postcard stock.

Assuming that is Wilson on the left, this would be the first time I remember ever seeing him smile.

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Come to think of it Mikie, I don't recall seeing any images of President Wilson smiling either.


Other than being homesick for the southern part of the U.S., I'm not sure what the British postcard manufacturer was thinking when they designed and printed this particular postcard.



This 1918 postmarked American made "I'm missing you" postcard could be from a mother or a sweetheart.



On the reverse of this August 1917 postmarked flag and soldier postcard is an invitation to a patriotic rally in which the attendees will be regaled with "patriotic speeches, recitations and songs" ... "Bring the babies. Bring the American Flag."



A display of Allied flags and not so formidable war dogs.



The French "Piolu" and the American "Sammy" are portrayed as brothers in arms on this French made postcard. It's interesting that the uniform that's been cobbled together for Sammy is comprised of British Army service dress, a French Army waist belt, Scottish Highlander's leggings and a hat borrowed from the Army of New Zealand! I'm not so sure General Pershing would approve of this particular soldier's ensemble.



One of the twenty-four designs that comprise the "Soldiers Pennants" series.



Another example, just one of many "away from home" or "missing you" themed WW I era postcards.



One of the WW I American soldier's favorite pastimes, immediately following payday ... come on seven.



The caption on this British made postcard is a reference to the number of Yanks arriving in Europe each month during the summer of 1918.



A "Welcome Home" card courtesy of "The Hub, Gresco, Iowa. Anybody know what "The Hub" is?


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This is the second "The Slacker" postcard I've posted.


Although this one looks the same, the verse is different that the other "The Slacker" card posted earlier in this topic.



An unposted from a girl, to a boy WW I postcard.



Paris printed postcard praising the longevity of France and America's military friendship dated all the way back to America's Revolutionary War.



Silk postcard with insets of France's Generalissimo Joffre and America's General Pershing.



This style of service flag was found in churches across the U.S. during WW I. Each blue star indicated a parishioner in service.



This tribute in the form of a postcard, celebrates the contribution that American farmers made during the Great War.



Postcard proclaiming that the war was not won only by military men. Nurses played a large role in achieving victory off the battlefield.



Another wartime card applauding the nurse.


Comic postcard whose subject is the one squad in the entire training camp that no recruit ever wanted to be a part of.



According to this Canadian made postcard, the one thing that every soldier wanted to receive via mail was not news from home, or photos of loved ones, or tobacco, or candy. It was any type of bank check which could easily be converted in to cold hard cash.


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According to this Canadian made postcard, the one thing that every soldier wanted to receive via mail was not news from home, or photos of loved ones, or tobacco, or candy. It was any type of bank check which could easily be converted in to cold hard cash.

Didn't realize the Canadians were so unsentimental.

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