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3 Antique Postcards Switzerland Military Frontiers 1915 Wwi Swiss Neutrality For Sale
Photos 1 & 2 - Fronts and backs of three antique Swiss postcards commemorating the Occupation of the Frontiers during World War I - All published by Georges Jaeger of Geneva
Photo 3 - Happy New Year card showing mother, two children and grandfather waving to parade of passing Swiss soldiers, probably including the father - Back reads Souvenir de L'occupation Des Frontieres
Photo 4 - Scene showing Swiss soldiers at the frontier with flag dated 1915 - Inset of three people and date of 1291 is symbolic of the first Swiss confederation - Back has same inscription as previous with 1915 date
Photo 5 - Scene of wounded French soldiers boarding aRed Cross train with nurses and a Swiss guard - Back reads "Passage en Suisse des Grands Blesses Francais" with 1915 and the city names Constance, Zurich, Berne, Fribourg, Lausanne, Geneve, Lyon
During World War I, from 1914-1918, Switzerland maintained its neutrality, but sent many soldiers to occupy their northwestern frontiers near the border between France and Germany, to prevent the hostilities from spreading into their territory. The French-speaking and German-speaking populations of Switzerland naturally had divided allegiances, and many cards were produced promoting unity and peace. I will be listing several other lots of Swiss cards from the same period over the next week or so.