Spanish Civil War Postcard 011


Front of postcard (recto). Image of a cartoon train exploding. The train explodes on the rails inside of a station. The windows of the train are shattered and the explosion picks nearby people up into the air. A cloud of smoke surrounds the ceiling of the station. There is a man's body on the train tracks.
Back of postcard (verso). Image of a page with text. Full text includes "70 Subway Blast Kills Madrid Civilians One of the greatest tragedies of the Spanish Civil War occurred in Madrid on Monday, January 10, 1938, when munitions, hidden in a subway station, exploded! The blast occurred just as a crowded subway train was entering the station in the Ventas district of the city, laden with the usual 7 o'clock swarm of workers. The explosive war materials had been placed there by Loyalist sympathizers to be used at some later date against the Rebel army. Early reports stated that 100 people were killed and eight blocks of buildings damaged. Later figures, however, set the total deaths at 700. An extensive area nearly 1100 yards long and 220 yards wide was wrecked. The force of the explosion tore great craters in the street and injured many people in the surrounding buildings which were shaken by the detonation. Whether a spark set off the explosions or whether they were discovered by Rebels and ignited purposely was not determined. To know the horrors of war is to want peace This is one of a series of 240 True Stories of Modern Warfare. Save to get them all. Copyright 1938, GUM, INC., Phila., Pa."


Spanish Civil War Postcard 011


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c. 1936-1938




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