Spanish Civil War Postcard 061


Front of postcard (recto). Image of a missile falling into a street or plaza. The street is filled with flowers, a handful of people, and buildings in the background. There are two explosions in the background and a plane in the sky overhead. In the foreground, there is a dead woman on the ground and a woman with flowers falling as a child holds her.
Back of postcard (verso). Image of a page with text. Full text includes "274 Rebels Bomb Barcelona's Flower Promenade On the eve of a new general offensive against Caralonia "to end the Civil War" the Spanish Insurgents loosed a heavy air raid on Barcelona on August 19, 1938. Between dawn and noon of that date the black bombers attacked three times. Twenty persons were killed and 100 were wounded. One heavy bomb crashed into the center of the "Rambla de las Flores," the city's famed Flower Promenade, destroying 12 houses. The Flower Promenade winds through the heart of Barcelona and has a tree-bordered central promenade with a network of narrow winding streets leading off from the center walk. Sections are devoted to markets of various kinds, several of the most attractive being used for the sale and display of flowers and birds. The picture shows how horror overtook the scene of beauty when the bomb struck. Note the flowers and shrubbery being torn up by shrapnel as shoppers were killed, children annihilated. To know the horrors of war is to want peace This is one of the second series of Horrors of War picture cards and true stories of today's warfare. Save to get a complete history. Copyright 1938, Gum, Inc., Phila., Pa. Printed in U.S.A."


Spanish Civil War Postcard 061


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c. 1936-1938




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