Collection of Twenty Original Picture Post-Cards Depicting African Colonial Troops in Action, 1935-36. ITALO-ETHIOPIAN WAR, Illustrators.

Collection of Twenty Original Picture Post-Cards Depicting African Colonial Troops in Action, 1935-36

Roma: Edizione d'Arte V.E. Boeri, [1935-37]. A dramatic and ornamental postcard series from the firm of V.E. Boeri, a prolific publisher of patriotic and political propaganda postcards during the Italian Fascist era. The cards (save two, which have related imagery) are stylized depictions of African infantry troops - mostly Somali and Eritrean - engaged in battle in Italy's war for colonial expansion in Ethiopia, generally known as the Second Italo-Ethiopian War. The conflict was sparked in late 1934 by a border clash between Italian colonial troops and Ethiopian Imperial forces at Walwal. The conflict quickly escalated, followed by the February, 1935 Italian invasion and culminating in the fall of Addis Ababa and the retreat of Emperor Haile Selassie in 1936. Sporadic clashes continued through 1942, punctuated by the "Addis Ababa massacre" of 1937, in which it has been estimated as many as 30,000 Ethiopian civilians were killed by Italian troops. These cards were intended to glorify the contributions of the various African Colonial battalions and were likely intended for a primarily North African market; several include Arabic text alongside the Italian. Various illustrators are credited, including Ferrari, D'Ercoli, Paschetto, Pisani, and La Monaca. Twenty original pictorial postcards, 1935-7. Four have been postally used, with colonial stamps and cancellations to verso; all have minor aging and wear, but generally a Very Good to Near Fine grouping.

Price: $750.00

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