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United States/Covers & Postmarks : American Red Cross postcard - printed in Paris, Pershing portrait, WW1 era

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03 Sep 2016
02:14:18pm
It was kind of hard to determine the right category for this question, but I think this is the board that might catch the right eyes. (Apologies in advance if I guessed wrong.)

I have this postcard of Gen'l Pershing, and the back indicates it's from the American Red Cross, and, in small print, printed in Paris.

I'm trying to understand for what purpose it might have been used.

Clearly, it's a military theme, and I'm thinking that perhaps this card would have been available at ARC canteens or centers for soldiers to send a quick note back home to?

It would not have been for POW mail purposes, would it? Wouldn't it be indicated on the card if that were the case? Or would this protocol not have been as well-established as it was by WW2?

Any thoughts?

Thanks in advance!

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Tom in Exton, PA
03 Sep 2016
04:01:27pm

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re: American Red Cross postcard - printed in Paris, Pershing portrait, WW1 era

You are correct. The American Red Cross printed those so soldiers could write a note home. That is a really cool piece, would be even better if it had served it's use!

I have a American Red Cross envelope mailed from Fort Dix that was no doubt given out for the same purpose.

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Here's another like piece from the Salvation Army

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03 Sep 2016
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re: American Red Cross postcard - printed in Paris, Pershing portrait, WW1 era

Thanks very much for that help!

And for showing that Salvation Army piece, too. Very nice!


Do you know if this type of item have a particular term that collectors use?

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03 Sep 2016
04:18:12pm
re: American Red Cross postcard - printed in Paris, Pershing portrait, WW1 era

(I picked this up in a small lot of patriotic cards (mostly Feldpost) that I'm slowly learning about and then offering up on eBay. This one is on there now.)

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03 Sep 2016
06:45:12pm

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re: American Red Cross postcard - printed in Paris, Pershing portrait, WW1 era

I'd call it World War I Soldier Mail.

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03 Sep 2016
07:32:32pm
re: American Red Cross postcard - printed in Paris, Pershing portrait, WW1 era

Awesome!

Thanks very much! ... I'm enjoying learning about this material. Definitely different than my usual Japanese area - lol!

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03 Sep 2016
09:05:38pm
re: American Red Cross postcard - printed in Paris, Pershing portrait, WW1 era

Although you won't find a definitive answer to your question, information on this site may explain the general purpose and influences of American postcard production in WWI: metropostcard.com

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04 Sep 2016
12:02:15am
re: American Red Cross postcard - printed in Paris, Pershing portrait, WW1 era

Ningpo, thanks very much for that link! What a great site!

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04 Sep 2016
10:49:33am
re: American Red Cross postcard - printed in Paris, Pershing portrait, WW1 era

Cards intended for PoW mail often had 'instructions' and explanatory text in multiple languages, precluding large illustrations.

Cheers,

/s/ ikeyPikey

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04 Sep 2016
10:25:58pm
re: American Red Cross postcard - printed in Paris, Pershing portrait, WW1 era

find when Pershing received the medals listed at the bottom of the card, and you'll get a better sense of the earliest possible printing; my guess is that this is post-war, when Americans were still serving, but not fighting, over there.

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04 Sep 2016
11:39:01pm
re: American Red Cross postcard - printed in Paris, Pershing portrait, WW1 era

Excellent points, both, Ikey & David.

Thank you!

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