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Imperial German & WWI Aviation-Related postcards

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  • AVIATION POSTCARD FEATURING “THE NAKED PILOT.”

    SKU: 42-176

    $50.00

    This is an interesting aviation-related postcard titled “Der Nackte Flieger” (The Naked Pilot). It tells an interesting story of a pilot from November 1914. In addition to the text, the card features an oval photo of a pilot in its center. An Iron Cross is superimposed over the photo’s bottom. He is flanked by an illustration of an airplane on one side, and troops on the ground with a large cannon on the other.

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  • COLOR AVIATION-RELATED PROPAGANDA POSTCARD

    SKU: 42-84

    $15.00

    This is a color propaganda postcard from Great Britain. It shows a dog chasing a panic-stricken duck in flight. The caption reads “The Pup: “I didn’t know it was a Taube!” The postcard was not mailed.

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  • COLOR POSTCARD – AIRPLANE OVER CITY

    SKU: 42-04

    $20.00

    This postcard shows a caricature of King Albert of Belgium flying an airplane over a city. Hanging to the airplane’s tail is a chained Belgian Congo native holding the King’s hat. It is something of a slam against Belgium’s treatment of the Congolese, which bordered on genocide.

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  • COLOR POSTCARD – BRITISH AIRPLANE – ATTACK

    SKU: 42-70

    $15.00

    This color postcard shows a British airplane swooping down on the enemy. It is taken from a painting by C. R. W. Nevinson. On the reverse we see that it was produced for the benefit of the YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association). The first YMCA was founded in London during 1844.

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  • COLOR POSTCARD – CONTINENTAL AVIATION

    SKU: 42-28

    $15.00

    This color postcard shows a German airplane flying low over a German supply wagon.

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  • COLOR POSTCARD – EARLY ALBATROS BIPLANE

    SKU: 42-25

    $20.00

    This color postcard shows an Albatros biplane in flight. It is reproduced from a painting. A very faint, penciled note on the obverse dates it to 1912. It is titled “Albert Rupp auf Albatros-Doppeldecker,” (Albert Rupp on Albatros Double-decker).

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  • COLOR POSTCARD – ENGLISH AIRSHIP

    SKU: 42-31

    $20.00

    This color postcard shows an English airship flying on patrol over some English airplanes.

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  • COLOR POSTCARD – FRENCH 4. ARMEE – AIRPLANES

    SKU: 42-06

    $20.00

    This color postcard shows soldiers of the French 4. Armée and airplanes in the air. A message is written on the reverse. The postcard was mailed.

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  • COLOR POSTCARD – FRENCH AIRPLANE – FRENCH ARMY – BATTLE

    SKU: 42-39

    $15.00

    This is a wonderful French propaganda postcard. It shows a French airplane leading the French Army into battle. In the upper left corner, a mounted Napoleon looks on. I guess in some ways there was not a lot of change from 1815 to 1915, with a stop for the 1870 War in between. A message is written on the reverse.

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  • COLOR POSTCARD – FRENCH AIRPLANE – FRENCH NAVY – FRENCH ARMY – BATTLE

    SKU: 42-38

    $15.00

    This postcard shows a French airplane flying the French National Flag and leading the French Army into battle. In the background is the French Fleet. The postcard was mailed from France.

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  • COLOR POSTCARD – FRENCH MOTHER – CHILDREN – GERMAN AIRPLANES – ZEPPELINS

    SKU: 42-08

    $20.00

    This French color postcard shows a mother and her children near Paris jeering as French airplanes and German zeppelins fight overhead. The caption reads “Ah la Barbe les Sales Boches” (Beard the Dirty Krauts).

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  • COLOR POSTCARD – FRENCH TROOPS – AIRPLANES – AIRFIELD

    SKU: 42-17

    $20.00

    This color postcard was produced in the USA. It shows French soldiers standing in front of their planes. The caption is “A detachment of the French aviation corps.”

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    COLOR POSTCARD – GENERALFELDMARSCHALL PAUL von HINDENBURG

    SKU: 43-21

    $15.00

    This color postcard serves as a salute (Heil Hindenburg) to Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg. From writing on obverse of the postcard’s edge, we see it was sent with mention of Infanterie-Regiment Nr 46. The reverse shows it was mailed as a Feldpostkarte.

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    COLOR POSTCARD – GENERALFELDMARSCHALL PAUL von HINDENBURG

    SKU: 43-22

    $15.00

    This color postcard shows an inset of Generalfeldmarschall Paul von Hindenburg and the “Villa Hindenburg” in Hannover. It was mailed as a Feldpostkarte from Hannover in 1918.

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  • COLOR POSTCARD – GERMAN AIRPLANES – FRONT

    SKU: 42-67

    $20.00

    This color postcard shows an observation plane and a single-seater flying over the front. It comes from a painting by Professor Hans Rudolf Schulze. A large number of postcards similar to it were produced from paintings by Schulze and issued for the Deutscher Luftflotten=Verein’s benefit.

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  • COLOR POSTCARD – ITALIAN PROPAGANDA – ZEPPELIN

    SKU: 42-26

    $20.00

    This is an Italian propaganda postcard showing civilians and a zeppelin. A message is written on the reverse, and it was mailed in 1917.

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  • COLOR POSTCARD – MOTHER – CHILDREN – FATHER CHRISTMAS

    SKU: 42-10

    $20.00

    In this postcard, a French mother and her two children are seen on Christmas day. The children are playing with some of their presents, while Father Christmas offers another. He points to French cavalry and airplanes above in the sky, being urged on by Marianne, the symbol of French freedom. A message in French is written on the reverse.

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  • COLOR POSTCARD – SQUADRON – ENGLISH PLANES

    SKU: 42-19

    $20.00

    This postcard, which is in color, shows a squadron of English planes returning home from a raid. The postcard sports the RFC’s Coat-of-Arms on the reverse. (The Royal Flying Corps was renamed the Royal Air Force, its current name, late in WW II).

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  • COLOR POSTCARD – ZEPPELIN L 10 – SCHWABEN

    SKU: 42-64

    $3.00

    This is a modern-day color postcard of the LZ 10 Schwaben. The photo dates from the period of 1911-1912, although it has been recently reproduced in Germany. The postcard’s reverse lists some of the zeppelin’s statistics.

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  • COLOR POSTCARD OF A YOUNG MAN & PRETTY GIRL – ZEPPELIN

    SKU: 42-21

    $25.00

    This postcard shows a young man smiling at a pretty girl with a zeppelin flying overhead. The caption is “I’d rather be in a row boat looking up than in an airship looking down.” The reverse shows that the postcard was mailed in 1912 from Springfield, Massachusetts, USA.

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  • EARLY AIRMAIL POSTCARD

    SKU: 42-179

    $60.00

    Germany was one of the first nations to offer airmail. They did so by issuing a special postcard. They were highly-prized by both aviation collectors and postage stamp collectors. The special route that was set up went from Mannheim to Heidelberg and returned. Its obverse features an airplane in flight with the legend below it stating “Erste Deutsche Luft=Post” (First German Air Mail). Flanking this scene are views of Mannheim and Heidelberg, along with Mannheim Heidelberg and Heidelberg Mannheim. A message has been penned on the reverse. In the lower left corner we see that the price is twenty pfennigs for the postcard, and that it is for use in airmail. The cancelled stamp (five pfennigs) appears in the upper top right corner. The postcard was mailed in Mannheim, going to Heidelberg on 19 May 1912. [The USA did not begin airmail service until the 1920’s]. This is a very attractive and historic postcard that was sent by airmail more than one hundred years ago.

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  • EARLY POSTCARD SHOWING TAUBE MONOPLANE

    SKU: 42-177

    $30.00

    This is a very early postcard that shows a German Taube that just shot down another monoplane. At the bottom of the postcard is “Besigt. Abstüzendes feindlisches Flugzeug.” This is a drawing or painting. The artist’s name is noted along with “A526,” the postcard number. The firm’s name is below it. On the reverse we see that this is a Feldpostkarte. It was mailed through the military post system on 21 November 1917. The postcard is written in the purple grease pencil that was often used at the front. The postcard has two unit and Feldpostkarte stamps applied to it.

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  • FRENCH POSTCARD – ENGLISH AIRPLANE – GERMAN ULANENS

    SKU: 42-32

    $15.00

    This postcard shows an English airplane escaping from German cavalry. It appears that the airplane has landed to rescue one of the aviators. The mounted Germans are firing rifles at the escaping airplane. This is a French postcard that was mailed from France.

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  • GERMANY –  SANKE CARD  – OBERLEUTNANT RUDOLF BERTHOLD – NR 423

    SKU: 42-317

    $85.00

    Rudolf Berthold (1891-1920) was a forty-four victory ace. He was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite in April 1917. His commands included Jastas 4, 14, and 18. Also Jagdgruppe 7 and Jagdeshwader II. He was severely wounded several times during the war and was killed in fighting in Hamburg during the Freikorps period….    

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  • GERMANY - GUSTAV LIERSCH CARD - VIZEFELDWEBEL RUDOLF WINDISCH - NR 4784

    GERMANY – GUSTAV LIERSCH CARD – VIZEFELDWEBEL RUDOLF WINDISCH – NR 7784

    SKU: 42-307

    $95.00

    Rudolf Windisch (1897-1918) had one of the more interesting stories of aviators of WW I. After pilot training he was assigned to an observation squadron. In a daring move he and his observer Maximilian von Cossel blew up a bridge when von Cossel was dropped off to pull of this daring act. Both were personally decorated by Kaiser Wilhelm II with Windisch receiving the Prussian Crown Order 4th Class with Swords….  

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  • GERMANY – POSTCARD – 1938 GERMAN ENGINEERING

    SKU: 16-410

    $25.00

    This postcard started life as one that would have been used for the Imperial Period’s (Kaiser Zeit) Air Mail. Mention of that fact has been blacked out. Instead, it was mailed as a postcard regarding German technical or engineering prowess.

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  • GERMANY - POSTCARD - LEUTNANT KURT WOLFF - GUSTAV LIERSCH - NR 7845 

    GERMANY – POSTCARD – LEUTNANT KURT WOLFF – GUSTAV LIERSCH – NR 7845

    SKU: 42-299

    $95.00

    Gustav Liersch along with Willy Sanke were the two leading firms producing aviation postcards. In fact they often shared the same photographs and in this case the name Sanke appears in the lower right corner of the postcard….  

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  • GERMANY - POSTCARD - SEAPLANE - MARINE FLIEGER

    GERMANY – POSTCARD – SEAPLANE – MARINE FLIEGER

    SKU: 43-371

    $35.00

    This a full color postcard of A German seaplane in flight. There is no identification as to type. There is a note at the bottom which is headed by “Marine Flieger” (Navy plane). At the very bottom is mention of Prinz Heinrich of Prussia. He was the younger brother of Kaiser Wilhelm II and a Großadmiral in the Kaiserliche Marine. Heinrich was an enthusiastic aviation and automobile buff….

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CAR NR 534 - MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN - DEATH CARD - NR 534

    GERMANY – SANKE CAR NR 534 – MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN – DEATH CARD – NR 534

    SKU: 42-262

    $130.00

    This is Sanke card Nr 534 of Manfred von Richthofen and is also a death card. The pose shows his seated wearing his visor cap. On his ulanka is pined his Prussian pilot badge and 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. He is wearing his PLM at his throat. Below his rank is his name and a cross signifying that he was deceased. The card is bordered in black….

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD  - DIRECTOR ANTHONY FOKKER -  NR 410

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD  – DIRECTOR ANTHONY FOKKER –  NR 410

    SKU: 42-243

    $75.00

    This is Sanke Card Nr 410 of Anthony Fokker. He was the head of the Fokker company. Under his direction his firm wold produce the Fokker Eindecker, Fokker Dr 1 Triplane, Fokker D. VII, and the Fokker D. VIII. The Fokker D. VII was the most successful German airplane of WW I.

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD  - NAVY LUFTSCHIFF L. II - AT JOHANNISTEEL - NR 206

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD  – NAVY LUFTSCHIFF L. II – AT JOHANNISTEEL – NR 206

    SKU: 42-285

    $150.00

    This is a very early Sanke card Nr 206. It shows the Navy Luftschiff L. II at the landing field at Johannisteel which was outside of Berlin.

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD  - RITTER MAX von MULZER  - NR 385

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD  – RITTER MAX von MULZER  – NR 385

    SKU: 42-305

    $85.00

    Max Ritter von Mulzer (1893-1916 ) was a Bavarian and early Orden Pour le Mérite winner and the first Bavarian to be so honored. He was also awarded the Military Max Joseph Order which was the highest award for military valor which also included a knighthood and the right to add “Ritter” to his name. He scored all ten of his victories in variations of the Fokker Eindecker….    

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  • GERMANY – SANKE CARD  – RITTMEISTER MANFRED FREIHERR VON RICHTHOFEN -NR 533

    SKU: 42-318

    $150.00

    This is Sanke card Nr 533 of von Richthofen. This is a different variation of this card. It is what I refer to as a death card. It was produced in 1918 after the death of von Richthofen in April of that year. First we see a cross after Richthofen which indicates that he was deceased. Second the card was originally bordered in black. Over time this has faded into silver due to the oxidation of the card….    

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD  - RITTMEISTER MANFRED FREIHERR von RICHTHOFEN AND FOUR FELLOW PILOTS FROM JASTA 11  - NR 511

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD  – RITTMEISTER MANFRED FREIHERR von RICHTHOFEN AND FOUR FELLOW PILOTS FROM JASTA 11  – NR 511

    SKU: 42-312

    $140.00

    Jasta 11 was the most famous German squadron of WW I. Manfred von Richthofen was given command of it in January 1917 shortly after he received the Orden Pour le Mérite. He is seen with four of his fellow pilots from the squadron. From left to right there is Vizefeldwebel Sebastian Festner (12 victories), Leutnant Karl-Emil Schäfer (30 victories), Manfred von Richthofen (80 victories), Lothar von Richthofen (40 victories), Kurt Wolff (33 victories)….  

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - AIRPLANE ILLUMINATED BY SEARCHLIGHTS - NR 1032 

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – AIRPLANE ILLUMINATED BY SEARCHLIGHTS – NR 1032

    SKU: 42-288

    $75.00

    This is Sanke card Nr 1032. It shows an airplane flying at night illuminated by two searchlights.

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - ERICH LOEWENHARDT - NR 641

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – ERICH LOEWENHARDT – NR 641

    SKU: 42-310

    $110.00

    Erich Loewenhardt was the third ranking German ace of WW I with fifty-four confirmed victories. Only Manfred von Richthofen and Ernst Udet achieved more victories than him….  

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - ERNST UDET - AUTOGRAPHED - NR 621

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – ERNST UDET – AUTOGRAPHED – NR 621

    SKU: 42-253

    $1,695.00

    Our offering today is an autographed Sanke car Nr 621. His signature appears across his chest. On the reverse we see that this card was mailed in 1918 thus this is a war time signature. In the message box there is mention that he was a member of Geschwader Richthofen (JG 1)……

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - FLIEGERLEUTNANT WILHELM FAHLBUSCH - MOURNING CARD - NR 418

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – FLIEGERLEUTNANT WILHELM FAHLBUSCH – MOURNING CARD – NR 418

    SKU: 42-282

    $65.00

    This is Sanke card Nr 418 of Fliegerleutnant Wilhelm Fahlbusch. This is a morning card and the card is bordered in black. He is wearing the Prussian pilot badge, 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class, and the ribbon for the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class…..

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  • GERMANY – SANKE CARD – FLIERGERHAUPTMANN OSWALD BOELCKE – NR 409

    SKU: 42-316

    $75.00

    Oswald Boelcke was an important ace with forty confirmed victories. He along with Max Immelmann were the first aces who were awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite when they had achieved eight victories in January 1916. Boelcke would go on to create the first hunting squadron which was equipped with single seater biplanes as opposed to the earlier Fokker Eindecker….    

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - GERMAN BOMBER BEING LOADED WITH BOMBS - NR 1057

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – GERMAN BOMBER BEING LOADED WITH BOMBS – NR 1057

    SKU: 42-290

    $65.00

    This is Sanke card Nr 1057. It shows a German bomber being armed with bombs by her ground crew….

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - HAUPTMANN OSWALD BOELCKE, OBERLEUTNANT MAX IMMELMANN, AND SEVERAL OTHER PILOTS - NR 373 

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – HAUPTMANN OSWALD BOELCKE, OBERLEUTNANT MAX IMMELMANN, AND SEVERAL OTHER PILOTS – NR 373

    SKU: 42-277

    $60.00

    This is Sanke card Nr 373. It contains Hauptmann Oswald Boelcke and Oberleutnant Max Immelmann. Both are wearing their PLM’s. There are several other pilots in the photograph….

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - LEUTNANT CARL MENKHOFF - NR 617

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT CARL MENKHOFF – NR 617

    SKU: 42-275

    $75.00

    This is Sanke card Nr 617 of Leutnant Carl Menkhoff. He was well into his thirties before flying and was one of the oldest pilots in the Imperial German Air Service. He accumulated thirty-nine victories. He was shot down in 1918 by an American pilot. This was his only victory. Menkhoff spent the rest of the war in a POW camp….

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  • GERMANY – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT FRIEDRICH RITTER VON RÖTH – NR 647

    SKU: 42-244

    $75.00

    This is Sanke Card Nr 547 for Leutnant Friedrich Ritter von Röth. He was notable as he achieved twenty victories over observation balloons, scoring multiple kills in one day on several occasions….

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - LEUTNANT HEINRICH BONGARTZ  - NR 603

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT HEINRICH BONGARTZ  – NR 603

    SKU: 42-276

    $85.00

    This is Sanke card Nr 603 of Leutnant Heinrich Bongartz (1892-1946). During WW I he scored thirty-three confirmed victories. He received the Orden Pour le Mérite personally from Kaiser Wilhelm II in December 1917. He was wounded five times. He also served in the Luftwaffe…..

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - LEUTNANT KARL-EMIL SCHÄFER - NR 507 

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT KARL-EMIL SCHÄFER – NR 507

    SKU: 42-304

    $75.00

    Karl-Emil Schäfer (1891-1917) was initially a One Year Volunteer in a Prussian Jäger-Bataillone. He was later seriously wounded and was promoted to Leutnant. He then transferred to the Air Service and joined Jasta 11. He was one of the leading pilots there shooting down fifteen enemy aircraft during “Bloody April” 1917 (He was also one of the Jasta’s pranksters and jokester along with Kurt Wolff.). He was then posted to Jasta 28 as its C.O. At the time of his death later in 1917 he had a total of thirty conformed victories….    

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - LEUTNANT LOTHAR FREIHERR VON RICHTHOFEN - NR 526

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT LOTHAR FREIHERR VON RICHTHOFEN – NR 526

    SKU: 42-250

    $75.00

    This is Sanke card Nr 526. The subject is Leutnant Lothar von Richthofen. He was the younger brother of Manfred von Richthofen. He would survive the war, although he suffered injuries on more than one occasion. His total score was forty confirmed victories in a relatively short time at the front…..

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - LEUTNANT ERICH LOEWENHARDT - NR 641

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT LOTHAR VON RICHTHOFEN – NR 526

    SKU: 42-271

    $95.00

    This is Sanke card Nr 525 of Leutnant Lothar von Richthofen. Lothar was the younger brother of Manfred von Richthofen. He was assigned to Jasta 11 and commanded it in the absence of Manfred. He was injured on more than one occasion. He finished the war with forty confirmed victories. He was killed in a flying accident after the war….

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  • This is Sanke Card Nr 385 of Leutnant Max Ritter von Mulzer. He was one of the earliest winners of the Orden Pour le Mérite, the coveted “Blue Max.”

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT MAX RITTER VON MULZER – NR 385

    SKU: 42-246

    $60.00

    This is Sanke Card Nr 385 of Leutnant Max Ritter von Mulzer. He was one of the earliest winners of the Orden Pour le Mérite, the coveted “Blue Max.”….

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - LUFTSCHIFF HANSA - FLUGPLATZ JOHANNISTEEL - NR 267

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – LUFTSCHIFF HANSA – FLUGPLATZ JOHANNISTEEL – NR 267

    SKU: 42-287

    $125.00

    This is a Sanke card Nr 26 7. It shows Luftschiff Hansa which was a prewar Zeppelin ca. 1913. The airship is seen at Flugplatz Johannisteel….

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - LUFTSCHIFFES L. II - FLUGPLATZ JOHANNISTEEL - NR 207

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – LUFTSCHIFFES L. II – FLUGPLATZ JOHANNISTEEL – NR 207

    SKU: 42-286

    $125.00

    This is a very early Sanke card Nr 207 which shows Luftschiff L. II. This is at the Flugplatz Johannisteel which was outside of Berlin…..

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN - DEATH CARD - NR 619

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN – DEATH CARD – NR 619

    SKU: 42-263

    $130.00

    This Sanke card Nr 619 is unique among Manfred von Richthofen cards. It is a death card. The pose of him is seen in another Sanke card. His portrait is bordered in black. His name below it shows a cross signifying that he is deceased. Below that is a touching poem….

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN - DEATH CARD - NR 619

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN – DEATH CARD – NR 619

    SKU: 42-264

    $130.00

    This Sanke card Nr 619 is unique among Manfred von Richthofen cards. It is a death card. The pose of him is seen in another Sanke card. His portrait is bordered in black. His name below it shows a cross signifying that he is deceased. Below that is a touching poem….

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN - NR 450

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN – NR 450

    SKU: 42-268

    $135.00

    This is Sanke Card Nr 450 of Manfred von Richthofen. This card is notable for two reasons. It is the first Sanke card of the “Red Baron.” It is also the only pose of him in full dress uniform. The uniform is complete with his Prussian pilot badge and 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. Above that we see a four place medal bar with his Knights Cross Class of the Hohenzollern House Order with Swords. At his neck is the Orden Pour le Mérite….

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN - NR 450

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN – NR 450

    SKU: 42-267

    $135.00

    This is Sanke Card Nr 450 of Manfred von Richthofen. This card is notable for two reasons. It is the first Sanke card of the “Red Baron.” It is also the only pose of him in full dress uniform. The uniform is complete with his Prussian pilot badge and 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. Above that we see a four place medal bar with his Knights Cross Class of the Hohenzollern House Order with Swords. At his neck is the Orden Pour le Mérite….

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN - NR 450

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN – NR 450

    SKU: 42-266

    $135.00

    This is Sanke Card Nr 450 of Manfred von Richthofen. This card is notable for two reasons. It is the first Sanke card of the “Red Baron.” It is also the only pose of him in full dress uniform. The uniform is complete with his Prussian pilot badge and 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. Above that we see a four place medal bar with his Knights Cross Class of the Hohenzollern House Order with Swords. At his neck is the Orden Pour le Mérite….

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN - NR 503

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN – NR 503

    SKU: 42-256

    $140.00

    This is Sanke card Nr 503 of Manfred von Richthofen. This card is arguably the most popular of his Sanke cards and the one that I get the most requests for. It is one of his earlier poses and shows him from the chest up. He is wearing and overcoat over his tunic. His Orden Pour le Mérite is perfectly framed. He is wearing a visor cap at a jaunty angle. But what makes this pose so popular is his face. The seriousness of a Prussian officer and the penetrating eyes of a hunter…..

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN - NR 503

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN – NR 503

    SKU: 42-257

    $140.00

    This is Sanke card Nr 503 of Manfred von Richthofen. This card is arguably the most popular of his Sanke cards and the one that I get the most requests for. It is one of his earlier poses and shows him from the chest up. He is wearing and overcoat over his tunic. His Orden Pour le Mérite is perfectly framed. He is wearing a visor cap at a jaunty angle. But what makes this pose so popular is his face. The seriousness of a Prussian officer and the penetrating eyes of a hunter…..

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN - NR 7835

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN – NR 7835

    SKU: 42-265

    $150.00

    This is Sanke Card Nr 450 of Manfred von Richthofen. This card is notable for two reasons. It is the first Sanke card of the “Red Baron.” It is also the only pose of him in full dress uniform. The uniform is complete with his Prussian pilot badge and 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. Above that we see a four place medal bar with his Knights Cross Class of the Hohenzollern House Order with Swords. At his neck is the Orden Pour le Mérite….

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN & GENERALLEUTNANT ERNST VON HOEPPNER - NR 509

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN & GENERALLEUTNANT ERNST VON HOEPPNER – NR 509

    SKU: 42-260

    $175.00

    This is Sanke card Nr 509 of Manfred von Richthofen and Generalleutnant Ernst von Hoeppner. Von Hoeppner was the commander of the Imperial German Air Service….

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN & GENERALLEUTNANT ERNST VON HOEPPNER - NR 509

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN & GENERALLEUTNANT ERNST VON HOEPPNER – NR 509

    SKU: 42-259

    $175.00

    This is Sanke card Nr 509 of Manfred von Richthofen and Generalleutnant Ernst von Hoeppner. Von Hoeppner was the commander of the Imperial German Air Service….

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN & GENERALLEUTNANT ERNST VON HOEPPNER - NR 509

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN & GENERALLEUTNANT ERNST VON HOEPPNER – NR 509

    SKU: 42-258

    $175.00

    This is Sanke card Nr 509 of Manfred von Richthofen and Generalleutnant Ernst von Hoeppner. Von Hoeppner was the commander of the Imperial German Air Service….

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - MULTIPLE POUR LE MÉRITE WINNERS - NR 408

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – MULTIPLE POUR LE MÉRITE WINNERS – NR 408

    SKU: 42-249

    $75.00

    This is Sanke card Nr 408. It has ten PLM winners in oval windows. In the center it also has a window with von Cossel and Windisch who had an amazing exploit……

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  • GERMANY – SANKE CARD – NR 281

    SKU: 42-297

    $75.00

    This is a very early Sanke Card Nr 281. The airplane is actually French but it bears an Iron Cross on its rudder. There is also a German officer in the cockpit….  

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - OBERLEUTNANT BRUNO LOERZER - NR 616

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – OBERLEUTNANT BRUNO LOERZER – NR 616

    SKU: 42-274

    $140.00

    This is Sanke card Nr 616 of Bruno Loerzer. Early in the war he flew an observation plane and his observer was Hermann Göring. Loerzer commanded Jagdeschwader Nr III. He finished the war with forty-four confirmed victories….

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - OBERLEUTNANT BRUNO LOERZER - NR 616

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – OBERLEUTNANT BRUNO LOERZER – NR 616

    SKU: 42-273

    $140.00

    This is Sanke card Nr 616 of Bruno Loerzer. Early in the war he flew an observation plane and his observer was Hermann Göring. Loerzer commanded Jagdeschwader Nr III. He finished the war with forty-four confirmed victories….

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - OBERLEUTNANT EDUARD RITTER von SCHLEICH - NR 578

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – OBERLEUTNANT EDUARD RITTER von SCHLEICH – NR 578

    SKU: 42-309

    $95.00

    Eduard Ritter von Schleich was a Bavarian. He achieved thirty-five confirmed victories during WW I. He was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite and the Bavarian Military Max Joseph which was the highest award from his home state. This also granted him knighthood and the right to attach “Ritter” to his name….  

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - OBERLEUTNANT MAX IMMELMANN - NR 361

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – OBERLEUTNANT MAX IMMELMANN – NR 361

    SKU: 42-247

    $60.00

    This is Sanke card Nr 361 of Oberleutnant Max Immelmann. It is a “death card” which has a cross after his name and indicates that it was printed after his death…..

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - RITTER MAX von MULZER - NR 379

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – RITTER MAX von MULZER – NR 379

    SKU: 42-306

    $60.00

    Max Ritter von Mulzer (1893-1916 ) was a Bavarian and early Orden Pour le Mérite winner and the first Bavarian to be so honored. He was also awarded the Military Max Joseph Order which was the highest award for military valor which also included a knighthood and the right to add “Ritter”. He scored all ten of his victories in variations of the Fokker Eindecker….  

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  • GERMANY - SANKE CARD - VIZEFELDWEBEL SEBASTIAN FESTNER - NR 510

    GERMANY – SANKE CARD – VIZEFELDWEBEL SEBASTIAN FESTNER – NR 510

    SKU: 42-281

    $85.00

    This is Sanke card Nr 510 of Vizefeldwebel Sebastian Festner. Festner was an early pilot to Jasta 11 even before the arrival of Manfred von Richthofen. He had a total of twelve victories. He was killed in action in April 1917….

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  • GERMANY-  SANKE CARD - RITTMEISTER MANFRED FREIHERR von RICHTHOFEN - NR 533

    GERMANY-  SANKE CARD – RITTMEISTER MANFRED FREIHERR von RICHTHOFEN – NR 533

    SKU: 42-313

    $140.00

    Little need to be said about the career of Manfred von Richthofen. He was the ace of aces during WW I and no one sparks more interest in the history of aviation than him….  

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  • GERMNAY – SANKE CARD – CAPTURED BRITISH BOMBER – NR 1039

    SKU: 42-292

    $50.00

    This is Sanke card Nr 1039. Sanke cards came in three different categories. First comes aviators. Second is aircraft. Finally the third are Zeppelins….  

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  • HIGH-QUALITY “OILETTE” POSTCARD – BRITISH AIRPLANE

    SKU: 42-60

    $30.00

    Raphael Tuck & Sons were major postcard publishers. Raphael and his wife emigrated from Germany to London, England and started selling pictures and frames in 1866. Raphael was joined by his three sons in 1871, when they published their first Christmas greeting card. In 1893 they were granted a Royal Warrant by Queen Victoria. Their first series of numbered postcards was printed in 1898, a set of 12 lithographed vignette views of London. Their cards were mostly printed in England, Saxony, and Holland, while their designs usually came from local artists at their international branches. “Oilette” was a trade name used by Raphael Tuck to describe postcards reproduced from original paintings. The firm introduced the “Oilette” Series in 1903. They were organized in sets, with all cards in the same set having the same number, and issued at the same time. “Oilette” post cards are eagerly sought by collectors and specialists today. Collections with more than 6,000 different 0ilettes exist, although at least 12,000 to 15,000 “Oilette” cards were printed, each with a different subject. Unfortunately, like many other postcard printers and manufacturers of their time, Raphael Tuck & Sons’ history, records, original paintings and postcards were destroyed during World War II’s bombing blitz of London. The firm continued after the war. It was bought and sold several times, but never returned to its pre WW II glory. This engaging postcard depicts a British twin-engined “Caudron” airplane in the sky against fluffy white clouds. The reverse’s identification reads “A Caudron…

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  • NPG CARD Nr 5613 – PLM WINNER OBERLEUTNANT MAX IMMELMANN

    SKU: 38-1913

    $60.00

    Oberleutnant Max Immelmann was one of Germany’s early aviation heroes. He and Oswald Boelcke were the first pilots to receive the Orden Pour le Mérite in January 1916, after they had achieved the score of eight victories. By January 1917, it took sixteen kills. Soon the prescribed number rose to twenty, and finally thirty victories for achievement of the award. Many say that the PLM was nicknamed the “Blue Max” for Immelmann. He died in June of 1916, with fifteen total victories to his credit. In this photograph he is wearing a PLM at his throat. He also wears a five-place medal bar high on his left breast. Below that is his 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and Prussian Army Pilot Badge. The card is clean and fresh on both sides.

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  • NPG CARD Nr 5695 VIZEFELDWEBEL WAGNER

    SKU: 42-159

    $45.00

    This card shows a Feldwebel Wagner. There is little information that I can find on him other than he flew in the Balkans. In this studio pose Wagner is seated wearing his schirmütze and black leather gloves. He is wearing a Prussian Army Pilot badge and the ribbon in his second button hole for the 1914 iron Cross 2nd Class. The postcard was not mailed.

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  • NPG POSTCARD Nr 167 – SEAPLANE – WHEELED OUT – WATER

    SKU: 42-88

    $50.00

    This postcard shows a seaplane, which has wheels under it, being wheeled out of the water. Three enlisted sailors can be seen manhandling the airplane out of the water. On the reverse we can see that it was mailed in October 1917.

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  • NPG POSTCARD Nr 5566 – PILOT LEUTNANT FRANK SEYDLER

    SKU: 43-314

    $55.00

    This is an NPG Postcard featuring Leutnant Frank Seydler. He was attached to the Turkish Air Service and served during the Battle of Gallipoli. While Seydler is wearing a German officer’s uniform, he sports a Turkish officer’s headdress. On his tunic is a Bavarian Army Pilot Badge, Iron Cross 1st Class and a Turkish decoration. He also wears the ribbons for the Iron Cross 2nd Class and another decoration, which may well be the Bavarian Military Merit Order 4th Class. The postcard was not mailed.

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  • ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OF KRONPRINZ VISITING GENERALS AND OFFICERS AT AIRFIELD

    SKU: 42-181

    $60.00

    This is an original photograph that has been printed on postcard stock. The view shows the Kronprinz from behind. He is partially turned, however, and it is clearly him. Whoever mailed this wrote below him “Kronprinz.” He is surrounded by numerous officers standing in front of a tent. He is speaking to a General. Another three are standing behind him. On the reverse we see that this was mailed as a Feldpostkarte. It is written in the purple grease pencil that was so commonly seen at the front, and in most field and administrative offices. In addition to the text, we see two unit stamps. First is for Feld-Flieger Abteilung Nr 34. The second is a stamp for K.D. Feldpostamt des VI. Reservekorps. The stamp is dated 22 May 1915.

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  • PHOTOGRAPH – POSTCARD – MAP GROUP

    SKU: 16-365

    $895.00

    This is a group that consists of original photographs, postcards, and an observation squadron map. The group has seventeen original photographs. They are quite varied and include a pose of the squadron’s ground crew posing in front of what appears to be a Fokker Eindecker, as well as the officers as they party-hearty. Some shots show airplanes flying, while others are individual poses of the squadron’s airmen. Two photographs display captured French and British airplanes. The other three postcards are detailed in the photos that accompany our description. Last, but not least, is a map used by German aviators for flight in Germany. When fully opened, the map measures 17″ x 14 ½.” It is stamped three times on the reverse and once on the obverse for “Fliegerstation Meß, Kartenberwaltung, 2. Komp. Flieger=Batl Nr 4.” The map is in color. It is a 1907 series that was updated in 1914. The map shows Berlin and the areas in the Northeast. The map, like the group’s other items, is in fine condition.

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  • POSTCARD – AIRPLANE – CRASHED – OCEAN

    SKU: 42-83

    $10.00

    This postcard shows an airplane which has crashed in the ocean and is sinking. To the airplane’s left, we see a small boat. In the upper left corner is the legend “Seenot” (Sea Emergency). The postcard was never mailed.

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  • POSTCARD – AIRPLANE FLYING OVER HOTEL – RESTAURANT

    SKU: 42-07

    $20.00

    This postcard shows a naval seaplane flying over a German restaurant and hotel located by the water.

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  • POSTCARD – ENGLISH MONOPLANE – GERMAN MUSEUM

    SKU: 42-55

    $15.00

    This postcard shows a German museum. It has a British monoplane hanging from the ceiling. Other accouterments are in the hall. A message is written on the reverse. Written commentary is around the obverse, as well. It is postmarked 12.10.1916.

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  • POSTCARD - FELDPOST-MAILED - FROM JASTA 10 SOLDIER

    POSTCARD – FELDPOST-MAILED – FROM JASTA 10 SOLDIER

    SKU: 42-198 XMD

    $40.00

    POSTCARD – FELDPOST-MAILED – FROM JASTA 10 SOLDIER This is a postcard that features a young boy sitting at his school desk. A message is written on the obverse and it is dated February 1918. Its reverse has been stamped as “Feldpost” AND “Jasta Nr 10.” This squadron was one of four that formed JG 1, which was commanded by Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen. The card comes from a man who had previously been assigned to FA 251 [The postcard listed next (SKU#42-199) comes from the same man]. This card DOES exhibit a flaw, as it has been bent from top to bottom. Consignment item.

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  • POSTCARD - FELDPOST-MAILED TO FLIEGER-ABTEILING NR 251 SOLDIER

    POSTCARD – FELDPOST-MAILED TO FLIEGER-ABTEILING NR 251 SOLDIER

    SKU: 42-199 XMD

    $30.00

    POSTCARD – FELDPOST-MAILED TO FLIEGER-ABTEILING NR 251 SOLDIER This is a postcard mailed through the Feldpost System to a loved one back in Germany by a soldier attached to Flieger-Abteilung Nr 251, an Observation Squadron. The postcard was mailed in 1917 and was stamped on its reverse for the Squadron and the Feldpost. The obverse depicts a French town’s main street. There is a small nip out of the lower left corner. Consignment item.

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  • POSTCARD – FERDINAND GRAF von ZEPPELIN – ZEPPELIN-ECKNER SPENDE

    SKU: 42-62

    $25.00

    This postcard is of Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin (1838-1917). The originator of airships in Germany, Graf von Zeppelin founded the company that bore his name. The obverse of the postcard sports a reproduction of his signature. The reverse shows that the postcard is for the benefit of the Zeppelin-Eckner Spende, which helped raise money for the company’s further efforts.

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  • POSTCARD – FOKKER SILBER-MÖWE

    SKU: 42-85

    $20.00

    Anthony Fokker continued to design and build airplanes after WW I ended. He returned to the Netherlands and even built airplanes in the U.S. In 1925, the Fokker F VII. began production. It was a wooden airliner that had three motors (The Fokker Tri Motor and the Ford Tri Motor airplanes were famous in the 1920’s) and carried 8-12 passengers. The crash of a Fokker airliner in 1931 (a TWA flight) caused the death of famous Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne. This postcard shows a Fokker Tri Motor that was known at the “Silber Möwe” (Silver Seagull). The postcard has never been mailed.

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  • POSTCARD – FRENCH AIRPLANE – TAUBE

    SKU: 42-30

    $15.00

    This postcard shows a French airplane that is shooting down a German Taube.

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  • POSTCARD – FRENCH HOT-AIR BALLOON – CAVALRY

    SKU: 42-24

    $20.00

    This postcard, which is from a 1906 painting, features a hot-air balloon with two French occupants either escaping from or attacking German cavalry. French soldiers are faintly visible on the hill behind the balloon. The title at the card’s bottom reads “Salon de 1906. – Le Porteur de Dépêche, par R. Arus” (Salon of 1906. – The Dispatch Bearer, by R. Arus).

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  • POSTCARD – GERMAN AVIATOR

    SKU: 42-58

    $25.00

    This German propaganda postcard depicts an idealized German Aviator. He strikes a heroic pose. The image is taken from a brown/yellow-toned lithograph. It reads “Und Ihr? Zeichnet Kriegsanleihe” (And You? Buy War Bonds). Obviously, it supports the German War Bond effort.

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  • POSTCARD – GERMAN ISLAND – HELGOLAND – SEAPLANES

    SKU: 42-13

    $20.00

    This postcard shows the island of Helgoland. A number of ships are just offshore. Two seaplanes are flying toward the camera. The caption states “Helgoland mit Kriegshafen” (Helgoland with War-Harbor).

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  • POSTCARD - GERMANY - MANFRED von RICHTHOFEN AND AND GENERAL von HOEPPNER - GUSTAV LIERSCH - NR 7847 

    POSTCARD – GERMANY – MANFRED von RICHTHOFEN AND AND GENERAL von HOEPPNER – GUSTAV LIERSCH – NR 7847

    SKU: 42-300

    $150.00

    Gustav Liersch along with Willy Sanke were the two leading firms producing aviation postcards. In fact they often shared the same photographs and in this case the name Sanke appears in the lower right corner of the postcard. We currently have on offer a Sanke card which features Manfred von Richthofen and General Ernst von Hoeppner….  

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  • POSTCARD – GRIEVING FAMILY – DEATH – ZEPPELIN BOMBING

    SKU: 42-73

    $15.00

    In this postcard we see a French family grieving for their family member, who has died in a hospital. A sheet has just been pulled over the deceased as a doctor and nurse look on somberly. Since it is a father and daughter who are mourning, it implies the zeppelin’s victim was their wife/mother. The French postcard is entitled “Triomphe de Zeppelin” (the zeppelin’s triumph).

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  • POSTCARD - MAILED TO BRESLAU-AREA CITY NEAR MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN’S HOME

    POSTCARD – MAILED TO BRESLAU-AREA CITY NEAR MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN’S HOME

    SKU: 42-200 XMD

    $30.00

    POSTCARD – MAILED TO BRESLAU-AREA CITY NEAR MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN’S HOME This postcard was mailed in 1903. It shows an upper-class home near Breslau, the region where Manfred von Richthofen was born. The von Richthofens’ ancestral home was located in that area. A message is written beneath the home depicted on the obverse. The reverse reveals a series of three postmarks, one of which appears above a postage stamp. The recipient of the postcard was a noblewoman, perhaps a Freifrau (Baroness). Consignment item.

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  • POSTCARD - NAVY ZEPPELIN

    POSTCARD – NAVY ZEPPELIN

    SKU: 42-210

    $60.00

    POSTCARD – NAVY ZEPPELIN This postcard features a Navy Zeppelin. The card is titled Marine-Luftschiff. The zeppelin’s stern features a small Iron Cross. An “LZ” appears on the bow. No ship number is present. The postcard was never mailed and is in excellent condition.

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  • POSTCARD - PRE WAR ZEPPELIN & GRAF VON ZEPPELIN

    POSTCARD – PRE WAR ZEPPELIN & GRAF VON ZEPPELIN

    SKU: 42-206

    $30.00

    POSTCARD – PRE WAR ZEPPELIN & GRAF VON ZEPPELIN This postcard shows a prewar zeppelin in the sky above a large, well-dressed crowd. In the left corner, gazing at his invention, is a jovial-looking Graf von Zeppelin. A bend appears in the card’s lower right corner, while a much smaller bend appears in the upper right corner. The postcard was never mailed. However, an interesting, unofficial, red postage stamp appears on the reverse’s left side where the message would normally be written.

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  • POSTCARD – SEAPLANE

    SKU: 42-56

    $20.00

    This postcard shows a German seaplane in flight. The caption reads “Wasserflugzeug beim Aufklärungsdienst” (Seaplane from the Intelligence Service).

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  • POSTCARD – YOUNG FRENCH GIRL – ZEPPELIN

    SKU: 42-15

    This postcard shows a young French girl looking up at a zeppelin in the sky. She is saying “Zeppelintu ne, me fais pas peur!” (Zeppelin, you do not scare me!). A French message is written on the reverse, but the postcard was not mailed.
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  • PRUSSIA - PHOTOGRAPH - BALLOON DETACHMENT WITH ANTI AIRCRAFT CANNONS

    PRUSSIA – PHOTOGRAPH – BALLOON DETACHMENT WITH ANTI AIRCRAFT CANNONS

    SKU: 42 - 211

    $20.00

    PRUSSIA – PHOTOGRAPH – BALLOON DETACHMENT WITH ANTI AIRCRAFT CANNONS. This is an original photograph that measures 3” x 6.” It shows a balloon detachment. A number of men are either at work or at rest. A small tent is visible, and two antiaircraft cannons are at the ready. CLICK HERE FOR ALL POSTCARDS – AVIATION RELATED

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  • PRUSSIA - POSTCARD - MAX IMMELMANN AND AIRPLANE - AVIATION

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – MAX IMMELMANN AND AIRPLANE – AVIATION

    SKU: 42-217

    $45.00

    PRUSSIA – POSTCARD – MAX IMMELMANN AND AIRPLANE – AVIATION. This aviation postcard shows Max Immelmann in an oval frame wearing his PLM and a medal bar. To his right is an airplane in flight. A message reads “Leutnant Immelmann der erfolgreichste Flieger über feindliche Flugzeuge” (Lieutenant Immelmann, the most successful flyer against enemy airplanes). The postcard was mailed as a Feldpostkarte from the 18. Reserve-Division in August 1916.

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  • PRUSSIA – POSTCARD -PRINCE SIGISMUND – NR NPG 5574

    SKU: 42-314

    $75.00

    Prince Sigismund of Prussia was from the lesser house of Hohenzollern. Like all Hohenzollerns he was enlisted as a Leutnant á la Suite in 1. Garde-Regiment zu Fuß. He was also a Rittmeister in 2. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Königin Viktoria von Preußen Nr. 2. He also flew as a pilot in 1917-1918….  

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  • PRUSSIA - SANKE CARD - LEUTNANT ALBERT DOSSENBACH - AVIATION - NR 416

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT ALBERT DOSSENBACH – AVIATION – NR 416

    SKU: 42-218

    $65.00

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT ALBERT DOSSENBACH – AVIATION – NR 416. Albert Dossenbach (1891-1917) was an early PLM-winner, having shot down fifteen enemy planes. He is shown here in uniform, with his PLM at his throat. The postcard is in good condition and has never been mailed.

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  • PRUSSIA - SANKE CARD - LEUTNANT ERWIN BÖHME - AVIATION - NR 502

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT ERWIN BÖHME – AVIATION – NR 502

    SKU: 42-213

    $75.00

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT ERWIN BÖHME – AVIATION – NR 502. Erwin Böhme (1879-1917) was one of WW I’s tragic figures. Far older than the average German pilot, he was an early member of Oswald Boelcke’s Jasta 2. Böhme was the pilot who collided with Boelcke on 28 October 1916, which resulted in Boelcke’s death (he had achieved forty confirmed victories by that point). Böhme lived for thirteen more months. He commanded Jasta 2 during that time, which had been renamed Jasta Boelcke. [It was the only Jasta to be named for a fallen ace at the time, although JG 1 was later renamed in honor of Rittmeister Manfred von Richthofen]. Böhme went on to score twenty-four confirmed victories, and was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite on 24 November 1917. He fell in battle five days later on 29 November 1917. His PLM arrived after his death. His Sanke Card Nr 502 depicts him seated, wearing his Prussian Army Pilot Badge, the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class, and a ribbon bar. The postcard is in excellent condition and has never been mailed.

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  • PRUSSIA - SANKE CARD - LEUTNANT KARL EMIL SCHÄFER - AVIATION - NR 507

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT KARL EMIL SCHÄFER – AVIATION – NR 507

    SKU: 42-216

    $55.00

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT KARL EMIL SCHÄFER – AVIATION – NR 507. Karl Emil Schäfer (1891-1917) was one of the leading aces within Manfred von Richthofen’s Jasta 11. Schäfer achieved twenty-three confirmed victories with Jasta 11, nine of which came during “Bloody April,” one of the RFC’s worst months during WW I. He was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite during his service with Jasta 11. He was transferred to Jasta 28 as its CO on 1 May 1917, where he was killed the following month, having reached a total of thirty confirmed victories. Sanke Card Nr 507 depicts him from the chest-up. He is NOT wearing his PLM. The postcard was never mailed and is in very fine condition.

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  • PRUSSIA - SANKE CARD - LEUTNANT WILHELM FRANKL - AVIATION - NR 384

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT WILHELM FRANKL – AVIATION – NR 384

    SKU: 42-214

    $55.00

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD – LEUTNANT WILHELM FRANKL – AVIATION – NR 384. Wilhelm Frankl (1893-1917) began as a pilot in an observation plane. His first victory came when he used a carbine to shoot down his opponent. He went on to score twenty confirmed victories before falling in April 1917. He received little attention during the 1930’s because he was Jewish. He was often scornfully referred to as the “Jew with the Blue Max.” Frankl is seated in Sanke Card Nr 384. His PLM appears at his throat, and he also wears his 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and a Prussian Army Pilot Badge. The postcard was mailed via regular post in 1925 and is in excellent condition.

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    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD NR 512 – LEUTNANT KARL EMIL SCHÄFER

    SKU: 42-229

    $65.00

    PRUSSIA – SANKE CARD NR 512 – LEUTNANT KARL EMIL SCHÄFER. Karl Emil Schäfer was one of Jasta 11’s leading pilots during 1917’s infamous “Bloody April.” He then was transferred to command Jasta 28. He shot down thirty enemy planes before being killed in June 1917. He had been awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite before his death. Today we are offering Schäfer’s Sanke Card Nr 512. He is standing near the wing of an aircraft. This may have taken place while he was with Jasta 11 since he is not wearing a PLM. The postcard was never mailed. FOR MORE AVIATION RELATED CARDS – CLICK HERE The postcard was never mailed.

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  • SANKE CARD - ADOLPHE PÉGOUD

    SANKE CARD – ADOLPHE PÉGOUD

    SKU: 42-209

    $55.00

    SANKE CARD – ADOLPHE PÉGOUD Willy Sanke produced the most famous aviation postcards of aviators. Aviator postcards were generally numbered between 300-600. This is a most unusual Sanke Card — it has no number. It clearly says “Sanke,” but the missing number is a bit of a puzzle. Not only does this card lack a number, its subject is a Frenchman! Adolphe Pégoud (1889-1915) was a well-known, pre war, French pilot. He joined the French Air Service shortly after WW I began. He first flew single-seater, then two-seater, scouts. He was the first French pilot to achieve ace status. He was shot down in 1915 by one of his pre war German students. The postcard shows him in the cockpit of his aircraft. He is identified by name. The postcard was never mailed and is in excellent condition. This card may well have preceded German aviator Sanke Cards.

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  • SANKE CARD Nr 1009 – GOTHA OBSERVATION PLANE

    SKU: 42-92

    $50.00

    This postcard, Nr 1009 in the Sanke series, shows a Gotha Observation Plane as it sits on the ground. It was mailed as a Feldpostkarte in 1915 from Gotha.

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  • SANKE CARD NR 361 - OBERLEUTNANT MAX IMMELMANN - “DEATH CARD.”

    SANKE CARD NR 361 – OBERLEUTNANT MAX IMMELMANN – “DEATH CARD.”

    SKU: 42-202

    $55.00

    SANKE CARD NR 361 – OBERLEUTNANT MAX IMMELMANN – “DEATH CARD.” This is Sanke Card Nr 361 of Max Immelmann who, along with Oswald Boelcke, was an early winner of the Orden Pour le Mérite. Immelmann was killed in the summer of 1916. The Sanke Card is a studio pose that features Immelmann wearing his PLM, his 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class, and his Prussian Army Pilot Badge. He is also wearing a large medal bar. Directly under Immelmann’s name, a small cross indicates that he is deceased. It also means this card was produced in 1916 (and later). The postcard shows some silver oxide on its edges. It was never mailed and remains in fine condition.

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  • SANKE CARD Nr 363 PLM WINNER HAUPTMANN OSWALD BOELCKE

    SKU: 38-1827

    $50.00

    Oswald Boelcke was one of the greatest of the German aces. He had forty confirmed victories at the time he was killed in late-October 1916. Had he survived into 1917 when better German aircraft became available (especially into “Bloody April”), I cannot even begin to imagine what his score could have been. This card shows Boelcke in his classic pose, with his right hand on his hip. He is often seen in informal photos standing like this. The postcard has been removed from a photo album.

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  • SANKE CARD Nr 372 – PLM WINNER LEUTNANT GUSTAV LEFFERS

    SKU: 42-137

    $55.00

    This is a Sanke card of Leutnant Gustav Leffers (1895-1916). After receiving his pilot training and being posted to single seaters in FFA 32 he achieved a total of nine victories and was awarded the PLM in November 1916. He was killed in action a month later. In this studio pose Leffers is standing and wearing his schirmütze. On his tunic we see his 1914 iron Cross 1st Class and his Prussian Pilot Badge. He has yet not been awarded the PLM. The postcard was not mailed.

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  • SANKE CARD Nr 372 OF PLM WINNER LEUTNANT GUSTAV LEFFERS

    SKU: 42-153

    $55.00

    Gustav Leffers was an early winner of the PLM. He flew with several early aviation units until he was posted to the newly created Jasta 1. He won his PLM on 5 November 1916. He was killed in action on 27 December 1916. Leffers is seen in a studio pose. He is not wearing his PLM. He is wearing the Prussian Army pilot badge, 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class, and the 1914 Friedrich August Cross 1st Class. The postcard while not mailed, does have notes on Leffers career by a German collector.

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    SANKE CARD Nr 378 OF PLM WINNER LEUTNANT KURT WINTGENS SANKE

    SKU: 42-107

    $60.00

    This is Sanke Card Nr 378 featuring PLM-winning pilot Kurt Wintgens (1894-1916). Wintgens was the 4th pilot to win the PLM after his 8th air victory. He went on to achieve nineteen victories before he was shot down and killed in September 1916. The postcard has a reproduction of his signature on its obverse. If we examine the reverse, we see that it was mailed as a Feldpostkarte by a man assigned to Flieger-Abteilung Nr 280.

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  • SANKE CARD Nr 381 – PLM WINNER LEUTNANT WALTER HÖHNDORFF

    SKU: 42-50

    $55.00

    This is Sanke Card Nr 381, featuring Walter Höhndorff. He served as a pilot in several squadrons and jastas. He achieved a total of twelve confirmed victories in 1916, and received the PLM in July of that year. He was killed while testing an aircraft in September 1916. On this Sanke Card he is wearing the Pour le Mérite and the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class.

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    SANKE CARD Nr 384 PLM-WINNER LEUTNANT WILHELM FRANKL

    SKU: $65.00

    $42.00

    This is one of the ever-popular postcards produced by Willi Sanke, Sanke Card Nr 384 of Leutnant Wilhelm Frankl. Frankl (1893-1917) was Jasta 4’s commander and a Pour le Mérite winner with a total of twenty confirmed victories at the time of his April 1917 death. He was awarded the PLM in 1916 after he had achieved eight victories. When the Luftwaffe was formed under Hermann Göring in the 1930’s, Frankl was largely forgotten due to his Jewish heritage. He was left out of most books about PLM-winners and aces. When he was referred to at all, it was as “The Jew with the Blue Max.” Sanke Card Nr 384 shows him seated in a chair outdoors. His hands are folded in his lap. He wears his PLM around his neck. His 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and Prussian Pilot Badge appear on his left breast. The card’s reverse shows no writing. It was never mailed.

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  • SANKE CARD Nr 385 – PLM WINNER LEUTNANT MAX RITTER von MULZER

    SKU: 42-135

    $55.00

    Max Ritter von Mulzer (1893-1916) was an early Bavarian ace. He served in FFA 62 along with Oswald Boelcke and Max Immelmann. He was awarded his PLM after eight victories in 1916. He was the first Bavarian to receive the PLM. He was killed in an airplane crash due to a structural failure in September 1916 with a total of ten victories. He was also knighted by Bavaria and carried the title of Max Ritter von Mulzer to his death. This pose shows him in a studio wearing a tunic similar to an ulanka. Prior to his transfer to the Air Service, he served in Chevaguler-Regiment Nr 8 who wore similar tunics. On his tunic he wears the PLM at his throat, the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and the Bavarian Pilot Badge. The postcard was not mailed.

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  • SANKE CARD Nr 388 OBERLEUTNANT MARTIN GERLICH

    SKU: 42-157

    $55.00

    Martin Gerlich (1892-1920) rose to the rank of Hauptmann. He was assigned to a bombing squadrons during WW I. In this pose he is seen indoors. He is wearing a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and a Prussian Army Observer badge. This postcard was not mailed.

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  • SANKE CARD Nr 390 OF PLM WINNER LEUTNANT HARTMUT BALDAMUS

    SKU: 42- 156

    $55.00

    Hartmut Baldamus flew with both Jasta 5 and Jasta 9. He had a total of eighteen confirmed victories. He was killed in April 1917. He was very close to having the twenty victories that were required for a PLM at the time. Interestingly, he had received his eighth victory in December 1916, but the number to receive a PLM was increased. Manfred von Richthofen received his PLM at the time of his sixteenth victory in January 1917. This postcard was not mailed.

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    SANKE CARD Nr 502 – PLM WINNER ERWIN BÖHME

    SKU: 38-1741

    $55.00

    Erwin Böhme was one of the leading pilots of Jasta 2. Jasta 2 was commanded by Hauptmann Boelcke. Another member of the Jasta in 1916 was a young officer who had come from an Ulanen-Regiment, basic pilot training, and limited service in an observation squadron. The young pilot was none other than Manfred von Richthofen. Böhme was a PLM-winner and had twenty-four confirmed victories. He is perhaps best known as the pilot who collided with Oswald Boelcke, who then plunged to his death. Böhme ultimately commanded Jasta 2, which was renamed “Jasta Boelcke” in honor of its fallen commander. Böhme received notification of his award of the PLM. He never actually received his PLM before his death. This postcard shows him in a feldbluse with a ribbon bar, 1914 Iron Cross, and a Prussian Pilot Badge. This postcard was removed from a photo album.

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  • SANKE CARD Nr 507 – PLM WINNER KARL EMIL SCHÄFER

    SKU: 38-1732

    $60.00

    Karl Emil Schäfer was one of the most able pilots in Jasta 11 and a favorite of Manfred von Richthofen. He had thirty confirmed victories and was awarded the PLM. He was killed in action on 5 June 1917. This shows him in uniform in a studio pose. He is not wearing a PLM.  

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  • SANKE CARD Nr 507 – PLM WINNER LEUTNANT KARL EMIL SCHÄFER

    SKU: 38-1915

    $60.00

    Karl Emil Schäfer was one of Jasta 11’s best-known pilots under Manfred von Richthofen’s command. During 1917’s “Bloody April,” he shot down no less then fifteen enemy airplanes. He was awarded his PLM and the Knight’s Cross of the Hohenzollern House Order on 26 April 1917. He was also transferred to Jasta 28 as its jastaführer. He was killed in action on 5 June, with a total of thirty confirmed victories. Young Schäfer is shown before his PLM award. All that is visible in his tunic’s buttonholes are the ribbons for two decorations. One is the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. The card is clean on both the front and back.

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  • SANKE CARD Nr 525 – LEUTNANT OTTO HÖHNE

    SKU: 42-132

    $55.00

    This is a Sanke card of Otto Höhne (1895-1969). Höhne served in Jasta 2 under Oswald Boelcke and also in Jastas 1 and 59. He scored a total of six victories as a pilot. In WW II he rose to the rank of Generalmajor and was awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross. In this photo he is shown seated. He is wearing his 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and his Prussian Pilot Badge. I once had the pleasure of meeting Höhne’s Son and gave him a similar postcard to what we offer today. The postcard was not mailed.

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  • SANKE CARD OF BRITISH SOPWITH TRIPLANE

    SKU: 42-178

    $55.00

    This is a Sanke Card that shows a captured British Sopwith Triplane [The Germans weren’t the only ones to try a Triplane]. Sopwith, who also built the excellent Sopwith Camel designed this airplane. The obverse shows a Sopwith on the ground after having been captured. Two German ground crewmen are moving the airplane. The legend on the obverse is “Erbeuteter Englischer Sopwith-Dreidecker.” Interestingly, it features NO card number or mention of Sanke on the obverse. We only see mention of his firm’s name on the reverse. No writing appears on the reverse. The card is in excellent condition.

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  • SANKE POSTCARD Nr 381 – PLM WINNER WALTER HÖHNDORFF

    SKU: 38-1738

    $55.00

    Walter Höhndorff was an early winner of the PLM. His award came in July 1916. He flew in several squadrons, including Jasta 1, 14, and 14. His total tally of confirmed victories was twelve. He was killed while testing an airplane in September 1917. He is seen here wearing a feldbluse. On his tunic we see the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and his PLM. This postcard was removed from a photo album.

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  • THIRD REICH LUFTWAFFE – POSTCARD

    SKU: 42-34

    $20.00

    This is a Third Reich era aviation postcard. It shows the Luftwaffe in the early days. We see a flight of training airplanes. It features a song with words that became the Luftwaffe’s anthem during WW II. It is titled “Wir fahren gegen Engeland!”

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  • TWO FRENCH CHILDREN – AIRPLANE

    SKU: 42-40

    $15.00

    This color postcard shows two young French children riding on an airplane. The postcard was mailed in France in 1915.

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  • USA – FRENCH TROOPS – CRASHED AIRPLANE

    SKU: 42-01

    $20.00

    This postcard has two views of a crashed aircraft. The event has just taken place, as smoke is coming from the ruined airplane. Also in the two views are U.S. and French troops and some civilians.

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