Spanish Civil War Postcard 031


Front of postcard (recto). Image of a cartoon city street under attack. There are several explosions in the image with people running in different directions to avoid them. One explosion is on top of a bus. In the background, there are two buildings. One building has a sign labeled "Cine Del" (part of the sign is covered by an explosion). In the foreground, a man pulls his daughter away from the crowd and explosions. Full text includes "Cine Del".
Back of postcard (verso). Image of a page with text. Full text includes "137 Movie-Crowds are Caught by Rebel Shells The day after Christmas, 1937, Spanish Insurgent artillery batteries subjected the city of Madrid to the most prolonged bombardment of the War. The projectiles partially wrecked two large movie theaters and tore into a line of ticket buyers at one, killing and wounding women and children. Three persons were killed and eight badly maimed when a shell scored a direct hit on a trolley car in this same section where most of the Rebel fire was aimed. The next day the shelling continued. one shell shattering the 70-year old "Big Ben" clock, in the Ministry of Home Affairs Building, where Madrilenos customarily assembled on New Year's Eve to greet the new year by eating a raisin with each stroke of the great clock's bells. Over 400 shells poured into the city during a 48-hour period, causing great destruction and loss of life. 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 031


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Tamiment Library


c. 1936-1938




Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archive



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