12-22-2015 12:14 PM
Thank you Wim for this great source material, always welcome and appreciated. Very interesting information.
Larry, thank you for the kind comments, I am happy to introduce some pieces that few have ever seen, this thread is only great because of the input and interest of many of the members here who kindly reached out and added breadth and depth to a little know subject.
What a grand old place, I can see why you find it appealing, it looks as if the place is suspended in time, except for the semi-modern telephones.
I thought you had perhaps found a cache of early NS literature on your visit to Vienna.
A Fritz Lang fan too! Nice! I just watched "Man Hunt" a few weeks ago on Netflix, great film.
Truly like the pin. Very nice.
Welcome aboard and thank you for adding an absolutely wonderful, and historically significant piece of ephemera for our viewing pleasure! Quite possibly, the earliest Hitler-DAP/NSDAP related item I've ever seen.
For those members unaware, Ian is a historian, writer, journalist, and wears several other hats. He has authored a very fair share of WW2 military history books, best-sellers actually, including "The Women Who Knew Hitler: The Private Life of Adolf Hitler" and "Nazi Gold: The Sensational Story of the Worlds Greatest Robbery" He is very knowledgeable and a collector as well and I am very pleased he chose to join the WRF, as he has a lot to bring to the table IMO.
Well this postcard is really something special, thank goodness it survived the Kampfzeit and the War.
A.H.'s signature changed a great deal over the next decades, with this style very close to his signed paintings before the Great War. Interestingly, he signs on the nearly blank side, in large bold and I might add easy to read script. Not much later on, he writes like a physician with a hang-over in all of his correspondences. Ian, since you are wanting to identify some of the other signatures on the card, I suggest you create your own thread around the card. The card might get more exposure that way.
Hitler writes "Our State Party 'Day' 7.8.9. Aug. 20 (1920) A.Hitler"
The following photo shows A.H. at this very convention. It's odd to see a photo of Hitler kneeling, seemingly insignificant in the middle of a group shot. I believe that's Dietrich Eckhart next to Hitler, but I'm not certain.
The second photo is of Rudolf Jung, one of the founders of the DNSAP, first in Sudetenland and then Austria. Many history books omit the fact that Hitler did not create National Socialism, but "borrowed" it from the DNSAP of Austria! Hitler traveled into Austria quite often between 1921-23 giving speeches and networking.
The postcard/poster reprint from the 1940s of a 1922 National Socialist poster announcing a speaking engagement featuring Jung, Hitler, and Dr. Riehl in Austria. Portions were blurred out for some reason.
Finally, the DNSAP banner, displayed several months before Hitler's NSDAP design.
Last edited by Marcus Vaughn; 12-24-2015 at 10:27 PM.
Donnerwetter. Very interesting, indeed. Many thanks. Marvelous item.