My POSTCARDS & COVERS
The following two postcards are Michel P78 postcards They are distinquishable by the single green 5Rpf Germania pre-printed stamp and the word "Postkarte" in the top left. The cards also have a watermark and 4 dotted address lines together with a solid address line beneath the third dotted line.
The first card was cancelled on the train from Ilmenau to Erfurt on 25th Jun 1909, train No. 871 and was destined for the town of Rauenstein in Thurungia. Rauenstein is well known for it's hiking, cycling, scenic mountain views and porcelain industry.
This second postcard was also sent to Rauenstein from Ilmenau, this time on 5th Jun 1908, again by the same bahnpost. On this occassion there is an arrival cancellation applied in Rauenstein on the following day, the 6th Jun 1908.
8th Sep 1908
This postcard shows a group of soldiers horsing around in a stable. The German text reads "Soldatenleben, ja, das heisst lustig sein!!" - 'Soldier's life, yes, that means being funny !!'. The text also reads "Deutsche Vaterlandsverteidiger im Manöver - Massenquartier" - 'German fatherland defenders in the maneuver - Massenquartier'.
'Ja, das heisst lustig sein!!'
This was a privately issued card and the reverse indicates that it was printed by 'Verlag A. Franz, Leipzig, Tauchaerstrasse 32'. The card has a 5RPf adhesive stamp that was cancelled in the town of Auma in Thurungia on 8.9.08.