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The Lillian Friedberg World War II Era Postcard Collection

This Web site contains sixty-two postcard images (1933-1945) from the Friedberg Papers. Lillian A. Friedberg (1897-1978) was known for her leadership and participation in community organizations in the Pittsburgh area, such as the Jewish Community Relations Council, National Council of Jewish Women, and Allegheny County Council on Civil Rights, among others.

The earliest postcards, those from the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair, depict a world full of promise and prosperity, despite being set during the nation’s worst depression. The later postcards, all pertaining to World War II, tell a much different story through propaganda generated by the British Royal Air Force, French Resistance, and the Nazi regime. We encourage you to browse the postcards by selected themes.

The Papers of Lillian A. Friedberg, 1904-1975 (AIS 2000:04) are available for research use at the Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh. The records, spanning 1904 to 1975, contain Friedberg's correspondence, newspaper clippings, educational material, war publications, and records regarding her involvement in Jewish organizations in the Pittsburgh area.

This online collection is hosted by the University of Pittsburgh's Digital Research Library. Citation URL: