Fricker Leupolz World War I Postal Cards, 1915-1917 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
A collection of approximately 225 postal cards (Feldpostkarte, or field postcards) in German, sent by about 110 German soldiers to the mayor's office in their hometown of Leupolz in southern Germany. Subjects include updates on their whereabouts and the status of their health and those of comrades in their units, as well as casualties suffered; and thanks for gifts of food and other necessities received from the community, including a yearly Christmas gift of ten marks per soldier, often with instructions designating a recipient for the money at home, usually a family member. The mayor's office evidently organized this annual gift as well other donations, and served as a clearinghouse for news from the local servicemen.
A list of the senders as well as brief translated excerpts or descriptions of some of the cards is filed in the collection accession folder.