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Italo-German Friendship/ Parade Flag and Italian Post Car

Article about: I picked up these items at an antique store in Albany, NY for a very reasonable price. Considering my Italian heritage, I'm pretty psyched about them. Interestingly enough, the post card has

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    I picked up these items at an antique store in Albany, NY for a very reasonable price. Considering my Italian heritage, I'm pretty psyched about them.

    Interestingly enough, the post card has a rubber stamp mark for a gentleman living in Albany, NY... perhaps he was the one who brought it back and wanted to mark it as his...?

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    Very cool Joe I like those congrats.

    Eric
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    i like also !!!!!!!

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    Thanks, folks! I speak Italian reasonably well... but I'm horrible at deciphering hand writing... so I am clueless on the post card.

    I've wanted a friendship flag for a while, so I am most excited about it! The finished edges makes me think that it was meant to be displayed just as you see it... I had wondered if it was an unfinished swatch of mini flags, or a handkerchief or something... I wonder if it's German or Italian made.

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    It's a 'one-piece', Joe. Don't attempt to cut it apart.
    Il Duce postcard is cool too.........!
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Quote by Walkwolf View Post
    It's a 'one-piece', Joe. Don't attempt to cut it apart.
    Il Duce postcard is cool too.........!
    No worries, Steve! I would never!

    When I first saw it I thought it may be unfinished, but once I got it home I saw that the edges were sewn/ finished.

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    I did some very basic research and it appears that this letter was sent from Pvt. Paolo Tortora on February 10, 1942 to a municipal gas company in Bologna, Italy... thanking them for a care package.

    Tortora was attached to an AntiTank unit ( "47/82", the standard light AT gun). 11th regiment, 2nd. company. Posta Militare #88.

    It also appears that PM #88 was on the eastern front!

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    Nice find. Rich A. in Pa.
    1969 Shelby GT-500 King of the Road
    Knowledge is power, guard it well.

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    Well done on an unusual find Joe ! Also well done with the research on the postcard , it makes it so much more personal and interesting
    REGARDS AL

    We are the Pilgrims , master, we shall go
    Always a little further : it may be
    Beyond that last blue mountain barred with snow
    Across that angry or that glimmering sea...

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    Quote by Alan M View Post
    Well done on an unusual find Joe ! Also well done with the research on the postcard , it makes it so much more personal and interesting
    Thanks, Alan! I'm very excited about the flag. I've wanted one for a while but they seem to be pretty rare. Most recently I saw one for sale on the Guild for ~$500

    Too bad the subject of the post card isn't a little more ... personal or exciting... BUT it just goes to show you how woeful the Italian supply system was. This soldato was dependant on a municipal gas company for care packages containing warm clothes, food, etc!

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