This vintage real photo postcard features a handsome soldier. He is wearing a military uniform and cap. The pin on his hat indicates that he was a member of the 9th regiment of the infantry. I do not know the soldiers nationality. The message on this card includes the word “captivite”. Captivite, translated from the French means “captivate”. Was the writer of this postcard talking about capturing the town of Munsterlager, or was he referring to himself as being a prisoner of war? Perhaps a visitor to the cabinet card gallery will be able to translate the message for those of us with a French language deficit. This photo was taken in the mid 1910’s by the Schubert studio in Munsterlager. During the first World War (1916), the Breloh Camp was built in Munster by a regiment of gas warfare engineers. The next year there was construction of a facility for gas munitions. In all, three factories were built for the purpose of manufacturing chemical war material and related munitions.   (SOLD)


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  1. Translation: To my godmother (?) Edmond and Rosa.
    An affectionate [photo]-souvenir of my captivity 1914-1915
    Munster Lager 7/19/18
    Louis Mooness (?)

  2. Or maybe the name is “Moonen” or “Moonens”, and the year could be 1915.

  3. Affectionate memory of sea captivity-Souvenir affectueux de mer captivite (high school French and Google Translate)

  4. If “captivity” in this instance meant a prisoner of war, he looks entirely too happy. I think it’s used in the sense that Rosa has captured his heart, which is the modern interpretation of “captivate.”

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