Postcards Home from WWI
My great-grand-uncle Ernst Spielmann served overseas in France during WWI. Among my great-grandmother Margaret’s things, I found these postcards from him. At the time these were written, Ernst was about 25 years old.
Good boy that he was, he wrote first to his mother — no doubt anxious for news back home in New Jersey — to describe his living arrangements.
November 30th, 1918
November 30, 1918. “Hello Ma. This is a picture of the street I live on at present. The house where the cross is, is the barn I live in. I would give anything to have you here and see it for I know it would make you laugh. This is all for today so goodbye. Ernst”
Next, here’s one to great-grand-aunt Lillian.
The letter is not dated, but based on the ink and the other similar stamps, I think this postcard was probably mailed on the same day as the one to great-great-grandmother Fanny.
“Hello Lil. I heard from Bob today and he said he received a letter from you. I did not see him yet but we will meet at 237 – in about 3 months from now. How are you getting along at work. With love, Ernst”
At the time of the 1920 census, Lillian had a job as a “Cashier, Wholesale Hardware,” so maybe that is the work to which Ernst refers.
Finally, as if he was running out of steam or time, here is a short postcard to great-grandmother Margaret.
Postmarked December 4, 1918
“Regards from Ernst”