Spanish Civil War Postcard 044


Front of postcard (recto). Image of cartoon women stacking sandbags on a hill next to a city. In the background, there is a large body of water, mountains, and city buildings.
Back of postcard (verso). Image of a page with text. Full text includes "164 Catalan Women Build New Fortifications On April 6, 1938, thousands of Catalan women began to build new fortifications around Barcelona, uniting with workers and soldiers in a frenzied race to get the Loyalist government seat protected against the impending Rebel offensive. Working gangs of volunteers totaling 15,000 moved to the front, as the Loyalist Cabinet issued warnings that so-called "sanctions" would be invoked against those failing to do their share in stopping the Rebels. Constructing a circle of fortresses, underground emplacements and reinforced artillery positions, women as well as men carried sand, cement and steel rods under a hot spring sun at the Catalan fronts. Soldiers laid down their guns to join them. Slackers were shamed into coming back and helping the in work of fortification. The fire from Insurgent guns was heard in the distance, but no one gave heed. 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 044


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Tamiment Library


c. 1936-1938




Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Archive



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