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"Lernt Deutschland kennen!" postcard collection

 Collection — Box: 1, Folder: 4
Identifier: MS-0837

Content Description

This collection includes seventy postcards created between 1930 and 1963. Each card measures 4 x 6 inches and is printed in black and white on one side only. The postcards were created as a part of the illustrated series titled "Lernt Deutschland kennen!” or “Get to know Germany,” in which each card features a photograph and short description of a town or landmark. The postcards include pre-printed stamps of Paul von Hindenburg, Adolf Hitler, and Martin Luther. Some cards, issued during the extent of the Third Reich, feature towns in modern-day Austria and Poland.


  • Creation: 1930-1963

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Contact Special Collections for more information. This collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical / Historical

This postcard series appears to have started in the late 1930s or early 1940s, when Paul von Hindenburg’s face was still used on German stamps. In 1941, new definitive stamps, with Adolf Hitler in profile, were issued, and a six penny stamp in this design is pre-printed on the majority of the cards in the present collection. The series must have been a feature of life in Germany at the time and beyond: the final postcard in the group, the only post-War card in the collection, features a fifteen penny stamp with Martin Luther dated 1963, which was first issued in 1961.

Biographical / Historical

There is currently no biographical or historical information available on the creator.


.167 Cubic Feet (1 legal sized folder)

Language of Materials



This collection includes postcards from a series titled "Lernt Deutschland kennen!" which depict images and descriptions of German towns and landmarks. The cards were created between 1930 and 1963 and are pre-printed with stamps of Paul von Hindenburg, Adolf Hitler, and Martin Luther.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Simon Beattie Rare Books in November 2018.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in December 2018 by Kristen Diehl.

Cultural context

Genre / Form

Guide to the "Lernt Deutschland kennen!" postcard collection
Kristen Diehl
2018 December
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA