H032478 FELDPOST ARTWORK POSTCARD. (Kunstwerk Postkarten)

BACKGROUND: Artwork, as a propaganda tool, was widely used during the Third Reich and Hitler’s own humble artistic background also helped foster a general interest in German art. Many art exhibitions were held through-out German during the time period with the largest being held annually, ever summer from 1937 to 1944, at the German House of Art in Munich. As early as 1938 the OKW, Oberkommando der Wehrmacht, (High Command of the Armed Forces), actively began recruiting artists who were assigned to a units Propaganda Company along with photographers and journalists which accompanied all three branches of service in the field. In his position as the Reichsminister, für Volkserklärung und Propaganda, (National Minister for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda), Dr. Paul Josef Goebbels assisted the Armed Forces by compiling a list of suitable photographers, journalist and artists, and provided an eight week war correspondents training program for them. The photographs, artwork and reports from the Propaganda Companies were utilized to maintain morale, assist in recruitment and record the exploits of the German Armed Forces in the field and was utilized in assorted magazines, postcards and posters. By the end of the war almost two hundred war artists had served in the Wehrmacht. Of Note: The word Propaganda did not have the negative connotation to the German’s as it does to the English. Of Note: The German army had an extensive Feldpost, (Field Postal Service), that was established in August 1939 with its personnel drawn from the DRP, Deutsche Reichs Post, (German National Postal Service), and on September 3RD 1939 the Feldpost was fully operational. Originally personnel assigned to the field postal service were classed as Beamte auf Kriegsdauer, (Wartime Officials), until regulations of July 7TH 1943 reclassified them as Ergänzungbeamte, (Supplementary Officials). The Feldpost personnel were responsible for the collection, transportation and deliver of all military mail for free and were attached to a units Divisional Headquarters staff. Each company sized unit within the German army were assigned a specific Feldpost number to ease mail distribution. The Feldpost was considered a very crucial service and was an important link in the chain to maintain good morale.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: A 10.5cm x 14cm, light weight postcard with a black and white artwork image to the left side, with a Gothic scripted caption. The postcard also has the printed designation, "Feldpost", (Field Post), and the publishers name, "Holzchnitt von Georg Sluyterman v. Langeweyde". The unused postcard is in overall good condition with light age yellowing, as well as having a pair of punched holes to the left edge.

GRADE ****1/4                             PRICE $26.00

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