Romantic Colors From The Great War
Wenn die Soldaten durch die Stadt marschieren:
When the soldiers march through town
German postcard, send in 1916 by way of Feldpost, by a soldier who writes a friend that he
does not meet many girls at the front. There is also a verse printed on the card that says
that girls love to kiss men with stars, stripes and moustaches.
By Rob Ruggenberg
Yes, of course there was romance in the Great War. Boys and girls continued to fall in love. The difference was that when they were parted, when the boys were sent to the front, their seperation could be forever. This made love intense and sad at the same time.
Writing was the only way to stay in contact. Apart from the usual letters, there were special picture postcards for soldiers and other cards for girls. But whoever send it, letters were always welcome, as this American postcard (on the right) tells us.
Below you will find a collection of romantic postcards from the belligerent countries. We have selected only real photographs, because these are rare. The pictures (usually black-and-whites) were hand colored afterwards.
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Un Baiser et Vive la France!:
A young German soldier bids his girlfriend farewell.
Another German Farewell
There were many postcards like this, showing soldiers saying goodbye to their girlfriends.
British postcard, especially made for the homefront to send to the men and boys abroad.
Hast Du mich lieb?
German postcard, with this rhyme:
Sag' mir's endlich frei und offen,
Tell me free and openly: may I hope for your love?
Cargo of Love
British postcard, also with a rhyme:
Oh! fair art thou my bonnie lass,
French postcard, with a rhyme too:
Un doux baiser, franc et discret
A sweet kiss, free and discreet, will never give you regret
Mein Herz gehört nur Dir
My heart belongs only to you.
Meine Worten solls Du trauen,
You should trust my words, you can depend on my vow.
Start Over Again !
Recommence! (Start Again), is the slogan on this naughty French postcard.
Click here for more color pictures and postcards of the First World War
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Sources: Most of the pictures above come from our own collection. Others were found in books, and a few elsewhere on the Internet - RR.