Stoppelbein Family World War I Postal Cards, 1914-1918 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
The collection consists of nearly 200 postal cards (Feldpostkarte, or field postcards) and more than 30 letters addressed to the Stoppelbein family from more than 50 German soldiers during the First World War. The cards and letters, written in the Sütterlin script, convey thanks to the family for food and other gift packages sent to the front, report on the condition of mutual friends, provide accounts of battles, marches, and trench life, and occasionally comment on personal misery and the course of the war.
The collection also includes one photo of two women, possibly the Stoppelbein daughters, and a clipping of local police posed for a photograph. A list of senders along with translated excerpts is filed in the collection accession folder.