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  •  SANKE CARD Nr 530 - LEUTNANT JOACHIM von BERTRAB - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

     SANKE CARD Nr 530 – LEUTNANT JOACHIM von BERTRAB

    SKU: 42-115

    $55.00

    Here is another Sanke Card, Nr 530, featuring Leutnant Joachim von Bertrab. Von Bertrab began the war in Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 46. (This Prussian Regiment had one Batterie manned by officers and enlisted men from Braunschweig, of which von Bertrab was a native). He then transferred to the aviation service. Von Bertrab served in Jasta 30 and shot down only five airplanes during his relatively short career. He was important and received notice from Willy Sanke, however, because he shot down four of those five airplanes on one mission. He first shot down two British bombers. Then, two British fighter planes collided while he was attacking them, and he received credit for their downing. His war ended when he was shot down by British Ace Mick Mannock (1887-1918), and became a POW. (Mannock was credited with sixty-one victories, and was awarded the Victoria Cross after his death). Von Bertrab appears in a studio pose wearing his Prussian Army Pilot Badge, and 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class. It was mailed as a Feldpostkarte in June 1919.

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  • AVIATION POSTCARD FEATURING "THE NAKED PILOT." - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    AVIATION POSTCARD FEATURING “THE NAKED PILOT.”

    SKU: 42-176

    $50.00

    This is an interesting aviation-related postcard titled “Der Nackte Flieger” (The Naked Pilot). It tells an interesting story of a pilot from November 1914. In addition to the text, the card features an oval photo of a pilot in its center. An Iron Cross is superimposed over the photo’s bottom. He is flanked by an illustration of an airplane on one side, and troops on the ground with a large cannon on the other.

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  • COLOR AVIATION-RELATED PROPAGANDA POSTCARD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COLOR AVIATION-RELATED PROPAGANDA POSTCARD

    SKU: 42-84

    $15.00

    This is a color propaganda postcard from Great Britain. It shows a dog chasing a panic-stricken duck in flight. The caption reads “The Pup: “I didn’t know it was a Taube!” The postcard was not mailed.

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  • COLOR POSTCARD - AIRPLANE OVER CITY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COLOR POSTCARD – AIRPLANE OVER CITY

    SKU: 42-04

    $20.00

    This postcard shows a caricature of King Albert of Belgium flying an airplane over a city. Hanging to the airplane’s tail is a chained Belgian Congo native holding the King’s hat. It is something of a slam against Belgium’s treatment of the Congolese, which bordered on genocide.

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  • COLOR POSTCARD - BRITISH AIRPLANE - ATTACK - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COLOR POSTCARD – BRITISH AIRPLANE – ATTACK

    SKU: 42-70

    $15.00

    This color postcard shows a British airplane swooping down on the enemy. It is taken from a painting by C. R. W. Nevinson. On the reverse we see that it was produced for the benefit of the YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association). The first YMCA was founded in London during 1844.

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  • COLOR POSTCARD - CONTINENTAL AVIATION - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COLOR POSTCARD – CONTINENTAL AVIATION

    SKU: 42-28

    $15.00

    This color postcard shows a German airplane flying low over a German supply wagon.

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  • COLOR POSTCARD - EARLY ALBATROS BIPLANE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COLOR POSTCARD – EARLY ALBATROS BIPLANE

    SKU: 42-25

    $20.00

    This color postcard shows an Albatros biplane in flight. It is reproduced from a painting. A very faint, penciled note on the obverse dates it to 1912. It is titled “Albert Rupp auf Albatros-Doppeldecker,” (Albert Rupp on Albatros Double-decker).

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  • COLOR POSTCARD - ENGLISH AIRSHIP - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COLOR POSTCARD – ENGLISH AIRSHIP

    SKU: 42-31

    $20.00

    This color postcard shows an English airship flying on patrol over some English airplanes.

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  • COLOR POSTCARD - FRENCH 4. ARMEE - AIRPLANES - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COLOR POSTCARD – FRENCH 4. ARMEE – AIRPLANES

    SKU: 42-06

    $20.00

    This color postcard shows soldiers of the French 4. Armée and airplanes in the air. A message is written on the reverse. The postcard was mailed.

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  • COLOR POSTCARD - FRENCH AIRPLANE - FRENCH ARMY - BATTLE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COLOR POSTCARD – FRENCH AIRPLANE – FRENCH ARMY – BATTLE

    SKU: 42-39

    $15.00

    This is a wonderful French propaganda postcard. It shows a French airplane leading the French Army into battle. In the upper left corner, a mounted Napoleon looks on. I guess in some ways there was not a lot of change from 1815 to 1915, with a stop for the 1870 War in between. A message is written on the reverse.

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  • COLOR POSTCARD - FRENCH AIRPLANE - FRENCH NAVY - FRENCH ARMY - BATTLE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COLOR POSTCARD – FRENCH AIRPLANE – FRENCH NAVY – FRENCH ARMY – BATTLE

    SKU: 42-38

    $15.00

    This postcard shows a French airplane flying the French National Flag and leading the French Army into battle. In the background is the French Fleet. The postcard was mailed from France.

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  • COLOR POSTCARD - FRENCH MOTHER - CHILDREN - GERMAN AIRPLANES - ZEPPELINS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COLOR POSTCARD – FRENCH MOTHER – CHILDREN – GERMAN AIRPLANES – ZEPPELINS

    SKU: 42-08

    $20.00

    This French color postcard shows a mother and her children near Paris jeering as French airplanes and German zeppelins fight overhead. The caption reads “Ah la Barbe les Sales Boches” (Beard the Dirty Krauts).

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  • COLOR POSTCARD - FRENCH TROOPS - AIRPLANES - AIRFIELD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COLOR POSTCARD – FRENCH TROOPS – AIRPLANES – AIRFIELD

    SKU: 42-17

    $20.00

    This color postcard was produced in the USA. It shows French soldiers standing in front of their planes. The caption is “A detachment of the French aviation corps.”

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  • COLOR POSTCARD - GERMAN AIRPLANES - FRONT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COLOR POSTCARD – GERMAN AIRPLANES – FRONT

    SKU: 42-67

    $20.00

    This color postcard shows an observation plane and a single-seater flying over the front. It comes from a painting by Professor Hans Rudolf Schulze. A large number of postcards similar to it were produced from paintings by Schulze and issued for the Deutscher Luftflotten=Verein’s benefit.

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  • COLOR POSTCARD - ITALIAN PROPAGANDA - ZEPPELIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COLOR POSTCARD – ITALIAN PROPAGANDA – ZEPPELIN

    SKU: 42-26

    $20.00

    This is an Italian propaganda postcard showing civilians and a zeppelin. A message is written on the reverse, and it was mailed in 1917.

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  • COLOR POSTCARD - MOTHER - CHILDREN - FATHER CHRISTMAS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COLOR POSTCARD – MOTHER – CHILDREN – FATHER CHRISTMAS

    SKU: 42-10

    $20.00

    In this postcard, a French mother and her two children are seen on Christmas day. The children are playing with some of their presents, while Father Christmas offers another. He points to French cavalry and airplanes above in the sky, being urged on by Marianne, the symbol of French freedom. A message in French is written on the reverse.

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  • COLOR POSTCARD - SQUADRON - ENGLISH PLANES - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COLOR POSTCARD – SQUADRON – ENGLISH PLANES

    SKU: 42-19

    $20.00

    This postcard, which is in color, shows a squadron of English planes returning home from a raid. The postcard sports the RFC’s Coat-of-Arms on the reverse. (The Royal Flying Corps was renamed the Royal Air Force, its current name, late in WW II).

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  • COLOR POSTCARD - ZEPPELIN L 10 - SCHWABEN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COLOR POSTCARD – ZEPPELIN L 10 – SCHWABEN

    SKU: 42-64

    $3.00

    This is a modern-day color postcard of the LZ 10 Schwaben. The photo dates from the period of 1911-1912, although it has been recently reproduced in Germany. The postcard’s reverse lists some of the zeppelin’s statistics.

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  • COLOR POSTCARD OF A YOUNG MAN & PRETTY GIRL - ZEPPELIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    COLOR POSTCARD OF A YOUNG MAN & PRETTY GIRL – ZEPPELIN

    SKU: 42-21

    $25.00

    This postcard shows a young man smiling at a pretty girl with a zeppelin flying overhead. The caption is “I’d rather be in a row boat looking up than in an airship looking down.” The reverse shows that the postcard was mailed in 1912 from Springfield, Massachusetts, USA.

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  • EARLY AIRMAIL POSTCARD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    EARLY AIRMAIL POSTCARD

    SKU: 42-179

    $60.00

    Germany was one of the first nations to offer airmail. They did so by issuing a special postcard. They were highly-prized by both aviation collectors and postage stamp collectors. The special route that was set up went from Mannheim to Heidelberg and returned. Its obverse features an airplane in flight with the legend below it stating “Erste Deutsche Luft=Post” (First German Air Mail). Flanking this scene are views of Mannheim and Heidelberg, along with Mannheim Heidelberg and Heidelberg Mannheim. A message has been penned on the reverse. In the lower left corner we see that the price is twenty pfennigs for the postcard, and that it is for use in airmail. The cancelled stamp (five pfennigs) appears in the upper top right corner. The postcard was mailed in Mannheim, going to Heidelberg on 19 May 1912. [The USA did not begin airmail service until the 1920’s]. This is a very attractive and historic postcard that was sent by airmail more than one hundred years ago.

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  • EARLY POSTCARD SHOWING TAUBE MONOPLANE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    EARLY POSTCARD SHOWING TAUBE MONOPLANE

    SKU: 42-177

    $30.00

    This is a very early postcard that shows a German Taube that just shot down another monoplane. At the bottom of the postcard is “Besigt. Abstüzendes feindlisches Flugzeug.” This is a drawing or painting. The artist’s name is noted along with “A526,” the postcard number. The firm’s name is below it. On the reverse we see that this is a Feldpostkarte. It was mailed through the military post system on 21 November 1917. The postcard is written in the purple grease pencil that was often used at the front. The postcard has two unit and Feldpostkarte stamps applied to it.

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  • FRENCH POSTCARD - ENGLISH AIRPLANE - GERMAN ULANENS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    FRENCH POSTCARD – ENGLISH AIRPLANE – GERMAN ULANENS

    SKU: 42-32

    $15.00

    This postcard shows an English airplane escaping from German cavalry. It appears that the airplane has landed to rescue one of the aviators. The mounted Germans are firing rifles at the escaping airplane. This is a French postcard that was mailed from France.

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  • GUSTAV LIERSCH CARD Nr 7761 - PLM WINNER HAUPTMANN OSWALD BOELCKE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GUSTAV LIERSCH CARD Nr 7761 – PLM WINNER HAUPTMANN OSWALD BOELCKE

    SKU: 38-593

    $50.00

    This is a Gustav Liersch Card Nr 7761 of Hauptmann Oswald Boelcke. It is a profile shot. The card was produced after his death in October 1916, because it shows a cross after his name.

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  • GUSTAV LIERSCH POSTCARD Nr 7783 - OBERLEUTNANT MAX von COSSEL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GUSTAV LIERSCH POSTCARD Nr 7783 – OBERLEUTNANT MAX von COSSEL

    SKU: 42-150

    $55.00

    This is a Gustav Liersch Postcard Nr 7783, which features Oberleutnant Alexander von Cossel. He was an Observer and was best known for his pairing with his pilot Vizefeldwebel Rudolf Windisch. They were assigned to an observation plane. They flew a mission on the Eastern Front behind the Russian lines in which von Cossel blew up a key Russian bridge, and Windisch returned the next day to retrieve the intrepid observer. Both aviators were personally decorated by Kaiser Wilhelm II. Von Cossel received the Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order. Windisch received the Prussian Crown Order 4th Class with Swords. [This was the latter decoration’s ONLY award to a WW I pilot. Even more remarkable, the decoration usually was awarded to officers ONLY, and Windisch was an NCO. What the Kaiser wanted, however, the Kaiser got]! This studio pose shows von Cossel wearing a Prussian Pilot badge. He is also wearing his visor cap and the ribbon for the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. The postcard was not mailed

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  • GUSTAV LIERSCH POSTCARD Nr 7803 OF PLM WINNER LEUTNANT ALBERT DOSSENBACH - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    GUSTAV LIERSCH POSTCARD Nr 7803 OF PLM WINNER LEUTNANT ALBERT DOSSENBACH

    SKU: 38-1832

    $55.00

    Albert Dossenbach flew with Jastas 2, 10, and 36. He received the PLM on 11 November 1916. This was actually achieved while he was a pilot of an observation plane and attached to FA 22. While serving with Jasta 36 and Jasta 10, he was the Jastaführer. He was killed in action on 3 July 1917. The postcard has been removed from a photo album.

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  • HIGH-QUALITY "OILETTE" POSTCARD - BRITISH AIRPLANE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    HIGH-QUALITY “OILETTE” POSTCARD – BRITISH AIRPLANE

    SKU: 42-60

    $30.00

    Raphael Tuck & Sons were major postcard publishers. Raphael and his wife emigrated from Germany to London, England and started selling pictures and frames in 1866. Raphael was joined by his three sons in 1871, when they published their first Christmas greeting card. In 1893 they were granted a Royal Warrant by Queen Victoria. Their first series of numbered postcards was printed in 1898, a set of 12 lithographed vignette views of London. Their cards were mostly printed in England, Saxony, and Holland, while their designs usually came from local artists at their international branches. “Oilette” was a trade name used by Raphael Tuck to describe postcards reproduced from original paintings. The firm introduced the “Oilette” Series in 1903. They were organized in sets, with all cards in the same set having the same number, and issued at the same time. “Oilette” post cards are eagerly sought by collectors and specialists today. Collections with more than 6,000 different 0ilettes exist, although at least 12,000 to 15,000 “Oilette” cards were printed, each with a different subject. Unfortunately, like many other postcard printers and manufacturers of their time, Raphael Tuck & Sons’ history, records, original paintings and postcards were destroyed during World War II’s bombing blitz of London. The firm continued after the war. It was bought and sold several times, but never returned to its pre WW II glory. This engaging postcard depicts a British twin-engined “Caudron” airplane in the sky against fluffy white clouds. The reverse’s identification reads “A Caudron…

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  • NPG CARD Nr 5613 - PLM WINNER OBERLEUTNANT MAX IMMELMANN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NPG CARD Nr 5613 – PLM WINNER OBERLEUTNANT MAX IMMELMANN

    SKU: 38-1913

    $60.00

    Oberleutnant Max Immelmann was one of Germany’s early aviation heroes. He and Oswald Boelcke were the first pilots to receive the Orden Pour le Mérite in January 1916, after they had achieved the score of eight victories. By January 1917, it took sixteen kills. Soon the prescribed number rose to twenty, and finally thirty victories for achievement of the award. Many say that the PLM was nicknamed the “Blue Max” for Immelmann. He died in June of 1916, with fifteen total victories to his credit. In this photograph he is wearing a PLM at his throat. He also wears a five-place medal bar high on his left breast. Below that is his 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and Prussian Army Pilot Badge. The card is clean and fresh on both sides.

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  • NPG CARD Nr 5695 VIZEFELDWEBEL WAGNER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NPG CARD Nr 5695 VIZEFELDWEBEL WAGNER

    SKU: 42-159

    $45.00

    This card shows a Feldwebel Wagner. There is little information that I can find on him other than he flew in the Balkans. In this studio pose Wagner is seated wearing his schirmütze and black leather gloves. He is wearing a Prussian Army Pilot badge and the ribbon in his second button hole for the 1914 iron Cross 2nd Class. The postcard was not mailed.

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  • NPG POSTCARD Nr 167 - SEAPLANE - WHEELED OUT - WATER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NPG POSTCARD Nr 167 – SEAPLANE – WHEELED OUT – WATER

    SKU: 42-88

    $50.00

    This postcard shows a seaplane, which has wheels under it, being wheeled out of the water. Three enlisted sailors can be seen manhandling the airplane out of the water. On the reverse we can see that it was mailed in October 1917.

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  • NPG POSTCARD Nr 5566 - PILOT LEUTNANT FRANK SEYDLER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NPG POSTCARD Nr 5566 – PILOT LEUTNANT FRANK SEYDLER

    SKU: 43-314

    $55.00

    This is an NPG Postcard featuring Leutnant Frank Seydler. He was attached to the Turkish Air Service and served during the Battle of Gallipoli. While Seydler is wearing a German officer’s uniform, he sports a Turkish officer’s headdress. On his tunic is a Bavarian Army Pilot Badge, Iron Cross 1st Class and a Turkish decoration. He also wears the ribbons for the Iron Cross 2nd Class and another decoration, which may well be the Bavarian Military Merit Order 4th Class. The postcard was not mailed.

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  • NPG POSTCARD Nr 6004 - PLM WINNER OSWALD BOELCKE - MAX IMMELMANN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    NPG POSTCARD Nr 6004 – PLM WINNER OSWALD BOELCKE – MAX IMMELMANN

    SKU: 42-87

    $55.00

    This postcard, NPG Postcard Nr 6004, shows the first two German pilots to be awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite in January 1916. On the left is Max Immelmann and on the right is Oswald Boelcke. Legend has it that the PLM’s popular nickname, the “Blue Max,” comes from Immelmann. Neither man lived to see the dawn of 1917. Immelmann was killed in June (with seventeen confirmed victories) and Boelcke in October due a midair collision with one of his own pilots (he had forty confirmed victories). This is a “mourning card” as it is bordered in black. So, it was produced after late October 1916. It was not mailed.

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  • ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OF KRONPRINZ VISITING GENERALS AND OFFICERS AT AIRFIELD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH OF KRONPRINZ VISITING GENERALS AND OFFICERS AT AIRFIELD

    SKU: 42-181

    $60.00

    This is an original photograph that has been printed on postcard stock. The view shows the Kronprinz from behind. He is partially turned, however, and it is clearly him. Whoever mailed this wrote below him “Kronprinz.” He is surrounded by numerous officers standing in front of a tent. He is speaking to a General. Another three are standing behind him. On the reverse we see that this was mailed as a Feldpostkarte. It is written in the purple grease pencil that was so commonly seen at the front, and in most field and administrative offices. In addition to the text, we see two unit stamps. First is for Feld-Flieger Abteilung Nr 34. The second is a stamp for K.D. Feldpostamt des VI. Reservekorps. The stamp is dated 22 May 1915.

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  • POSTCARD - AIRPLANE - CRASHED - OCEAN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    POSTCARD – AIRPLANE – CRASHED – OCEAN

    SKU: 42-83

    $10.00

    This postcard shows an airplane which has crashed in the ocean and is sinking. To the airplane’s left, we see a small boat. In the upper left corner is the legend “Seenot” (Sea Emergency). The postcard was never mailed.

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  • POSTCARD - AIRPLANE FLYING OVER HOTEL - RESTAURANT - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    POSTCARD – AIRPLANE FLYING OVER HOTEL – RESTAURANT

    SKU: 42-07

    $20.00

    This postcard shows a naval seaplane flying over a German restaurant and hotel located by the water.

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  • POSTCARD - ENGLISH MONOPLANE - GERMAN MUSEUM - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    POSTCARD – ENGLISH MONOPLANE – GERMAN MUSEUM

    SKU: 42-55

    $15.00

    This postcard shows a German museum. It has a British monoplane hanging from the ceiling. Other accouterments are in the hall. A message is written on the reverse. Written commentary is around the obverse, as well. It is postmarked 12.10.1916.

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  • POSTCARD - FERDINAND GRAF von ZEPPELIN - ZEPPELIN-ECKNER SPENDE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    POSTCARD – FERDINAND GRAF von ZEPPELIN – ZEPPELIN-ECKNER SPENDE

    SKU: 42-62

    $25.00

    This postcard is of Ferdinand Graf von Zeppelin (1838-1917). The originator of airships in Germany, Graf von Zeppelin founded the company that bore his name. The obverse of the postcard sports a reproduction of his signature. The reverse shows that the postcard is for the benefit of the Zeppelin-Eckner Spende, which helped raise money for the company’s further efforts.

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  • POSTCARD - FOKKER SILBER-MÖWE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    POSTCARD – FOKKER SILBER-MÖWE

    SKU: 42-85

    $20.00

    Anthony Fokker continued to design and build airplanes after WW I ended. He returned to the Netherlands and even built airplanes in the U.S. In 1925, the Fokker F VII. began production. It was a wooden airliner that had three motors (The Fokker Tri Motor and the Ford Tri Motor airplanes were famous in the 1920’s) and carried 8-12 passengers. The crash of a Fokker airliner in 1931 (a TWA flight) caused the death of famous Notre Dame football coach Knute Rockne. This postcard shows a Fokker Tri Motor that was known at the “Silber Möwe” (Silver Seagull). The postcard has never been mailed.

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  • POSTCARD - FRENCH AIRPLANE - TAUBE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    POSTCARD – FRENCH AIRPLANE – TAUBE

    SKU: 42-30

    $15.00

    This postcard shows a French airplane that is shooting down a German Taube.

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  • POSTCARD - FRENCH HOT-AIR BALLOON - CAVALRY - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    POSTCARD – FRENCH HOT-AIR BALLOON – CAVALRY

    SKU: 42-24

    $20.00

    This postcard, which is from a 1906 painting, features a hot-air balloon with two French occupants either escaping from or attacking German cavalry. French soldiers are faintly visible on the hill behind the balloon. The title at the card’s bottom reads “Salon de 1906. – Le Porteur de Dépêche, par R. Arus” (Salon of 1906. – The Dispatch Bearer, by R. Arus).

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  • POSTCARD - GERMAN AVIATOR - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    POSTCARD – GERMAN AVIATOR

    SKU: 42-58

    $25.00

    This German propaganda postcard depicts an idealized German Aviator. He strikes a heroic pose. The image is taken from a brown/yellow-toned lithograph. It reads “Und Ihr? Zeichnet Kriegsanleihe” (And You? Buy War Bonds). Obviously, it supports the German War Bond effort.

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  • POSTCARD - GERMAN ISLAND - HELGOLAND - SEAPLANES - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    POSTCARD – GERMAN ISLAND – HELGOLAND – SEAPLANES

    SKU: 42-13

    $20.00

    This postcard shows the island of Helgoland. A number of ships are just offshore. Two seaplanes are flying toward the camera. The caption states “Helgoland mit Kriegshafen” (Helgoland with War-Harbor).

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  • POSTCARD - GERMAN WAGON - WRECKAGE -AIRPLANE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    POSTCARD – GERMAN WAGON – WRECKAGE -AIRPLANE

    SKU: 42-77

    $15.00

    This postcard shows a wagon loaded with the wreckage of an airplane.

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  • POSTCARD - GRIEVING FAMILY - DEATH - ZEPPELIN BOMBING - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    POSTCARD – GRIEVING FAMILY – DEATH – ZEPPELIN BOMBING

    SKU: 42-73

    $15.00

    In this postcard we see a French family grieving for their family member, who has died in a hospital. A sheet has just been pulled over the deceased as a doctor and nurse look on somberly. Since it is a father and daughter who are mourning, it implies the zeppelin’s victim was their wife/mother. The French postcard is entitled “Triomphe de Zeppelin” (the zeppelin’s triumph).

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  • POSTCARD - OF PLM WINNER MAX IMMELMANN - FAMED FOKKER EINDECKER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    POSTCARD – OF PLM WINNER MAX IMMELMANN – FAMED FOKKER EINDECKER

    SKU: 42-96

    $50.00

    This postcard shows a Fokker Eindecker on the ground, with an oval portrait of Max Immelmann. It was mailed as a Feldpostkarte in 1916.

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  • POSTCARD - PLM WINNER HAUPTMANN OSWALD BOELCKE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    POSTCARD – PLM WINNER HAUPTMANN OSWALD BOELCKE

    SKU: 42-76

    $15.00

    This “Death” postcard shows Oswald Boelcke in his classic pose of right hand on hip. Below his image is a poem alluding to his death on 28 October 1916. This card is a period Kriegs Karte that was a remake of both a Sanke and a Gustav Liersch postcard.

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  • POSTCARD - PLM WINNER LEUTNANT MAX IMMELMANN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    POSTCARD – PLM WINNER LEUTNANT MAX IMMELMANN

    SKU: 42-99

    $45.00

    This postcard shows two images. One is of Max Immelmann. The other is of an enemy aircraft on the ground with many German ground troops surrounding it. The postcard was not mailed.

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  • POSTCARD - SEAPLANE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    POSTCARD – SEAPLANE

    SKU: 42-56

    $20.00

    This postcard shows a German seaplane in flight. The caption reads “Wasserflugzeug beim Aufklärungsdienst” (Seaplane from the Intelligence Service).

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  • POSTCARD - YOUNG FRENCH GIRL - ZEPPELIN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    POSTCARD – YOUNG FRENCH GIRL – ZEPPELIN

    SKU: 42-15

    This postcard shows a young French girl looking up at a zeppelin in the sky. She is saying “Zeppelintu ne, me fais pas peur!” (Zeppelin, you do not scare me!). A French message is written on the reverse, but the postcard was not mailed.
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  • POSTCARD FEATURING ANTHONY FOKKER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    POSTCARD FEATURING ANTHONY FOKKER

    SKU: 42-180

    $60.00

    This postcard shows Anthony (Tony) Fokker (1890-1939) at an airfield with a military monoplane. It is quite possibly the Fokker Eindecker. Fokker is in his flying garb: a leather helmet and goggles. He is also wearing a suit and tie! The caption of the postcard is “Fokker an seinem Militär-Flugzeug.” No mention is made of who produced the postcard. The postcard was never mailed and is in excellent condition.

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  • POSTCARD SHOWS MACHINE GUN READY FOR ACTION AGAINST AIRPLANES - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    POSTCARD SHOWS MACHINE GUN READY FOR ACTION AGAINST AIRPLANES

    SKU: 42-121

    $20.00

    This postcard shows a machine gun manned and ready to combat enemy airplanes. Its obverse identifies the weapon as a part of Maschinen Gewehr Nr 7. It is mounted on a circular base that allowed it to be turned in any direction. No message is written on the reverse.

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  • RITTMEISTER MANFRED FREIHERR von RICHTHOFEN PHOTO POSTCARD FROM  UNSERE LUFTFLOTTE im WELTKRIEG - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    RITTMEISTER MANFRED FREIHERR von RICHTHOFEN PHOTO POSTCARD FROM UNSERE LUFTFLOTTE im WELTKRIEG

    SKU: 42-175

    $95.00

    Today we are offering an interesting reissue of one of Rittmeister Manfred Freiherr von Richthofen’s famous Sanke Cards. The Red Baron’s Sanke Cards were very popular from 1917 through 1918 and even after the war. A number of different von Richthofen poses were issued. Other postcard manufacturers even bought the rights to original photographs so they could issue their own versions. When the Third Reich began its twelve-year reign over Germany, one of Hitler’s chief lieutenants, Hermann Göring, used his WW I fame as JG 1’s final commander and a PLM-winner to create increased interest in Germany’s pilots and air force. Just prior to 1935’s creation of the Luftwaffe, a wave of items about WW I’s PLM-winning pilots broke forth. Books, cigarette cards, and postcards were published, and WW I’s very popular Sanke Cards were reissued during 1933-1934. So, we are offering one of these postcards today. Its reverse states “Unsere Luftflotte in Weltkrieg,” with the dates 1933-1934. Von Richthofen is pictured hatless and sporting his famous ulanka, the tunic worn by Ulanen-Regiment officers and troopers. His PLM can be seen around his neck, while his left breast displays his 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class above his Prussian Pilot Badge. His hands are thrust into his ulanka’s pockets. Yet, like his Nr 503 Sanke Card, it is his steady, piercing gaze that captures my attention. The condition of the card is excellent. It has never been mailed. These postcards are every bit as scarce as the original Sanke Cards.

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  • SANKE CARD Nr 1009 - GOTHA OBSERVATION PLANE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SANKE CARD Nr 1009 – GOTHA OBSERVATION PLANE

    SKU: 42-92

    $50.00

    This postcard, Nr 1009 in the Sanke series, shows a Gotha Observation Plane as it sits on the ground. It was mailed as a Feldpostkarte in 1915 from Gotha.

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    SANKE CARD Nr 1044 – ALBATROS OBSERVATION PLANE

    SKU: 42-165

    $50.00

    This is Sanke Card Nr 1044, which shows an Albatros two-seat observation biplane. It is most likely an Albatros C. III, which was an aircraft that was highly used by German observation squadrons. It is also interesting to note that Willy Sanke introduced a line of postcards highlighting the many airplanes flown by the heroes on his pilot and observer postcards. This postcard was not mailed.

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  • SANKE CARD Nr 361 - OBERLEUTNANT MAX IMMELMANN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SANKE CARD Nr 361 – OBERLEUTNANT MAX IMMELMANN

    SKU: 42-173

    $65.00

    This is a Sanke Card of Max Immelmann. He, along with Oswald Boelcke, was one of the first two German pilots to receive the Orden Pour le Mérite in January 1916. The legend is that the PLM’s popular name (the Blue Max) was in his honor. He was also known as the “Eagle of Lille.” He received his award after attaining eight confirmed victories. He flew a Fokker Eindecker, which was equipped with an interrupter device that allowed his machine gun to fire between his propeller blades. He died on 15 June 1916 with fifteen victories to his credit. The postcard shows Immelmann standing against a backdrop. He holds his schirmütze in his hand. His tunic boasts a large medal bar, 1914 Iron Cross, and his Prussian Pilot Badge. Also he wears the coveted Blue Max at his throat. His rank, “Oberleutnant Immelmann,” appears in the card’s right upper corner. Below that is a small white cross, which indicates that he is dead (and means the card was produced after his death). The postcard has not been mailed and is in excellent condition.

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  • SANKE CARD Nr 361 OF PLM WINNER OBERLEUTNANT MAX IMMELMANN - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SANKE CARD Nr 361 OF PLM WINNER OBERLEUTNANT MAX IMMELMANN

    SKU: 42-139

    $55.00

    This is a Sanke card of Oberleutnant Max Immelmann (1890-1916). He along with Oswald Boelcke were the leading aces during the period of 1915 until mid 1916. He along with Oswald Boelcke received the first PLM’s awarded to pilots in January 1916. Legend has it that the “blue Max” was named for Max Immelmann. He served in FAA 62 along with Boelcke. He was responsible for the invention of the Immelmann turn a maneuver still used today by pilots. He was killed in action in June of 1916. At the time he had seventeen confirmed victories. In this pose Immelmann is standing in a studio. He is holding his schirmütze in his hand. He has his PLM at his throat. On his left breast he has a medal bar, 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class, and a Prussian Pilot badge. The card was not mailed.

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    SANKE CARD Nr 363 – PLM WINNER HAUPTMANN OSWALD BOELCKE

    SKU: 42-146

    $75.00

    If there was one man during WW I who revolutionized combat flying it was Oswald Boelcke (1891-1916). It was he who developed the concept of the Jasta. A dedicated combat squadron of single seater attack airplanes. Prior to that single seaters were disbursed among observation squadrons. Boelcke correctly felt that concentrating them n dedicated squadrons would bring concentrated force on the enemy. He also developed what would come to be known as the “Boelcke Dicta.” This was a set of certain rules for fighter pilots that are used to this date by every air force in the world. Today these rules of engagement seem obvious but one must remember this was at a time that was only thirteen years removed from the first flight of an airplane. It was also at a time when just a year earlier that machine guns were mounted on an airplane instead of pilot’s shooting at one another with rifles and pistols. Boelcke would gain fame as being awarded his PLM on the same day as Max Immelmann in January 1916. With the death of Immelmann in the Summer of 1916 Boelcke became the clear-cut leader. He also began assembling his Jasta and among the men that he hand picked was a young pilot who to that point had lead an undistinguished career. His name was Leutnant Freiherr Manfred von Richthofen. Boelcke’s score continued to rise (Forty confirmed victories.) Until a fateful day in late October when he collided with one of his own pilots…

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  • SANKE CARD Nr 363 PLM WINNER HAUPTMANN OSWALD BOELCKE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SANKE CARD Nr 363 PLM WINNER HAUPTMANN OSWALD BOELCKE

    SKU: 38-1827

    $50.00

    Oswald Boelcke was one of the greatest of the German aces. He had forty confirmed victories at the time he was killed in late-October 1916. Had he survived into 1917 when better German aircraft became available (especially into “Bloody April”), I cannot even begin to imagine what his score could have been. This card shows Boelcke in his classic pose, with his right hand on his hip. He is often seen in informal photos standing like this. The postcard has been removed from a photo album.

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  • SANKE CARD Nr 372 - PLM WINNER LEUTNANT GUSTAV LEFFERS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SANKE CARD Nr 372 – PLM WINNER LEUTNANT GUSTAV LEFFERS

    SKU: 42-137

    $55.00

    This is a Sanke card of Leutnant Gustav Leffers (1895-1916). After receiving his pilot training and being posted to single seaters in FFA 32 he achieved a total of nine victories and was awarded the PLM in November 1916. He was killed in action a month later. In this studio pose Leffers is standing and wearing his schirmütze. On his tunic we see his 1914 iron Cross 1st Class and his Prussian Pilot Badge. He has yet not been awarded the PLM. The postcard was not mailed.

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  • SANKE CARD Nr 372 OF PLM WINNER LEUTNANT GUSTAV LEFFERS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SANKE CARD Nr 372 OF PLM WINNER LEUTNANT GUSTAV LEFFERS

    SKU: 42-153

    $55.00

    Gustav Leffers was an early winner of the PLM. He flew with several early aviation units until he was posted to the newly created Jasta 1. He won his PLM on 5 November 1916. He was killed in action on 27 December 1916. Leffers is seen in a studio pose. He is not wearing his PLM. He is wearing the Prussian Army pilot badge, 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class, and the 1914 Friedrich August Cross 1st Class. The postcard while not mailed, does have notes on Leffers career by a German collector.

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    SANKE CARD Nr 378 OF PLM WINNER LEUTNANT KURT WINTGENS SANKE

    SKU: 42-107

    $60.00

    This is Sanke Card Nr 378 featuring PLM-winning pilot Kurt Wintgens (1894-1916). Wintgens was the 4th pilot to win the PLM after his 8th air victory. He went on to achieve nineteen victories before he was shot down and killed in September 1916. The postcard has a reproduction of his signature on its obverse. If we examine the reverse, we see that it was mailed as a Feldpostkarte by a man assigned to Flieger-Abteilung Nr 280.

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    SANKE CARD Nr 379 – PLM WINNER LEUTNANT MAX RITTER von MULZER

    SKU: 42-134

    $55.00

    Max Ritter von Mulzer (1893-1916) was an early Bavarian ace. He served in FFA 62 along with Oswald Boelcke and Max Immelmann. He was awarded his PLM after eight victories in 1916. He was the first Bavarian to receive the PLM. He was killed in an airplane crash due to a structural failure in September 1916 with a total of ten victories. He was also knighted by Bavaria and carried the title of Max Ritter von Mulzer to his death. This pose shows him in a studio wearing a tunic similar to an ulanka. Prior to his transfer to the Air Service, he served in Chevaguler-Regiment Nr 8 who wore similar tunics. Only the ribbon for the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. He had not yet been awarded the PLM. The postcard was not mailed.

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  • SANKE CARD Nr 381 - PLM WINNER LEUTNANT WALTER HÖHNDORFF - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SANKE CARD Nr 381 – PLM WINNER LEUTNANT WALTER HÖHNDORFF

    SKU: 42-50

    $55.00

    This is Sanke Card Nr 381, featuring Walter Höhndorff. He served as a pilot in several squadrons and jastas. He achieved a total of twelve confirmed victories in 1916, and received the PLM in July of that year. He was killed while testing an aircraft in September 1916. On this Sanke Card he is wearing the Pour le Mérite and the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class.

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    SANKE CARD Nr 381 – PLM WINNER WALTER HÖHNDORFF

    SKU: 42-144

    $60.00

    Walter Höhndorff (1892-1917) was a PLM winning pilot who was involved in pre WW I aviation in Germany. He served in Jastas 1, 4, and 14. He achieved twelve air victories and was awarded the PLM. He was killed in September 1917 while testing a new airplane. In this pose he is standing and wearing his visor cap. His 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and PLM are clearly seen. He is not wearing a pilot badge. This postcard was not mailed.

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    SANKE CARD Nr 384 PLM-WINNER LEUTNANT WILHELM FRANKL

    SKU: $65.00

    $42.00

    This is one of the ever-popular postcards produced by Willi Sanke, Sanke Card Nr 384 of Leutnant Wilhelm Frankl. Frankl (1893-1917) was Jasta 4’s commander and a Pour le Mérite winner with a total of twenty confirmed victories at the time of his April 1917 death. He was awarded the PLM in 1916 after he had achieved eight victories. When the Luftwaffe was formed under Hermann Göring in the 1930’s, Frankl was largely forgotten due to his Jewish heritage. He was left out of most books about PLM-winners and aces. When he was referred to at all, it was as “The Jew with the Blue Max.” Sanke Card Nr 384 shows him seated in a chair outdoors. His hands are folded in his lap. He wears his PLM around his neck. His 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and Prussian Pilot Badge appear on his left breast. The card’s reverse shows no writing. It was never mailed.

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  • SANKE CARD Nr 385 - PLM WINNER LEUTNANT MAX RITTER von MULZER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SANKE CARD Nr 385 – PLM WINNER LEUTNANT MAX RITTER von MULZER

    SKU: 42-135

    $55.00

    Max Ritter von Mulzer (1893-1916) was an early Bavarian ace. He served in FFA 62 along with Oswald Boelcke and Max Immelmann. He was awarded his PLM after eight victories in 1916. He was the first Bavarian to receive the PLM. He was killed in an airplane crash due to a structural failure in September 1916 with a total of ten victories. He was also knighted by Bavaria and carried the title of Max Ritter von Mulzer to his death. This pose shows him in a studio wearing a tunic similar to an ulanka. Prior to his transfer to the Air Service, he served in Chevaguler-Regiment Nr 8 who wore similar tunics. On his tunic he wears the PLM at his throat, the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and the Bavarian Pilot Badge. The postcard was not mailed.

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  • SANKE CARD Nr 388 OBERLEUTNANT MARTIN GERLICH - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SANKE CARD Nr 388 OBERLEUTNANT MARTIN GERLICH

    SKU: 42-157

    $55.00

    Martin Gerlich (1892-1920) rose to the rank of Hauptmann. He was assigned to a bombing squadrons during WW I. In this pose he is seen indoors. He is wearing a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and a Prussian Army Observer badge. This postcard was not mailed.

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  • SANKE CARD Nr 390 OF PLM WINNER LEUTNANT HARTMUT BALDAMUS - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SANKE CARD Nr 390 OF PLM WINNER LEUTNANT HARTMUT BALDAMUS

    SKU: 42- 156

    $55.00

    Hartmut Baldamus flew with both Jasta 5 and Jasta 9. He had a total of eighteen confirmed victories. He was killed in April 1917. He was very close to having the twenty victories that were required for a PLM at the time. Interestingly, he had received his eighth victory in December 1916, but the number to receive a PLM was increased. Manfred von Richthofen received his PLM at the time of his sixteenth victory in January 1917. This postcard was not mailed.

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    SANKE CARD Nr 394 – LEUTNANT ALFRED FRIEDRICH

    SKU: 42-51

    $55.00

    This is Sanke Card Nr 394, featuring Leutnant Alfred Friedrich. He served in Jasta 10. He achieved twenty-one victories before his death. He had been nominated for the PLM, but was killed in action before it could be approved. On this Sanke Card, prior to his promotion, he is still wearing an NCO’s uniform.

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    SANKE CARD Nr 422 – LEUTNANT HELMUTH HIRTH

    SKU: 42-154

    $50.00

    Hellmuth Hirth (1886-1938) was an early aviation hero in Germany. In this studio pose Hirth is seen wearing a Prussian Army pilot badge and the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class looped through the second button hole of his tunic. The postcard was not mailed.

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  • SANKE CARD Nr 424 - OBERLEUTNANT MAX von COSSEL - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SANKE CARD Nr 424 – OBERLEUTNANT MAX von COSSEL

    SKU: 42-152

    $55.00

    This is a Gustav Liersch Postcard Nr 7783, which features Oberleutnant Alexander von Cossel. He was an Observer and was best known for his pairing with his pilot Vizefeldwebel Rudolf Windisch. They were assigned to an observation plane. They flew a mission on the Eastern Front behind the Russian lines in which von Cossel blew up a key Russian bridge, and Windisch returned the next day to retrieve the intrepid observer. Both aviators were personally decorated by Kaiser Wilhelm II. Von Cossel received the Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order. Windisch received the Prussian Crown Order 4th Class with Swords. [This was the latter decoration’s ONLY award to a WW I pilot. Even more remarkable, the decoration usually was awarded to officers ONLY, and Windisch was an NCO. What the Kaiser wanted, however, the Kaiser got]! This studio pose shows von Cossel wearing a Prussian Observer badge, 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class, and a ribbon bar. The postcard was not mailed

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    SANKE CARD Nr 502 – PLM WINNER ERWIN BÖHME

    SKU: 38-1741

    $55.00

    Erwin Böhme was one of the leading pilots of Jasta 2. Jasta 2 was commanded by Hauptmann Boelcke. Another member of the Jasta in 1916 was a young officer who had come from an Ulanen-Regiment, basic pilot training, and limited service in an observation squadron. The young pilot was none other than Manfred von Richthofen. Böhme was a PLM-winner and had twenty-four confirmed victories. He is perhaps best known as the pilot who collided with Oswald Boelcke, who then plunged to his death. Böhme ultimately commanded Jasta 2, which was renamed “Jasta Boelcke” in honor of its fallen commander. Böhme received notification of his award of the PLM. He never actually received his PLM before his death. This postcard shows him in a feldbluse with a ribbon bar, 1914 Iron Cross, and a Prussian Pilot Badge. This postcard was removed from a photo album.

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  • SANKE CARD Nr 507 - PLM WINNER KARL EMIL SCHÄFER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SANKE CARD Nr 507 – PLM WINNER KARL EMIL SCHÄFER

    SKU: 38-1732

    $60.00

     Karl Emil Schäfer was one of the most able pilots in Jasta 11 and a favorite of Manfred von Richthofen. He had thirty confirmed victories and was awarded the PLM. He was killed in action on 5 June 1917. This shows him in uniform in a studio pose. He is not wearing a PLM.  

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  • SANKE CARD Nr 507 - PLM WINNER LEUTNANT KARL EMIL SCHÄFER - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SANKE CARD Nr 507 – PLM WINNER LEUTNANT KARL EMIL SCHÄFER

    SKU: 38-1915

    $60.00

    Karl Emil Schäfer was one of Jasta 11’s best-known pilots under Manfred von Richthofen’s command. During 1917’s “Bloody April,” he shot down no less then fifteen enemy airplanes. He was awarded his PLM and the Knight’s Cross of the Hohenzollern House Order on 26 April 1917. He was also transferred to Jasta 28 as its jastaführer. He was killed in action on 5 June, with a total of thirty confirmed victories. Young Schäfer is shown before his PLM award. All that is visible in his tunic’s buttonholes are the ribbons for two decorations. One is the 1914 Iron Cross 2nd Class. The card is clean on both the front and back.

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    SANKE CARD Nr 507 – PLM WINNER LEUTNANT KARL EMIL SCHÄFER

    SKU: 42-106

    $60.00

    This is Sanke Card Nr 507, depicting thirty-victory-ace and PLM-winner Karl Emil Schäfer (1891-1917). Schäfer began the war as a member of Jäger-Bataillon Nr 10. He transferred to the air service and received his pilot training. He served in other squadrons, then he was personally chosen by Manfred von Richthofen for his Jasta 11 in February 1917. While a member of Jasta 11, he was awarded the PLM. In April 1917, he was transferred to Jasta 28 as its C.O. He was killed in combat during June 1917. Interestingly, he is remembered to this date as one of the primary members of the legendary Jasta 11. This pose shows him in his uniform, complete with schirmütze. He had as yet to be awarded the PLM. The postcard was not mailed.

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    SANKE CARD Nr 512 – PLM WINNER KARL EMIL SCHÄFER

    SKU: 42-53

    $55.00

    This is Sanke Card Nr 512, featuring Karl Emil Schäfer. Schäfer was one of Jasta 11’s early heroes, along with Manfred von Richthofen, Lothar von Richthofen, Karl Wolff, and Karl Allmenröder. Schäfer joined Jasta 11 in February 1917. Schäefer had a spectacular record. By the end of “Bloody April” 1917, he had twenty-three confirmed victories and his PLM. In late April he was transferred to Jasta 28 as its Jastaführer. He was killed in early June 1917, with a total of thirty victories. He was the first of the early Jasta 11 lads to die in combat. Only one of Jasta 11’s original stars survived WW I, Lothar von Richthofen. On this Sanke Card Schäfer is standing by an airplane with only a 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class on his tunic. It has been removed from a photo album.

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  • SANKE CARD Nr 525 - LEUTNANT OTTO HÖHNE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SANKE CARD Nr 525 – LEUTNANT OTTO HÖHNE

    SKU: 42-132

    $55.00

    This is a Sanke card of Otto Höhne (1895-1969). Höhne served in Jasta 2 under Oswald Boelcke and also in Jastas 1 and 59. He scored a total of six victories as a pilot. In WW II he rose to the rank of Generalmajor and was awarded the Knights Cross of the Iron Cross. In this photo he is shown seated. He is wearing his 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and his Prussian Pilot Badge. I once had the pleasure of meeting Höhne’s Son and gave him a similar postcard to what we offer today. The postcard was not mailed.

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    SANKE CARD Nr 538 VIZEFELDWEBEL SCHLEIFFER

    SKU: 42-158

    $50.00

    There is little that I know about this NCO. He was a pilot in a jasta and he was shot down in 1917 and became a POW until the end of the war. In this studio pose he is seen wearing the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and the Prussian Army Pilot badge. His shoulder strap can also be clearly seen. The postcard was not mailed.

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    SANKE CARD Nr 565 – LEUTNANT LEOPOLD ANSLINGER

    SKU: 42-116

    $55.00

    This is Sanke Card Nr 565 depicting Leutnant Leopold Anslinger (1891-1978). Anslinger was a double ace, scoring ten victories before the war’s end. It is an interesting pose as he is standing outdoors. While his Prussian Army Pilot Badge and 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class are quite evident, he is also wearing the Knight’s Cross with Swords of the Hohenzollern House Order, and the Austrian Order of the Crown 3rd Class with Swords pinned to his tunic. It makes for a wonderful uniform study. The postcard was not mailed.

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  • SANKE CARD OF BRITISH SOPWITH TRIPLANE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SANKE CARD OF BRITISH SOPWITH TRIPLANE

    SKU: 42-178

    $55.00

    This is a Sanke Card that shows a captured British Sopwith Triplane [The Germans weren’t the only ones to try a Triplane]. Sopwith, who also built the excellent Sopwith Camel designed this airplane. The obverse shows a Sopwith on the ground after having been captured. Two German ground crewmen are moving the airplane. The legend on the obverse is “Erbeuteter Englischer Sopwith-Dreidecker.” Interestingly, it features NO card number or mention of Sanke on the obverse. We only see mention of his firm’s name on the reverse. No writing appears on the reverse. The card is in excellent condition.

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  • SANKE POSTCARD Nr 381 - PLM WINNER WALTER HÖHNDORFF - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    SANKE POSTCARD Nr 381 – PLM WINNER WALTER HÖHNDORFF

    SKU: 38-1738

    $55.00

    Walter Höhndorff was an early winner of the PLM. His award came in July 1916. He flew in several squadrons, including Jasta 1, 14, and 14. His total tally of confirmed victories was twelve. He was killed while testing an airplane in September 1917. He is seen here wearing a feldbluse. On his tunic we see the 1914 Iron Cross 1st Class and his PLM. This postcard was removed from a photo album.

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  • THIRD REICH LUFTWAFFE - POSTCARD - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    THIRD REICH LUFTWAFFE – POSTCARD

    SKU: 42-34

    $20.00

    This is a Third Reich era aviation postcard. It shows the Luftwaffe in the early days. We see a flight of training airplanes. It features a song with words that became the Luftwaffe’s anthem during WW II. It is titled “Wir fahren gegen Engeland!”

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  • TWO FRENCH CHILDREN - AIRPLANE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    TWO FRENCH CHILDREN – AIRPLANE

    SKU: 42-40

    $15.00

    This color postcard shows two young French children riding on an airplane. The postcard was mailed in France in 1915.

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  • USA - FRENCH TROOPS - CRASHED AIRPLANE - Imperial German Military Antiques Sale

    USA – FRENCH TROOPS – CRASHED AIRPLANE

    SKU: 42-01

    $20.00

    This postcard has two views of a crashed aircraft. The event has just taken place, as smoke is coming from the ruined airplane. Also in the two views are U.S. and French troops and some civilians.

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