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All experienced (and unexperienced) collectors of German propaganda postcards from the 1930s and 1940s know the magnificent output of the VDA (Volksbund für das Deutschtum im Ausland), as millions of these postcards were issued and thousands are about. A large portion of these were produced by the German artist Wolfgang Willrich, who did wonderful paintings and scetches of both soldiers and specimen of the German race, between 1934 and 1945. He was so productive that R. James Bender published a catalogue in 1990, by Klaus J. Peters, not cheap (still expensive 2nd hand) but available, and containing all of his postcards and most of his drawings and illustrations.

In this volume, all (at the monent of publication known) postcards are assembled, but Willrich did much more, as he was a celebrated illustrator, and his works are spread over books, magazines and other forms of printed publications; quite an interesting man. The VDA has been active in Germany from 1881, under various names. It was not a NS organisation in the beginning, but it was finally incorporated in the "grand NS family" per 3 February 1939. Many of their insignia are to be found on militaria dealer's lists, however they were in fact not NS at birth.The VDA was an organisation who cared for the contact with and welfare of (etnic) Germans who lived outside the German borders, and in particular their education and cultural connections with the home land. To raise funds, the VDA anticipated on the nationalistic sentiments in the German society, and (street) collections, postcard selling, meetings and other fund raising activities were organised. These all were the reason why a tremendeous host of insignia (donation badges), collectors' badges, membership cards, and membership pins are about. The VDA was tightly connected with the Deutscher Schulverein, this was the branch which sought school children to connect and contribute to the general funds.

Most of the postcards designed by Willrich are very common, and they can be picked up for prices below 10 Euros. However, some are harder to find, On other places within the GMIC specimen can be found. Below I would like to assemble the more scarce VDA picture postcards, however, the rarity is open to dispute...

The series are all numbered and each postcard is numbered also.

Two hard to find PCs from the series "Deutscher Blutadel in aller Welt": Nos. P.14-55 &56

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P.14-55b Arbeitsmaid.jpg

P.14-56a R.A.D. Führerin.jpg

P.14-56b R.A.D. Führerin.jpg

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I've recently arrested this very very rare postcard, from the VDA series "Blutadel aller Welt", the Nr.66 "Friesischer Bauer"

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Another good catch was this postcard, edited by Verlag Dr. Franz Vogtmann, in Berlin, Series: "Ehret die Arbeit" at the RAD exhibition in Prague (1944), an "Arbeitsmaid - nach einer Zeichnung von Ernst Wichert"

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Hi gents

The only two cards I have of this era. I know less than nothing of them so apologies if not relevant for this thread.

A related pair of patriotic postcards - used.

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tony

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Hi Tony,

not propaganda in the stricter sense, but humour. Both texts are rhymed and deal with  music as a feel good stimulant and the telephone to keep in touch with the ladies at home.

GreyC

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16 hours ago, GreyC said:

Hi Tony,

not propaganda in the stricter sense, but humour. Both texts are rhymed and deal with  music as a feel good stimulant and the telephone to keep in touch with the ladies at home.

GreyC

 

Hi GreyC

Just got it....

patriotic not propaganda - a difference here

 

But thanks for the interpretation 

tony

 

 

 

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