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Eisbergfreistadt Postcards

Postcards from Eisbergfreistadt were among the most popular souvenirs from the giant iceberg that ran aground in Lübeck during the early 1920's. These postcards did not always picture the iceberg itself (although many did, such as 1, 6, 8 and 20); rather, what captured the public's imagination was the Eisbergfreistadt Post Office, a small wooden shack on the iceberg itself. Even to this day, postcards with the distinctive red Eisbergfreistadt frank (19) are much more sought by collectors than identical cards without (13). One of the most popular postcards featured a nude, tattooed singer from the Eisbergfreistadt cabaret theatre, who performed in Lübeck and, if conditions were favorable, on the iceberg itself (4, 7, 13, 19 and 23). Other popular images included zeppelins and surplus jenny biplanes that visitors traveled in to reach the iceberg (3, 8, 9, and 16).

October 1923