Thursday, 22 December 2011

Sent From . . .

. . . Germany to the UK in 1938.  So this would have been the last year of Christmas postcards for quite a number of years to come.  I have some Christmas postcards sent from Germany to the UK in 1949 which mention it being the first year that there are Christmas postcards again.  I don't know if there were any sent (possibly via neutral countries) in the intervening years.
The cancellation informs the reader that the telephone saves time and money.


  1. You'll need to educate me on why these were banned. I understand the time period but I'm not clear as to why these weren't allowed to be sent.

  2. I don't think they were banned as such, just that there would be no post between Germany and England during WW2 (as far as I am aware), and it was only looking at some postcards sent after the war that I saw in 1949 the sender was writing it was the first year to send Xmas postcards again. Why it was 4 years after the end of the war, I don't know, maybe it was just personally for the sender. I have read that during WW1 communication was possible England to Germany and vice versa if the mail went via a neutral country (eg Switzerland), I presume you wrote to an address there and the letter would be re-mailed, but I don't know if that was still possible in WW2. Sorry if I was unclear in the post.

  3. No, not unclear. I just need to rethink the dates and that the War started earlier for England than the States. I was just wondering if Hitler had something against Christmas, like Stalin, then I got befuddled over Aryan vs. Communist and theology.


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