This is a fine color postcard of König Friedrich II der Große (Frederick the Great, 1712-1786. He was the first of Prussia’s truly illustrious kings. He led his Kingdom through a critical 18th Century’s period (1740-1786). During his reign, he built the Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam, and also founded the Orden Pour le Mérite. This pose of “Der alte Fritz” comes from a painting by Anton Graf, done when Friedrich was sixty-eight-years-old (1772). He is wearing a Black Eagle Breast Star on his tunic. The postcard was not mailed.
MEMORIAL POSTCARD FOR KAISER FRIEDRICH III’S WIFE KAISERIN VICTORIA
This postcard is for the memory of Kaiser Friedrich II’s wife (Wilhelm II’s mother), Victoria, who died in 1901. He died of cancer in 1888. The photograph shows his marble effigy in his mausoleum. It is titled “Zur Erinnerung an die Beisetzung Ihrer hochseligen Majestät Kaiser in Friedrich im Mausoleum der Friedenskirche zu Potsdam” (In Memory of our highly blessed Majesty Empress Frederick’s Burial in the Peace Church Mausoleum at Potsdam). A message is written on the obverse. The reverse has an address and a postage stamp. The cancellation stamp is marked 1901.
I'm Kenneth (Ken) J. Greenfield, currently of New Port Richey, Florida, located on the West Coast of Florida in the Tampa Bay area. I started out as a collector of Imperial German Militaria, particularly items dealing with the Imperial German Air Service in the early 1960's. After more than forty years of avid collecting, I began to sell a few items to upgrade my collection and help finance my collecting "habit." I attended militaria shows, both to buy and sell. I wanted to spend more time at home and less traveling for the national companies that I had worked for; so, starting my own business seemed like an attractive alternative. I like nothing better than talking with others about militaria, and introducing newcomers to the joys of owning a "piece of history."