H73455 ARTWORK POSTCARD. (Kunstwerk Postkarte)

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.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly, 4 1/8" x 5 7/8", light-weight cardstock postcard features full color artwork of a group of uniformed soldiers crossing a stream in assault boats. The somewhat stylized artwork shows nice details that include a war flag and a command pennant. The reverse of the unused postcard has a black printed caption, "Die Deutsche Wehrmacht Erste Folge: Das Heer", (The German Armed Forces First Series: The Army), and, "Karte 10. Pionier beim Brückenbau", (Card 10. Combat Engineers Bridge Building). The reverse also has the black printed publishers name and location, "Verlag Leutert & Schneidewinf A.=G. Dresden"Heinrich Hoffmann, München". The unused postcard is in overall good condition with light age yellowing.

GRADE ****                             PRICE $22.00

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