In the late 19th century, German soldiers and sailors could send letters of up to 60 g weight free of postage, if the envelope was marked “Soldatenbrief – Eigene Angelegenheit des Empfängers” (Soldier letter – personal for recipient).
During the Imperial period, the production of vignetten, or cinderellas, was initially limited by the production technologies of the time. The early period saw issues of basic design, but by the end of the period, multi-color, decorative issues became common and popular.
This set of postcards is untitled, and features a soldier and woman in a heart design. They were printed by Lederer & Popper, and bear the publisher’s set number 5673.
This set of postcards is entitled Stolzenfels am Rhein (Stozenfehls on the Rhine). They were printed by Regel & Krug, and bear the publisher’s set number 2592. They feature a German soldier with a wounded comrade and a woman.
This set of postcards is entitled Heute scheid ich (I’m leaving today). They were printed by Regel & Krug, and bear the publisher’s set number 2273. They feature a German soldier saying goodbye to a woman.