Spanish Civil War Postcard 032


Front of postcard (recto). Image of a cartoon building collapsing on top of a group of people. There are three bloody bodies entrapped in rubble. There are three people who reach above the rubble surrounding them. In the background, there is a group watching the building collapse.
Back of postcard (verso). Image of a page with text. Full text includes "138 Bombed Church Dome Crushes War Orphans On January 30, 1938, Generalissimo Francisco Franco delivered his reply to Loyalist offers of a truce in the bombing of civilian populations by sending his black-tipped bombers over Barcelona in two raids that took the lives of hundreds, including 158 war-orphaned children. The little boys and girls had taken refuge in the basement of an old church, from an adjoining orphanage, when the raid started. Four Rebel bombs scored a direct hit on the dome of the small church and it crumbled into the basement on top of the bomb-trapped children, causing a scene of unforgettable horror! Only seven of the refugee children survived the bombardment. Too ill and exhausted to leave their beds, they had stayed in the orphanage, chattering with fright, and thus escaped the terrible fate meted out to their comrades crouched in the church basement. 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 032


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Tamiment Library


c. 1936-1938




Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archive



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