Spanish Civil War Postcard 024


Front of postcard (recto). Image of a line of cartoon people traveling away from a city on foot and by donkey. In the background, the city is under attack from missiles dropped by planes overhead. A plane in the foreground drops pieces of paper onto the line of people below it.
Back of postcard (verso). Image of a page with text. Full text includes "116 "Surrender or Perish"
As Rebel planes carried on their terroristic bombing of Barcelona for the third consecutive day, on March 18, 1938, they accompanied their deadly missiles with demands for immediate surrender. One plane showered the city with leaflets which read: "Surrender or perish!" Terrified citizens hurried to the mountains which close Barcelona in on the sea. Trusty mules helped the aged and families to get away. Some of the women carried small babies, with expressions of bewilderment on their small faces. Back in the city heavy bombs were crashing through the roofs of buildings and biting their way through the floors to explode in the cellars, wrecking the buildings. Some of the bombers flew so high that their presence was not known until their bombs dropped. Sometimes they came in group formation from one direction, but at other times they flew over from the opposite sides of the city. 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 024


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Tamiment Library


c. 1936-1938




Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archive



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