So much so,
that starting collectors often have to choose a specific genre of cards
in order to keep their collection from running away with them….
That’s what postcards were really all about —
— keeping in touch,
but not having to sit down and write a letter.
One very interesting variety of postcards are called ‘correspondence cards’,
Considering the possible choices that might be called for,
you might imagine that there were an amazing variety of themes manufactured,
…… and you’d be right.
There were over 100 companies engaged in printing them at one time in the United States alone.
Of these, Curt Teich was the largest,
but there were all kinds of companies,
large and small, publishing them.
And though technically not made to go through the mails,
the Western Union ones were just the tip of the iceberg,
as far as correspondence cards go.
A lot of servicemen would send correspondence cards during World War II,
…. to jot off a note to the folks at home,
or an important significant other ….
Under the heading ” Hi There “,
….. the soldier could then check who he was sending it to:
Mom and Pop
Ya Big Palooka
Under the heading ” I Object To “:
Detail Work ( cleaning, KP, etc. )
Our Top Kick ( a non-commissioned officer in charge of a unit)
Our Shave Tail ( an inexperienced commissioned officer )
Getting Up Early ( well, of course!)
Under the heading ” What I Need Is “:
Cabbage, Plenty ( Cash)
A Good Long Sleep ( usually at a premium )
Lots o’ Lovin’ ( not much of that to be had on a military base )
Relief ( that could mean almost any kind of relief, mind you )
A Woman ( and why not, I ask you? )
It seems to me those choices are all pretty much related, but still….
The options would often be the most entertaining part of the card,
…. especially considering
they were in the special serviceman’s parlance of the era.
since it was certainly more difficult to unintentionally convey classified information while using one–
which was certainly a concern.
cues as to where and when a soldier might be sailing,
where he was stationed, etc, were kept to a minimum with these cards.
……………….. but also workers in war related industries —
and even servicemen’s families.
And after the war, the popularity of the cards did not initially wane,
— because people had grown accustomed to their convenience and ease of use.
people don’t use the mail services to keep in touch like they used to.
During the WW II era,
and for years before and after,
long distance phone calls were expensive
and sometimes a phone was not readily available —
So these cards did fit a very specific need —
….. and they speak to a time when things were simpler,
in terms of technology,
and in terms of necessity.
I love em —
They’re certainly always fun to find among a pile of old postcards.
PS: My friend Katie did a post back in May that featured very funny correspondence parodies —
I personally like the “Declaration of Romantic Intent “- it’s perfect !!!!! 😀
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