Spanish Civil War Postcard 062


Front of postcard (recto). Image of two cartoon men in uniforms loading brown bags onto a submarine. Another man hands the bags to the uniformed men from a truck on a harbor-like space. In the background, there is an explosion on the water and three planes flying overhead. Two men stand on the corner of the harbor and watch the explosion.
Back of postcard (verso). Image of a page with text. Full text includes "275 Loyalists Adopt Submarine Mail Service In war or in peace the mail service cannot be interrupted and in Loyalist Spain today the postal authorities are carrying on under the most trying conditions. Mail trains have been bombed, mail planes have been shot down. Despite interruptions, however, the service has continued, even to the extent of sending the mail to distant ports via undersea boats, a service that was inaugurated on August 21, 1938. The submarine postal service was begun while planes roared in combat overhead. Six Rebel planes approached Barcelona during the loading of the undersea craft and were driven off by Loyalist pursuit planes, before the Insurgent bombers had an opportunity to do any damage. The picture shows how the mail was placed on the submarine. Trucks containing mail bags marked "Correo," Spanish word for Mail, rolled down to the wharf, and bags of letters were tossed into the open hatch of the sub. 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 062


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c. 1936-1938




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