Germania New Year Wishes 1914




The postcard here is as seen to be a Postcard showing a Patriotic Germania message across it with a Eisernes Kreuz (Iron Cross) with a wreath and 1915 being written across the top. The Patriotic colours of Germany (Black, White and Red) can be seen through the Iron Cross and in the design to show a wreath that shown to be detailed across the top right and down the left side tied with a bow. The postcard is then detailed with some detailed and coloured text that reads " Wir Deutsche fürchten Gott sonst nichts in der Welt" which means We Germans Fear God, Nothing Else In This World. This proving to be a strong patriotic phrase of determination and resilience from death. Showing us that despite fear of the horrors of war, that the German Imperial Army refused to show fear or weakness. The next line reads " Neujahrsgruss aus grosser Zeif" which reads as New Years Greetings From A Great Time. This being the personal message of the postcard. Combined with the patriotic phrase above shows a truly proud postcard that wishes a happy and prosperous new year even in the fave of fear and likely low morale.


The postcard, like many sent during the First World War and even in the second was to send a meaningful message and stay in contact with family and friends who are far away. As seen here a New Years message being wished to someone who is far from home. What can be translated is that the author of the postcard is a lady known as Elise Schäpperln, who is likely writing to her Husband or Son. She writes to them wishing them a Happy New Year and mentions that they have "Returned to the Flag". This implying that they have either returned to the army or returned to possibly a front line role. The postcard was sent on The 30th December 1914. What is also notably and quite rare about this post card is its a good example of Postal History as the other stamp on the left with the Swiss flag. This stamp is in fact a Swiss Postage due from 1910, this showing that the original stamp from Germany used didn't cover the cost of postage, so a Swiss stamp, possibly where it was posted to or through was added to indicate an extra postage charge would need to be paid.


A rare and interesting postcard showing a Germanic Patriotic message on the front, a detailed message to a loved one on the back to someone who has just returned to service as well as an interesting and rare postage stamp combo that makes it a really nice piece of postal history.

Tags: World War 1, Postcard, Postal History, Germania, Germanic, Patriotic, 1914,1910, Postage stamps, Swiss, Postage due, New Year, New Year Celebration, Iron Cross, Eisernes Kreuz , Imperial, Imperial Colours, Medal, Family,

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