Many of Eastern Europeans may have heard a short and simple joke about a soldier who writes home starting his letter with the words: «Send me some lard. Hello, Mom!» It is difficult to say how old this joke is, but it definitely was relevant in ancient times as well. No matter how well a soldier is supplied, it always ain't enough for him, as the young body will be hungry most of the time, yet bumming others' cigarettes.
This phenomenon is international, but, perhaps, only pragmatic Germans have clothed help requests to their relatives in an artistic form. The Bundeswehr soldier himself did not have to write anything, it was enough to send a postcard in between. It is difficult to say who, when and where first came up with such an idea, but the four postcards presented below date back to the 1960s and 1970s.