Spanish Civil War Postcard 035


Front of postcard (recto). Image of a cartoon city street with a crowd of people pushing into a "Metro" entrance. In the foreground, a woman crawls from her wheelchair to the entrance. In the background, there is an ambulance, smoking buildings, explosions, and three planes overhead. Full text includes "Metro".
Back of postcard (verso). Image of a page with text. Full text includes "141 Populace Streams Underground to Avoid Bombs Continuous bombings by Rebel planes made the population of Barcelona jittery as evening approached on March 17, 1938. The bombs had penetrated seven-story apartment buildings, in some cases going through every floor, so that the basements afforded no protection. For this reason subway stations and tunnels became crowded to the utmost as the populace streamed underground in terror. Many people took bed coverings and a few scanty necessities. A crippled woman who sold lottery tickets in front of the United Press Offices left her wheel chair, although no one had ever seen her walk in 10 years! She crawled fearfully toward the subway and was picked up by an ambulance. Her lottery tickets were scattered over the street. Thus, in a fatalistic way, the people of Barcelona adjusted themselves to the raids, while the streets echoed to the shrill sirens of ambulances and trucks pressed into service. 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 035


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Tamiment Library


c. 1936-1938




Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archive



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