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A belated "Happy Halloween" to all our collectors!

A nice 1920 cut of some kind, in keeping with the spirit ...

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Thanks Bill for your post.I've been having trouble with delivery of cards lately and here's a few that were ordered but still m.i.a.

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Dean,

If I remember correctly you mentioned before that you were having some problems receiving your cards. I hope this gets resolved soon as you always have so much excellent and interesting artwork to share with the forum.

Many thanks for your latest posts and best of luck.

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No problem Bill.Happy Thanksgiving.Here's a Stuttgart postcard that just came in.

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Very poignant image.Can someone please elaborate on the events illustrated.

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Opfer - a sacrifice, a victim or a casualty. Kriegsopfer is a person/persons killed in a military conflict - soldier or civilian.

The artwork on Dean's illustrated card seems to blend the idea of the fallen war hero and the last act of Wagner's Ring of the Nibelungen. I believe the painting can be likened to the death of Siegfried, as his body was also consumed by flames. This last bit of the play literally brings life and meaning to the image.
 
"Brünnhilde makes her entrance and takes charge of events (the Immolation Scene). Brünnhilde issues orders for a huge funeral pyre to be assembled by the river. She takes the Ring and tells the Rhinemaidens to claim it from her ashes, once fire has cleansed it of its curse. Lighting the pyre with a firebrand, she sends Wotan's ravens home with "anxiously longed-for tidings"; they fly off. After an apostrophe to the dead hero, Brünnhilde mounts her horse Grane and rides into the flames.

The fire flares up, and the hall of the Gibichungs catches fire and collapses. The Rhine overflows its banks, quenching the fire, and the Rhinemaidens swim in to claim the Ring. Hagen tries to stop them but they drag him into the depths and drown him. As they celebrate the return of the Ring and its gold to the river, a red glow is seen in the sky. As the people watch, deeply moved, the interior of Valhalla is finally seen, with gods and heroes visible as described by Waltraute in Act 1. Flames flare up in the Hall of the Gods, hiding it and them from sight completely. As the gods are consumed in the flames, the curtain falls."

The addition of the national eagle standing as a solemn guard brings Wagner's opera up to date, more than likely the years of the First World War.

Basically that's how I see this card from Dean's fine collection. What's great about art is that everyone is entitled to their own interpretation, there usually is ample room for speculation, as we all see things on different levels. The female figure could also very well represent Germania..?

It'd be great to hear any additional ideas and insights into the meaning of this dramatic, melancholy image.

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Just a little add on to what Bill has stated I believe correctly: IMO from personal experience which isn't stating much! I believe this is the artist's depiction of a war memorial because I've seen so very many German war memorials. The rock base slab I've seen many times, but most often with soldier in full battle uniform, but not necessarily in the rest position with pillow. Not stating it is, but the memorial shown resembles the one in the Teutoburg forest. More often than not I've noticed the use of the German eagle at memorial sites due to what it represents as stated. The style of dress and symbolism ie, Imperial crown at her feet, a symbol of respect, sword pointing forward not backward and Imperial eagles on her gown, kneeling with head bowed in reverence to the fallen with the burning flames of eternal rest. I would have to say she represents Germania at a war memorial IMO.

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Mikee,

Yes, on second thought I believe you're correct. That has to be "Germania," bowing to respect the fallen hero. It still reminds me of the Wagner scene, but I think your explanation is much closer to the true meaning. wink

Always good to hear your thoughts. your insight has been very valuable to us on more than one occasion. Much appreciated amigo.

Thanks and best regards!

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Bill,
Thanks and thanks to Dean for posting more great post cards. I'm glad to help whenever I can. I looked for a picture of the war memorial I saw in the Teutoburg forest with no luck, but maybe I can find it on the internet.

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Translations welcome.
1914 card.

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1914 Stuttgart card.

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Dean that is a lovely card, and the drawing more\less tells about what it says. The girl says "Lieber Schutzengel mein, lass dir meinen Vater empfohlen sein", and what it means, is, she prays, but not for herself, but instead for her dad that fights at the front. "My dear guardian angel, please look after my dad", somethinglike that, is what it tells. Very sweet, but also awful. Its actually a little changed line from a poem that goes like this;

"Lieber Schutzengel mein, lass mich dir empfohlen sein.
In allen Nöten stehe mir bei, und halte mich von Bösem frei.
In dieser Nacht, so bitte ich dich,
beschütze und bewahre mich.
"

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Krullies:

Nice to see you here again.. we missed you.

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What a pleasant surprise! Two of Dean's nice new cards, and a visit from our old friend KR, along with superb translation of the first graphic. Now that's an excellent Christmas present, good to see everyone here. I trust you're all doing well and getting ready for the manic holiday season?

My small contribution is for the second card, something like this:

To Germany's honor & security,
Safeguard woman, child & multitude,
Germanic sword, Germanic fist,
Shall resound upon our enemy's skulls!

Naturally, the German version rhymes and has a much better ring to it, but this'll get us into 'shooting-range...' Man, that's a lovely bit of artwork.

To old friends then, cheers! wink

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Dean,

You sure can find them! Very nice! I really enjoy symbolism. Could you post a closeup of the snakes head. Thanks.

KR,

Yes in deed, a real pleasure seeing you post again, welcome back!

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Thank you so much William, John, Mikee ..

Mikee, I think the snake wears a traditional french hat. The snake, is evil, is France. A hat like this?

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Thank you for the responses,translations, and interpretations everyone.
It's so kind of you to take your time and smarts to help in the understanding of these art forms and pieces of German history.
I wish all of you have a great holiday season.

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Hey KR,

Exactly what I thought as well. French Phrygian cap, on the head of a snake with a forked tongue representing France,in effect demonizing them. The little girl praying to god for her father. In other words, we are a praying, compassionate, loving people, God is on our side, sympathize with this little girl and our cause, look what the french have done. etc.etc.etc. Psychological warfare.

Most of us in the USA and France know this cap as the Liberty cap or in French, (bonnet de la Liberté) or red cap (bonnet rouge). Which of course we all know is the symbol of liberty and freedom. On the other hand being a military minded individual, if this snake were on a military patch, this would be way cool. I would add fangs squirting venom though. Interesting how symbols can be manipulated for the desired effect. Thank you.


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A 1912 postcard addressed to a doctor.

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Input on what 'Deutsche Landsmannschaft' means pertaining to this card is welcome ?

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Dean,

At the top of the first card, 'Kriegsblinden,' could you spell out the small type at the top, please?

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Dean,

Very nice historical post cards!

I can understand why it was given to a doctor. "Den Kriegsblinden" refers to what is now known as Bund der Kriegsblinden Deutschlands BKD or Association of War Blind Germany which is now a unified organization, that was founded to take care of soldiers blinded in war or military service and their survivors and they provide that assistance in many ways, as you can imagine. As well as those blinded due to occupational accidents and violence. The transition is depicted in this post card.

The next post card. The Deutsche landsmannschaft "DL" or German Homeland Association which changed it's name in 1908 from Coburger LC was an organization of country teams or university student associations/fraternities. A lot of changes, reorganization and history here. The structure in the background of your post card is that of Coburg castle and since 1873 and even till today have held their annual meetings in Coburg. Honor, friendship and fatherland is the motto.

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Thanks for the good info on the cards Mikee.
Interesting to hear one has a relation to the Coburg castle,something that I would of overlooked for sure.

Bill, the small lettering for the kriegsblinden card looks to be:
Durch das gewulke bright sein light. Buch Hiob 3F V.11.

I liked this image because of the nouveau look to it and the blind knight-like victim with a look of disgust on his face as he clutches a crucifix as though it were a massive sword as his sheild lies behind him hanging on a tree.
What the instrument on his back is all about I have no idea.

There seems to be some crazy looking script on the back with some figures and judging by the illegibility of it, I wouldn't be surprised if it written by another doctor.

Also a mystery to me is the correspondence and postmark are in the year of 1912 but under the image there is what looks to be 4 names with dates of 1914/15.

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Durch das gewulke bright sein light. Buch Hiob 3F V.11. "Through the cloud his light shines" or something close which is a verse from the Buch Hiob or the book of Job. As we know Job was a man of patients and perseverance even through all his suffering and the book of Job often asked the question why does the righteous suffer and in the end Job was restored back to health. An inspiration for anyone suffering from an affliction.

The shield an instrument of war I see it's meaning as, he must put his life as a warrior behind him and pickup, learn a new skill, a new way of life which is the instrument of learning, a German lute and embrace no longer the sword of war but the sword of faith to help him get through his tribulation.

1914/15 could be war blind casualties from WWI.

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Dean,

Mikee's given a first class explanation covering the two cards, you don't get much better than that!

The only small things I can add about the 'war-blind' card are that the instrument the knight is carrying looks to me like a lute or mandola, and the top of the card reads,
"Through the clouds His light is brought ... Book of Job, chapter 37, verse 11." My thought about the names and dates not corresponding are that the card was available for autographs of visiting dignitaries at a later date..? I only recognize one of the signatures, that of August Wilhelm. Maybe he visited someplace where the card owner was at at that later date? Leastways, something to think about.

Many thanks for the great additions and excellent input gents.

Best!

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Thanks for your thoughts on card's signatures WWII.
Heres a card I thought was unusual.Comments on meaning welcome.Thanks

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Walkure card.

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Interpretations welcome for this Andreas Hoferbund fur Tirol card.
Looks like the date next to artist signature is 1918.

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1915 postcard addressed to Bohmen Germany.

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Maestro Dean,

A good way to start off the New Year!

"The war's wild fury escorted in battle with the strength of German youth, prepares victory for the Fatherland." I'd say that monstrous animal represents 'war's wild fury.'
Beautiful intaglio work, especially the way the torch flames neatly transition into smoke ...

A beautiful Valkyrie watches an epic struggle from the back of her colossal war horse as Wotan's ravens observe and memorize from above.

This next card is incredibly powerful, so simple, yet deeply profound. The end ... fini, kaput ... what's to come now..? All of Germany's might and power bested in combat, the hero and his mighty war eagle console each other in final and utter defeat. Mortally wounded in mind, heart and soul ...

One down, seven to go. Side by side, German and Austrian comrades fight the eight-headed hydra. Each serpent's head portrayed with nationalistic headgear so that we make no mistake about who the enemy is. Great tone to this painting, the sharp background light nicely contrasts the gloomy, mythical drama being played out at the front.

To all our mates, best! wink

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Thanks WWII for the excellent descriptions.
I found this weird 1907 card and thought it was cool.
Postmarked with a Freiburg cacellation and addressed to Reichenweier.

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Some close ups.

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Dean,

Nice post cards. Are there dates on these post cards besides the ones mentioned? Thanks.

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Hi Mikee.
There are some with correspondence dates,some with postal cancellation dates,some with both,and some with none at all or illegable.

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What about the post card of the boy riding the dragon. Any dates or writting? That one interests me. Thanks.

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That card is unposted and the only text printed on the back reads:
'Zum besen der fürsorge für die familien der krieger von Hans Thoma.'

Apparently Hans Thoma(1839-1924)was a fairly well known German artist.

Thanks for your interest in the card Mikee.

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Yes he was and still is. Do you think this is one of his works?

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Mikee-
On art net some of his work looks very similar to the card in question although this exact print wasn't found so at this point my guess is good as yours.Sorry I don't have a definate answer for you.

I thought the hydra card was neat.It reminded me of the guerilla warfare badge of the 3rd reich.

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