100th Anniversary of the First World War - Gregorčič, Borojević SI

100th Anniversary of the First World War - Gregorčič, Borojević

Towards the end of the nineteenth century, picture postcards became a means of communicating and exchanging greetings and other brief messages. Picture postcards depicted towns, squares and sights of interest around the country. The communicative power of postcards did not escape the attention of the military authorities during the First World War, with the result that picture postcards now became an effective element of propaganda, used to strengthen patriotic feelings. Well-known artists were commissioned to produce designs for postcards, among them notable Slovene artists such as Anton Koželj, Ivan Vavpotič, Hinko Smrekar and Maksim Gaspari. Slovene war postcards, which frequently included lines from Slovene poets and various national motifs, were printed as part of an extensive series called "War in Pictures".

 

In 2016 we mark the 110th anniversary of the death of the Slovene poet Simon Gregorčič. His portrait, together with that of Baron Svetozar Boroević von Bojna, the commander of the Austro-Hungarian Fifth Army (later renamed the Isonzo Army), charged with defending the trenches of the Isonzo (Soča) Front (1915–1917), is one of the best-known symbols of the battles fought on this front. The latter owes part of its place in the historical memory of the Slovenes to the prophetic lines penned by Gregorčič in his poem Soča. The postcard, by Anton Koželj, was published as number 97 in the "War in Pictures" series. Lines from Gregorčič's poem appear on the reverse.

 Petra Svoljšak

Technical Details

Issue Date: 16.11.2016
Designer: 1FORMA
Printer: Agencija za komercijalnu djelatnost d.o.o., Zagreb, Croatia
Process: Offset
Colours: 4
Values: €0.45