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Patriotic WW I President Wilson postcard. "One Million Strong" is a reference to the size of the Army the U.S. planned to send to France. In reality, at the time the Armistice was signed the combined total of Army, Navy and Marine troops that served in Europe was over 2,000,000, with another two million plus training stateside or garrisoned in foreign countries other than Europe.



Italian, "Americano YMCA" postcard featuring a caricature of Woodrow Wilson.



Flag and Navy 1918 postmarked patriotic postcard.



One of an unknown number of comical life in the Navy postcards designed by J.M. Watson.



Not a WW I era postcard per-say, this American Legion card published in 1930 is relevant because that organization was founded by WW I Doughboys.



WW I era Star & shield postcard.



Diagram showing the military equipment carried by the average WWW I infantryman.



One of twenty-four designs that make up the "Military Mottoes" series of postcards.



Postcard advertising Fatima cigarettes directed towards the U.S. Army. I've already posted the Fatima's Navy marketing card.



Designed for Chesterfield cigarettes by the genius advertising illustrator J.C. Leyendecker. One of four similar designs, featuring a marine, soldier (this one), aviator and sailor. I've posted three so far and I'm still looking for the one with the sailor.


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Navy themed Liberty Bonds postcard.



"Back to civilian life" - the aviator at home.



Romantic Naval themed play on words.



One of twelve designs from the "Sailor Lovers - Kids series".



I think this Allied flags "Tarjenta Postal" might have originated in Portugal.



American made Allied flag postcard.



"The Bashful Hero" is a French made and Xavier Sanger designed tribute to the American 'Sammy'.



Another French made hand painted postcard depicting what I think is an American soldier chatting up a stars and stripes clad French woman.



British card depicting a fanciful version of Yank soldiers attacking with bombs and bayonets.



YMCA "with the colors" postcard based on Kitchen Patrol , which is in its abbreviated form is known as "KP".


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Mikie, you're right regarding the vast amount of designs that seem to never end. Currently, I probably have around another hundred or so to post. I also seem to pick up anywhere from ten to twenty new ones a month. Then there's at least a couple of hundred that I've seen, but not been able to acquire yet. Plus, who knows how many other designs are floating around that I've yet to discover. In short, I have no idea where the bottom of this hole is.


Another one of an untold number of romantic themed cards designed by Archie Gunn.


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One of an unknown number of designs from the "Home Town" series. This example with a pennant still waiting for the name of its home town.



1914 postmarked, pre-WW I sailor postcard.



Another from a series designed by Jim Watson, who I've always presumed to be a sailor.



One more from the twelve design "War Nurses" series.



And yet another wartime nurse and patient postcard.



This is the third of four designs printed by the National Art. Company of New York that I've seen so far, all with a keep those cards and letters coming theme.



Another slogan postcard with an overly patriotic decorative border. This one bears a 1917 postmark.



"Home, Flag and Mother, three of the reasons Uncle Sam and his troops went "Over There".



Number one in a series of postcards devoted to life at Kelly Field, near San Antonio, Texas.


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British "Peace Once More" card featuring a British soldier returning home and the Allied flags, one of which is that of America.



American made WW I victory postcard.



1918 postmarked thinking of, and missing dear old Mom postcard.



Yet another patriotic "missing you" postcard.



Flag, battleship, soldier, and, of course, a rhyming verse. This card has it all.



American flag on a Camp Funston, Kansas postcard.



A French made, President Wilson, "Victorie" card.



Belgian made "Hommage aux Etata-Unis" ... aka, a tip of the hat to the United States.



I thought I had all of the WW I postcards designed by Bernhardt Wall. That was until I found this one reminding all service men to write home often, plus one other, that I'll post in the not too distant future.



"Oo La La! Back in the good old U.S.A."


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Presumably, this 1916 dated postcard was designed because of America's military presence down on the Mexican border.



Another 1916 dated Mexican border themed postcard.



WW I Canadian postcard on which the flags of the Allied Nations are depicted.



One of the the American variations of the Allied flags.



French postcard honoring the Parisian street that was named after America's president during the Great War.



Another patriotic motif combined with poorly rhyming verse.



Another take on life in America's WW I Navy by "Pettie" on board the USS Mercury.



And a comical look at the goings on aboard the USS Oklahoma as envisioned by an unknown sailor/artist.



One of six designs from a series simply known as "Comics"



i call this series comprised of an unknown number of designs the "Red Pennant" series. This red pennant happens to proclaim the card originated from Camp Mills.


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And a comical look at the goings on aboard the USS Oklahoma as envisioned by an unknown sailor/artist.

Plus it has a handwritten commentary on Navy chow!

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"The New Bandsman" is the fifth card in the "Fun in the Navy" series that I've posted. There's probably more, but I've yet to see the.



Likewise, this is also the fifth card I've posted in this untitled series devoted to female sailors. Again, I'm not sure if there are more designs, or not.



One more fill-in-the-blank pennant postcard, of which there are several different series. This example hails from the "Pennant Comic Soldiers" series of twelve designs.



This design is part of an untitled "YMCA With the Colors" series of postcards. During the war, the YMCA published several different themed series of postcards



This is one of twelve designs from the "War Correspondence" series.



October 1918 postmarked patriotic postcard of the Statue of Liberty.



A romantic take on economizing for the war effort ... Postmarked in 1917.



This is the first card I've come across from a French made series of probably six designs, titled, "Yankees et Parisiennes".



"The Joys of Army Life" ... Likely the title of another WW I series of postcards. I'm pretty sure this is the first design in that series that I've come across.



For a woven silk postcard, this American Doughboy is a pretty complicated design that's remarkably well done.


During WW I France produced dozens of souvenir silk postcard, most of which were aimed at British and American soldiers. For the most part, I stay away from these silk postcards, unless, like this example, its design is a real eye-catcher.


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This is the first card I've come across from a French made series of probably six designs, titled, "Yankees et Parisiennes".


That one is kind of touching, and a great addition before Veteran's day. I hope you find more.

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Gil, that is a great postcard. I t too hope that I can track down more in that series ... if it is indeed a series.


Dutch "BriefKaart", or postcard, celebrating the end of the War to End All Wars, on which President Woodrow Wilson is featured front and center.



Another French made art combined with photography postcard. For some reason, I've never really liked this style of WW I postcards, but they keep turning up and they're relatively cheap, so here's yet another one.



Early 20th century card from the "Sea Going" postcard series. Not sure how many cards complete this series. So far, I only recall seeing this one, "Flying a homeward bound pennant" and one other.



This one is from an untitled and unnumbered series of naval theme postcards, all of which were designed in the same monochromatic color scheme by the same designer/artist, several of which I've already posted.



"Service Flag Design" series, of which there are ten or twelve, each a variation on the son in service flag theme.



An example from the twelve design "Hands Across the Sea" series, all of which bear a 1917 copyright date.



1904 dated "Star Spangled Banner" postcard.



"I'm a War Baby Too", designed by Wallace Robinson, is a pre-WW I card that proclaims America's preparedness to enter the fray, should Germany compel it to do so.



More advice for the boys. Since this is the third card of this type that I've come across, it must be part of a series too.



This is the eighth card in the "Comical Soldiers" series that I've added to the collection. I don't think I've ever seen the two missing designs before, but I'm looking.


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One of many WW I era postcards bearing the likeness of President Woodrow Wilson. This card was printed in the United States.



Another President Wilson card. This example originated in Italy.



"Forward" is a YMCA "With the Colors" postcard.



A 1917 dated postcard depicting an American heavy tank going into action.



This 'KP" themed card was published by the YMCA at Camp Vail, New Jersey. That training camp specialized in training Signal Corps personnel.



Postcard bearing a 'Son in Service" flag.



French "Carte Postale" proclaiming that Alsace-Lorraine Wants Her Mother France".



This unusual, both in design and content, depicts an American soldier promising that he will be true to his girl while away overseas.



One of the twelve designs from the "War Correspondence" series.



Not sure what the meaning of "The Huns Would Have It" has to do with the arrival of the 'Sammy's" in France, but it clearly depicts a youthful Yank in one of the French port cities.



Oh good, got my periodic dose of these cards. I may not always have a useful comment, but do enjoy seeing them. Since it is Thanksgiving weekend, just thought I'd say Thanks for your efforts documenting them for us.



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This unusual, both in design and content, depicts an American soldier promising that he will be true to his girl while away overseas.

Yeah, this one is pretty different. Any idea who made it?



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Mikie, you're welcome. I'm happy to share. I'm still amazed at how many of these things were made. Probably on average, I see at least five new ones every week on eBay alone! Right now, there are 14 patriotic postcards currently in the mail on their way to me. Plus, there's also around 21 listings on eBay I'm considering bidding on. So I guess what I'm saying is that there's still plenty of them out there.


There's no ID as to the company that made that weird postcard. Judging by the card's reverse, it looks to have been made in the U.S. It also bears a January 1917 or 1918 (the last numeral of the year is illegible) U.S. postmark from Harriso(n?), Ohio. So far. I've never seen any other U.S. made postcards like that one. it's most singular!

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I missed out on these last week. An interesting window into the early 1900's.


A couple notes for you:


On post #895, "President Wilson and Humanity are protesting the subject of Acona."


According to Wikipedia: On 23 May 1915, Italy entered World War I and joined the Entente Powers. In 1915, following Italy's entry, the battleship division of the Austro-Hungarian Navy carried out extensive bombardments causing great damage to all installations and killing several dozen people.[14] Ancona was one of the most important Italian ports on the Adriatic Sea during the Great War.




The lower text is roughly, "Quickly, get my "writing machine" (typewriter?) It is necessary that I write another document." It's hard to tell if the cartoon is mocking Wilson for not taking more substantive action, or if it praising him for protesting the bombardment. Those look to be other documents floating behind him, possibly about other outrages and incidents.


On post #897:


I think that might be British. Note the use of the terms "Boches" and "bloomin Huns".


On post #886:


Join the Navy and see the World. Pretty much the same recruiting pitch used today. I like the details referring to Japan, China and Manila Bay. That is a huge ship behind him.


And finally, post #887:


Sailors in port, and young ladies on the beach... things never change. Notice the young ladies are averting their gaze!


Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to more.

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Gil, your observations are much appreciated, especially the "Bloomin Huns" one ... definitely British - not an American card!


More Navy antics as drawn by Pettie in 1918.



A pretty neat Navy postcard mailed from Brazil to Scranton, Pa by an unnamed sailor in 1908 documenting the date he crossed the equator on January 5, 1907.



One from the "Home Town" series, which I believe is made up of twelve postcards comprised of six big-headed ladies with pennants to be filled in with the appropriate home town, and six big-headed soldier boys, also with pennants, longing for a letter from their home town.



Not sure if this card was manufactured before WW I or during the war. However, I lean more towards it being a pre-war card.



This is the perfect postcard for anyone, soldier or otherwise, who wants to know how to say, "Put it there pal," in French.



Another French made "Remembrance" postcard in which the center picture could be cut out and replaced by an image of the sender. in this case the card is addressed to an AEF soldier (Phillip Verdun, Company F, 108th Ammunition Train), instead of being sent by one.



The purpose of this postcard designed for home-front consumption is plainly obvious.



One more offering designed by the prolific Bernhardt Wall.



One more of the twelve designs that make up the "War Motto Pennant" series.



A very nicely designed 1918 Mother's Day postcard.


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Comical Soldier series; Mr. Rookie.



This one, designed by Clare Ungell, is from an untitled comical soldier series, from which I've already posted several designs.



"The Bugle Call" is one of twelve "Flag series with mottoes" designs.



"For My Flag and Country" is just a black and white photo that's been jazzed up with a bit of color.



"From the Sunny South" is also part of an untitled series, of which I've seen five or six designs, but posted only one so far (two if you include this one). each design depicts a red, whit and blue clad maiden from a different region of the United States.



The next five postcards all feature Uncle Sam, as envisioned by various artists from France, Italy, England and the USA.


This is an American design, which of course is part of an untitled series printed in black and red. Each card in the series depicts America's favorite uncle abusing Germany's Kaiser in one way or another. To my knowledge, I've posted all of the designs that are known to me. Maybe there's more?



"Vive La France", or "France for Ever", a French made card, was designed by an Austrian artist, and a longtime resident of France by the name of Xavier Sanger.



"Brothers in Arms" is a British design showing Britain's John Bull, marching alongside of America's Uncle Sam.



This beautifully designed Italian postcard, "Libertas", presumably commemorates America's entry into the Great War on the side of the Allied Nations, one of which was Italy.



So far, I think I've posted three other postcards (four counting this one) from the twelve card "Comical Kaiser" series. I have two more from this series on the way, so there's six more designs I need to track down.


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Hello and Merry Christmas!


Look what I found yesterday! I am thrilled to be able to add a contribution here.




I hope you haven't already posted this one, but It'd take till next year if I had to start looking through all the cards here,


There is no markings on the card to say who created or printed it, but it does look like a style that you have posted before.





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Not sure if this card was manufactured before WW I or during the war. However, I lean more towards it being a pre-war card.


The Vacant Chair #2


I thought there was something familiar about this. This is based on a Civil War era poem and subsequent song.




This goes back to the concept of an "honorable death" which predated the Civil War.


Obviously the card is much later than that, but I am surprised that such a romantic concept continued to linger.


I heard an online book review of "The Republic of Suffering" that discussed how such notions changed due to the horrific mass casualties of the Civil War.




Families tried to comfort themselves with the thought that their loved one had "died well" for a noble cause, at least at the beginning stages of the war.


As casualties rose terrifically from even single engagements, the fervent hope that loved ones "died well" in the face of mass bombardments and grape shot.

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Yet another write me a letter postcard. This example was designed by Bernhardt Wall.



Sticking with the "please write" theme, here's a card bearing a pennant that was intended to bear either the hometown or training camp from which the postcard originated.



One of many postcards printed in France bearing the likeness of President Woodrow Wilson.



And, one of many U.S. printed postcards bearing an image of President Woodrow Wilson.



1908 dated patriotic sailor boy hoisting "old Glory".



Another 1908 dated postcard depicting "Naval Maneuvers".



One from the "War Mottoes with U.S. Flag" series which is composed of twelve designs.



"Buy Liberty Bonds" postcard printed by the U.S. Treasury Department.



This is part of a series of postcards, all of which are devoted to Camp Wadsworth which was located near Spartanburg, South Carolina. I think I've already posted three other designs from this series, and I've seen one other design online. So I speculate that there are at least six, or possibly, as many as twelve designs total.



I can't quite figure out who the polishers and menders mentioned in this postcard might be.


To my knowledge, soldiers mended and polished their own shoes and clothing up until late 1917. in addition, each company usually had it's own tailor and shoe cobbler to handle more complicated repairs that were beyond the skill level of the average soldier. Then in early 1918, The Salvage Service was established in France to take care of laundering, sterilizing, and repairing the shoes and garment worn by the Doughboys.


Any guesses as to who, or what organization was "bulging with pride" because they polished and mended the shoes and clothing worn by American soldiers?


I'm stumped?


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One more WW I homesick themed postcard designed by Archie Gunn.



As above ... ditto, Archie Gunn.



Something about this Alamo card design suggests that it might be post-war, But I can't definitely state that that is the case.



Another "Home Town" series offering with a blank pennant still begging for the name of an American city.



"Army and Navy Forever" postcard.



This is the first example I've come across from a twelve design series titled, "Religious Patriotic Message".



Another one of the Czech Army recruitment postcards that were designed to appeal to the Czech population who'd immigrated to America.



WW I victory/peace postcard.



Postcard depicting the wartime patriotic art of Gordon Grant.



This is the third example that I've purchased and posted here from an untitled series of patriotic postcards designed by an unknown artist..


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Something about this Alamo card design suggests that it might be post-war, But I can't definitely state that that is the case.

Sounds to me like it's for some kind of veteran reunion.


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Mikie, I agree. Like you said, it's probably some sort of postwar reunion postcard; maybe for 36th or 90th Division veterans.


Another example from an unnamed Navy series of postcards designed by Clare Ungell.



Comical WW I era Navy postcard designed by "Hank".



Patriotic Boy Scout themed postcard designed by Wallace Robinson. Most of the postcard work I've seen created by Robinson all seem to have been published around 1915 and are centered around America's preparedness for war.



Another card from the twelve design "War Correspondence" series.



British postcard trumpeting America's entry into the Great War.



American made end of hostilities "Victory" postcard.



1917 postmarked postcard from the twelve design "Soldier Comics" series.



And another one from a themed series set of cards. In this case it's the comical ten design "I Married My Wife" (to avoid going to war) series.



A card from a German series, number of designs unknown. Currently I have six, one of which I've already posted. This is the second example. Anyway, the series depicts life in occupied Germany in 1919. Many of the cards depict the red diamond insignia of the 5th Division. Therefore, it's possible that these were designed and printed by, or for, that 3rd Army Division.


Here, a hapless Doughboy is about to be "Ertappt", or caught, by a 5th Division MP fraternizing with a German woman.



So far I have three cards with designs similar to this.This indicates they are part of an unnamed series, each of which bears the flags of the Allied nations and American soldiers in camp, along with a corny caption.


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