Spanish Civil War Postcard 022


Front of postcard (recto). Image of three cartoon planes flying above a city. Below the planes, there are several large explosions and flames among the buildings. In the background, there is a body of water behind the city.
Back of postcard (verso). Image of a page with text. Full text includes "113 Franco's Planes Strafe Barcelona by Night Starting Wednesday night March 16, 1938, a series of terrible new air raids by Generalissimo Franco's bombing planes caused the most horrible civilian slaughter of the civil war, which entered its twenty-first month on March 17. Incendiary bombs, which burst into sheets of fire as they fell, burned up one whole block of buildings near the uptown section, and the flames were visible for many miles. The Rebel attackers came back the next night under a bright moon and circled leisurely across the suffering city. As they flew they dropped great 650-pound bombs, and the Loyalist anti-aircraft guns replied from below with flashing tracer bullets, seeking out the positions of the black-tipped bombers. Red Cross workers said the exact toll of dead would perhaps never be known because many of the victims were torn to bits and others burned to death in their blazing homes! To know the horrors of war is to want peace. This is one of 240 True Stories of Modern Warfare. Save to get them all and compete for 1000 Cash Prizes. Ask your dealer. Copyright 1938, GUM, INC., Phila., Pa. Printed in U.S.A."


Spanish Civil War Postcard 022


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Tamiment Library


c. 1936-1938




Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archive



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