Printing Museum opening reception: Postcards from the Trenches: Germans and Americans Visualize the Great War

Courtesy photo

August marked the centenary of World War I. To commemorate its outbreak and its legacy, Irene Guenther, history professor in the Honors College, University of Houston, and Marion Deshmukh, professor of history and art history at George Mason University, curate this fascinating exhibition.

The exhibit will center on ordinary soldiers, who often conveyed their experiences through field postcards, blank postcards distributed to soldiers at the war front on which they corresponded with their loved ones at home. While some soldiers wrote about their ordeal, others painted or drew their experiences.

The exhibition will commemorate the centennial of World War One and its soldiers through words and images, sometimes created by hand, sometimes pressed in limited numbers, and often times printed by the thousands — mass-produced by governments, printers, music companies and shops of all kinds; handmade, photographed, or purchased by loved ones on the home front; and hand-painted, sketched, etched into metal, carved into woodblocks, or superimposed on pre-printed cards by soldiers, who described the conflict as godless, hopeless and mechanized terror.

On view through Feb. 4, 2014



The Printing Museum
1324 W. Clay St.
Houston, TX 77019


Admission is free.
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