PORTRAIT OF A HANDSOME PRISONER OF WAR (POW) : WORLD WAR II : STALAG 1A 59

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This vintage real photo postcard features a portrait of an allied prisoner of war imprisoned at a German POW camp. The soldier in this photograph was being held at Stalag 1-A. The camp was located near the village of Stablack in East Prussia. Stalag 1-A was the furthest east German POW camp. The camp was built in 1939 by Polish prisoners of war. In 1940, Belgian and French prisoners were added to the camp and in 1941, the camp began to incarcerate Russian POWs. There were also British and Italian prisoners in the camp. It is important to note that tens of thousands of Stalag prisoners were sent to “kommandos” (subcamps) spread throughout East Prussia. In January of 1945, with Russian troops approaching, the camp was abandoned and all of the prisoners were evacuated to the west. Note the photograph below which shows the entrance to Stalag 1-A. The prisoner seen in this photograph is wearing a military jacket, stripped of all insignias. I am unable to determine his rank, branch of service, or the identity of the nation he fought for. Note the prisoner’s pants. They are too long and too baggy  Despite the ill-fitting uniform, he appears relatively healthy. He is holding a cigarette, which may represent “good treatment” by their German captors. One wonders why this photograph was permitted to be taken. Photographs, such as this one, were allowed because they served as a tool for positive public relations. A relatively content and healthy looking prisoner “advertised” that the Germans treated allied POWs well. Note the ink stamp on the reverse of  the card. It identifies the camp as Stalag 1-A and that the card was “Gepruft” (checked or censored). This photo postcard is from sometime between 1940 and 1945 and is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF THE COMMANDANT : ARMED WITH A RIFLE AND HAND GRENADES : WEARING AN AMMO BELT

This vintage postcard features a well armed soldier ready for battle. He is wearing an ammunition belt and at least a couple of hand grenades. He also has a rifle although only the barrel of the gun is visible. What nation is this warrior fighting for? Who is he fighting against? I wish I had answers. An inscription on the reverse of the photo indicates that the soldier is the Commandant (Commander) of his unit. The year that this photo was taken, according to the inscription is 1942. I believe, though not very confidently, that the language on the reverse of the photo is Greek. Perhaps this is a Greek or Turkish officer. This photograph was trimmed from a postcard. It measures about 2″ x 3″ and is in very good condition.

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TWO HANDSOME SOLDIERS POSE FOR THEIR PORTRAIT IN BALTIMORE, MARYLAND (WORLD WAR I ERA)

This vintage real photo postcard features two handsome uniformed World War I era soldiers posing for their portrait at a studio in Baltimore, Maryland. The photograph was taken by Martin D Trainor. His name is embossed near the bottom right hand corner of the image. The Maryland Historical Society has one or more of his photographs in their collection. The AZO stamp box indicates that the postcard was published between 1918-1930. This vintage postcard is in excellent condition.

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WEDDING PORTRAIT : GROOM IN HIS LUFTWAFFE UNIFORM : WORLD WAR II ERA

This vintage real photo postcard features an attractive couple posing for their wedding photo. Both bride and groom appear happy on their special day. Note their half smiles. The groom is wearing his German Luftwaffe dress uniform. The Luftwaffe was the German Air Force. This photograph was taken either pre World War II or during the conflict. This vintage portrait postcard is in very good condition (see scans).

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Published in: on January 21, 2020 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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PORTRAIT OF A FRENCH SAILOR AND HIS BATTLESHIP (THE DESTROYER COGNEE) c1909

This fantastic cabinet card photograph is truly unusual. An oval photo of a handsome young uniformed sailor is in the center of the image. Below his portrait is a photograph of two navy battleships. The name of the sailors ship is embroidered into his cap. The sailor was on the French navy torpedo destroyer, the Cognee. The ship was one of 13 Claymore-class destroyers built around 1905. The photographer of this image is Alphonse Leenaerts and his studio was located in Toulon, France. Toulon is a port city on southern France’s Mediterranean coast. The city serves as a major naval base. Alphonse’s brother Henri, was also a photographer. The pair, who were Belgian, operated in Toulon between 1871 and 1914. They worked independently. Alphonse moved to the address listed on this photograph in about 1903. The reverse of this photo has advertising indicating that Alphonse won a medal for his work in 1909. This photo was taken shortly after that date.  This cabinet card photograph is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A HANDSOME SOLDIER TAKEN DURING WORLD WAR I (WAS HE A PRISONER OF WAR?)

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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HANDSOME SOLDIER IN UNIFORM : FRENCH CARTES DE VISITE (1920)

This carte de visite features a uniformed military man. I believe he is an officer. Note that he is holding a pair of white gloves. He was photographed by A. Grossin who operated a studio in Paris, France. An inscription on the reverse of the photograph contains the soldiers name and the date of the photo (1920). This cdv is in very good condition and has excellent clarity.

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A SOLDIER STANDS IN A FARMERS FIELD WITH HIS BICYCLE (FOXCO)

This photograph features a uniformed soldier standing in a farmer’s field and posing behind his bicycle. This photo was found in a shop in the Texas Hill Country. It was part of a group of Foxco images from the mid 1940’s. This photograph was developed by Foxco of San Antonio. The company has an interesting history.  The Fox Photo Studio was opened by Arthur C. Fox in 1906 in San Antonio, Texas. Fox sold the studio for seven hundred dollars to Carl D. Newton in 1909. Newton was a clever entrepreneur. One of his gimmicks was to offer a free camera to anyone buying three rolls of film and prepaying developing and printing fees. His successor to the business was Carl D Newton II.  By the mid 1930’s Fox advertised itself as the world’s largest Kodak finishers. Their processing plant was in operation around the clock. The company expanded and opened facilities in Dallas, Houston, Louisiana and Oklahoma. The company grew and grew and ultimately reached 12,000 dealers nationwide. In 1986, the company was sold to Kodak. Carl D Newton III kept the retail division of the business, calling it Fox Photo. Later, the business changed hands a number of times until it faded into history.  The photo measures about 3 1/4″ x 2 1/4″.    (SOLD)

FOUR PRECIOUS CHILDREN PLAYING SOLDIER : “PRESENT ARMS”

This vintage real photo postcard features four precious young boys playing soldier. They are posed in a formation which makes one think that a Sergeant just yelled to them, “Present Arms”. This photo postcard has excellent clarity and is in very good condition (see scans).

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PORTRAIT OF A DECORATED EUROPEAN SOLDIER, ARMED WITH A SWORD, AND STANDING IN A GARDEN

I wish I knew more about this soldier. This vintage snap shot features a European military man. My first guess is that he is a member of the French or Belgian army. I am hypothesizing that he is an officer. The evidence of his higher rank is the sword that he is carrying.  The gentleman is wearing three medals. The number 1554 appears on his hat and on his collar. Is that the number of his regiment? The soldier appears to be standing in a manicured garden. This vintage photo measures about 3 1/2″ x 4 5/8″ and is in very good condition (see scans).

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