Brill’s Digital Library of World War I

Get access

(297 words)


Nearly 28 billion items were conveyed to and from the front by the German Army Postal Service during the First World War. Postcards above all were a favorite medium used by soldiers to maintain contact with the people at home. Since 1873 the postage for postcards had been half that for letters, and, since that date too, postcards produced by private companies had been permitted alongside official versions. They enabled a brief and moreover rapid greeting, as, in many major cities, post was delivered up to eleven times per working day, or conveyed by pneumatic means.

Furthermore, p…

Cite this page
Brandt, Susanne, “Postcards”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2015

▲   Back to top   ▲