GERMANY – SANKE CARD – RITTMEISTER MANFRED FREIHERR VON RICHTHOFEN -NR 533
Manfred von Richthofen (1892-1918) was the leading ace of the Imperial German Air Service and the ace of aces during WW I.
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.
The postcard has never been mailed and with the exception of the oxidation is in excellent condition.