The German painter Carl Robert Arthur Thiele (1860–1936) was very popular at the beginning of the 20th century. He painted countless puppies, dwarfs, chickens and cupids for Easter and Christmas cards, and children’s books. But the war began, and totally different characters and themes were in demand.
Nowadays, there are several beautiful and full of humour postcard series painted by Mr Thiele which are well known amongst deltiologists, as postcard collectors are called. They depict various aspects of the life of soldiers on the front (Soldatenleben) and in the rear (Hinter der Front), on leave (Auf Urlaub) and in occupied territories. The final set of cards named “We are barbarians” or in German “Wir Barbaren” was created to prove that German soldiers in France and Belgium are not looters or rapists at all, but the best helpmates of locals who can look after kids and plow a field.
Today’s article is devoted to postcards which were published in Leipzig in 1916. Maybe we will also discus other postcard series in our next articles. The title of today’s set can be literally translated as “Caught and Captured” (“Erwischt und Gefangen”). It includes eight postcards, some of them have humorous rhymes on their back side.