"Lernt Deutschland kennen!" postcard collection
This collection includes seventy postcards created between 1930 and 1963. Each card measures 4 x 6 inches and is printed in black and white on one side only. The postcards were created as a part of the illustrated series titled "Lernt Deutschland kennen!” or “Get to know Germany,” in which each card features a photograph and short description of a town or landmark. The postcards include pre-printed stamps of Paul von Hindenburg, Adolf Hitler, and Martin Luther. Some cards, issued during the extent of the Third Reich, feature towns in modern-day Austria and Poland.
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This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Contact Special Collections for more information. This collection is open for use.
Conditions Governing Use
Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.
Biographical / Historical
This postcard series appears to have started in the late 1930s or early 1940s, when Paul von Hindenburg’s face was still used on German stamps. In 1941, new definitive stamps, with Adolf Hitler in profile, were issued, and a six penny stamp in this design is pre-printed on the majority of the cards in the present collection. The series must have been a feature of life in Germany at the time and beyond: the final postcard in the group, the only post-War card in the collection, features a fifteen penny stamp with Martin Luther dated 1963, which was first issued in 1961.
Biographical / Historical
There is currently no biographical or historical information available on the creator.
.167 Cubic Feet (1 legal sized folder)
Language of Materials
This collection includes postcards from a series titled "Lernt Deutschland kennen!" which depict images and descriptions of German towns and landmarks. The cards were created between 1930 and 1963 and are pre-printed with stamps of Paul von Hindenburg, Adolf Hitler, and Martin Luther.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Simon Beattie Rare Books in November 2018.
This collection was processed in December 2018 by Kristen Diehl.
- Guide to the "Lernt Deutschland kennen!" postcard collection
- Kristen Diehl
- 2018 December
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
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- Language of description note
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