GERMANY – SANKE CARD – MANFRED VON RICHTHOFEN – NR 503
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.
This card is in prime condition and has never been mailed.
Sanke cards grew out of the early medium of postcards and are now an invaluable documentation of German flyers who, for a short time in aviation history, were at the top of their profession.