Original GERMAN WWI
Unit Postmarked Color Patriotic Postcard
The item being auctioned here is a rare, full color, original, unit postmarked, 1915 dated German World War I Patriotic Postcard that includes both the Iron Cross and the Imperial German Battle Flag. For reference, the card is on heavy, off white stock with gilt colored ink on the flag staff, finial and tassels. Moreover, for an actually mailed item that is now approaching a century of age, it remains in very good to excellent quality condition with no tears, rips, stains folded corners or other major blemishes.
Physically, this postcard is five and one half inches (5 1/2") inches in length (14 cm) by three and one half inches (3 1/2") in width (9 cm). As seen on the reverse side, it was mailed on 13 October 1915 by a member of the 4th Company, 32nd Infantry Division of the 12th Army Corps to his brother and was both postmarked and over stamped respectively by the mail distribution office for that unit.
As an aside, clearly denoted on the company level stamp found on this postcard is the fact that the 4th Kompanie, 32nd Infantry Division was formely identified prior to August 1914 as being a component element of the Royal Saxon 3rd Infantry Regiment No. 102. For reference, this unit was originally founded in 1709 and was permanently stationed in the town of Zittau in the Kingdom of Saxony, which had been ruled by King Friedrich August III since 1904. As part of the 12th Army Korp., this unit subsequently served with great distinction during the war, taking an active part in numerous major battles and suffering significant losses in dead and wounded.
The message, signature and address on this card are each written in clear, readable, medium gray colored pencil making this an easy to verify historic artifact. In all ways, this item is a pristine example of a German World War I era home front patriotic post card that would merit a place of distinction in any collection of World War I era German Military artifacts whether used as the centerpiece in a display case with other items, or simply stored as a rare postcard in an appropriate album.
Incidentally, this item is one (1) of over two hundred (200) equally original and unique German World War I era postcards that are in our current inventory. Included in this group are a number of post cards of the Kaiser and his family, the German General staff and individual soldiers in a variety of uniforms and field gear. As such, the complete collection serves as an historic reference in its own right.