World War II was fought between September 1, 1939 – September 2, 1945. This global war pitted the Allies led by Great Britain, Russia, and eventually the United States against the Axis Powers led by Germany, Italy, and Japan. Postcard collectors can find a wealth of cards that give a number of perspectives on this global conflict. A number of people like to collect cards that feature Nazi Germany including Hitler cards and ones that contain propaganda and swastikas like the one shown to the right, or cards from the other axis powers. Other collectors focus on the war efforts against the totalitarian regimes of the Axis Powers. Scenes like the following of the scene at the Reception Center at Fort George G. Meade in Maryland. As you can see on the back of the postcard, it is stamped “Avenge Pearl Harbor! We’ll set the Rising Sea.
Because the postcard was sent by someone in the military, they were able to mail it for free. That’s why the ‘Place Stamp Here’ box is marked out. The card is postmarked 1942 from Camp Crowder, Maryland.
Postcards are so fascinating as they capture moments in time from our past. Just looking through them deepens my connection with the past and the people who sent them.