GERMANY – POSTCARD – HARRY ROTHENBERG AVIATION CARD – 3001 – LOTHAR FREIHERR VON RICHTHOFEN
There are three well known makers of aviation postcards. Best known are Sanke cards. The other two makers are NPG and Gustav Liersch. Often Liersch and NPG used the same images as Sanke but there are exceptions to this with both makers.
A fourth maker of aviation cards has recently come to my attention and that is Harry Rothenberg who was located in Breslau near the ancestral home of the von Richthofen family. All of the cards that I have seen are of the von Richthofen brothers either singly or together. The quality of the Rothenberg cards is equal to that of the three better known makers.
Today we offer Rothenberg card Nr 3001 of Lothar Freiherr von Richthofen (1894-1922) the younger brother of Manfred von Richthofen (1892-1918). Like his elder brother Lothar was a cavalryman. Whereas Manfred was an Ulanen, Lothar was a Dragoner. Lothar followed Manfred into the Imperial German Air Service having served on the Eastern front and served a brief stint in an observation squadron. His first posting to a Jasta was to Jasta Nr 11 with his brother. He was wounded severely several times and his final score was forty victories including a dubious victory over the English ace Albert Ball who at the time was the top English ace. Lothar was killed in an air crash in 1922.
This card shows von Richthofen seated wearing his visor cap. On his tunic we see the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and the Prussian pilot badge. In the second button hole we see the twin ribbons for the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class and the Knights Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order. At his throat is the Orden Pour le Mérite. At the bottom of the card is the information for Rothenberg and photographic credit is given to a firm in Hamburg.
This card is in excellent condition and was never mailed.