Spanish Civil War Postcard 012


Front of postcard (recto). Image of a cartoon woman with a camera being run over by a tank. Along the sides of the tank, lines of soldiers in yellow-brown uniforms run. In the background, the lines of soldiers continues. There is a large building on top of a hill. There are several explosions in the air. Another tank follows the lines of soldiers in the background. In the foreground, there is part of a red car.
Back of postcard (verso). Image of a page with text. Full text includes "89 Woman Photographer Crushed by Loyalist Tank Probably the first woman photographer ever killed in action, pretty Gerda Taro covering the Spanish Civil War for the Paris "Ce Soir," was crushed by a Loyalist tank during the great battle of Brunete on July 26, 1937. The Loyalists had taken Brunete, lost it, taken it again, and then lost it. Gerda Taro had left Brunete once in the retreat, and then decided to join the Loyalist rear guard in the city. For almost an hour she had crouched with a remaining battalion under Rebel bombardment. Finally she hopped on the running board of a press car. Suddenly, as part of a Loyalist counter attack, a tank, cruising blind, careened into view. With an unexpected swerve the creeping, shell-spitting monster bumped the daring young woman from her perch and crushed her beneath the revolving lugs! She died the following morning in the Escorial Hospital her husband-photographer, Robert Capa, at her side. 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 012


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Tamiment Library


c. 1936-1938




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