WORLD WAR I

WORLD WAR I POSTCARDS COLLECTION


52,126 ITEMS  |  5% DIGITIZED  |  0% CATALOGED

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DESCRIPTION

The collection’s 52,000 postcards depict the participants of the Great War through rich illustrations and photography. As the most popular mode of communication of the time, the postcard medium played many important roles throughout the first global conflict. Professional and amateur artists presented a “staged” portrayal of the war and, in parallel, captured a “documentary” record. Postcards actively participated in the war’s course, laden with propaganda promoting national unity and hatred of the enemy. Furthermore, they carried a lifeline of messages between loved ones. As the war dragged on, the breadth and scope of topics expanded to include every aspect of its all-encompassing experience: from military action, artillery, and leaders to basic human needs, relationships, and wartime hardships under extraordinary circumstances.

DATES

1810s–1990s

PROVENANCE

The collection was assembled over the course of 40 years by a German deltiologist and acquired by the Blavatnik Archive in 2014 from an anonymous postcard dealer. 

SUBJECTS

Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, Declaration of war and mobilization (different countries), Kaiser Wilhelm II, World War I battles, Armed forces (different countries), Battlefields, Military leaders, Weapons, artillery, and ammunition, Military transportation, Modes of communication, Prisoners of war, Women in the war, Daily life at the front, Trenches, Recreation and entertainment, Hygiene, lice, and rats, Medical services and personnel, Children in the war, Animals in the war, Labor army, Propaganda, Musical notations, Holidays and religion, Destructive effects of war, Maps and timelines, War funding, Victory