It was one of the deadliest conflicts in history and precipitated major political changes, including the Revolutions of —in many of the nations involved.
Please check the "Contents" page for the latest additions! The site features a collection of war-themed postal cards produced during World War 1 - More than 2, cards will eventually be displayed in an organized fashion.
The cards are mementos of a world at war during the second decade of the 20th century. This web site has been established to provide a tool to students, researchers and postcard collectors with an interest in the period of the First World War in general or "Great War" propaganda in particular.
These cards are historical artifacts which are not only often beautiful examples of the lithographer's art but are also of interest to students of art, military and political history.
All of the cards pictured in the site are authentic originals. The site is itself a "work in progress" and it will eventually display in an organized fashion over 2, selected international cards. A significant number of cards are "rare" from a collector's viewpoint and we therefore hope that this increases both the usefulness and interest.
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Oh yes, because of the image density, some of the pages may take a bit of time to load. Postcards as important historical artifacts. In reviewing this site it should be appreciated that these cards were produced in the pre-electronic age.
Postal cards were a universal medium of communication at a time when the only avenues of mass communication were printed newspapers, journals, books, posters and the mail.
It is therefore proper to consider "mail with a message", which is what postal cards are, as a medium of mass communication.
Postal cards were immensely popular and the economic mainstay of a vast and diverse printing industry throughout western Europe. Postcards were inexpensive, inexpensive to send, ubiquitously available and endlessly creative in the message their pictures conveyed.
Because they were a major means of communication, postcards were produced to communicate the full range of human thought and intent.
From humor to nostalgia to joy to hate. It is precisely for this reason that they are important cultural and historical artifacts. In times of war there is a distillation of belief and motivation and emotion that is clearly reflected in the cards displayed on this website.
They are not merely snapshots of a world at war. They are virtual windows into the minds and hearts of millions who fought that war on the battlefields and the home front as well.
The richness of study to be found in these cards will stimulate, delight and amaze you. To view the available pages, just click here: Last edited June 4, World War I (often abbreviated as WWI or WW1), also known as the First World War or the Great War, was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July to 11 November Contemporaneously described as the "war to end all wars", it led to the mobilisation of more than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, making it one of the largest wars in history.
• Over 21, nurses served in the Army during World War I. • A new component to the force, African-Americans served as doctors, dentists, and veterinarians during World War I. African-American physicians, Urbane F.
Bass and Thomas E. Jones earned the Distinguished Service Cross during the war. The World War I, which started with the assassination of the archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in June of , lasted till November, and had resulted in the death of one million combatants and seven million civilians making it one of the deadliest conflicts in history.
Oct 03, · Organized to commemorate the anniversary of World War I, World War I and the Visual Arts focuses on the impact of the war on the visual arts. Moving chronologically from its outbreak to the decade after the armistice, World War I and the Visual Arts highlights the diverse ways artists represented the horrors of modern warfare.
World War I, which lasted from to , introduced a new level of warfare and destruction to the world. Some artists, like those of Germany's Neue Sachlichkeit (New Objectivity) movement, focused on the brutality of war. Oct 03, · Organized to commemorate the anniversary of World War I, World War I and the Visual Arts focuses on the impact of the war on the visual arts.
Moving chronologically from its outbreak to the decade after the armistice, World War I and the Visual Arts highlights the diverse ways artists represented the horrors of modern warfare.