Home

Collection RC0899 - Paper soldiers and battle scenes collection

Title and statement of responsibility area

Title proper

Paper soldiers and battle scenes collection

General material designation

Parallel title

Other title information

Title statements of responsibility

Title notes

Level of description

Collection

Reference code

RC0899

Edition area

Edition statement

Edition statement of responsibility

Class of material specific details area

Statement of scale (cartographic)

Statement of projection (cartographic)

Statement of coordinates (cartographic)

Statement of scale (architectural)

Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)

Dates of creation area

Date(s)

  • c.1890-c.1925 (Creation)

Physical description area

Physical description

16 printed sheets of graphical images

Publisher's series area

Title proper of publisher's series

Parallel titles of publisher's series

Other title information of publisher's series

Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series

Numbering within publisher's series

Note on publisher's series

Archival description area

Custodial history

Scope and content

Paper soldiers were a popular children’s entertainment or decoration beginning in the 1700s, rising to a height of popularity in the mid-19th century, before all but dying out after the Second World War. This small collection typifies the range of materials on offer from the late 1800s into the post First World War period from German printers (two of the companies were in Germany, the third was in the Alsace region, which at the time was under the rule of the German Kaiser). Some are printed on heavy card (soldaten auf karton, eg. item 1) while others on thin newsprint. There are examples of a number of styles, including simple cut-outs, others that could be glued together to create three-dimensional landscapes and objects, as well as black and white images for children to colour (eg. item 13). There is also one example of the scheibenbilder (target picture) style (item 16). German is always the first language on the sheets, but many included French and English, and some Italian and Spanish, showing the world-wide market for the material.

The Carl Joseph Scholz company of Mainz (founded 1793 and still in existence as of 2015) has a long history in both the printing industry and paper soldier manufacture. At one point their distribution of toy soldiers went as far East as Russian, and west to Great Britain and North America. The company stayed in the Scholz family at least until the Second World War.

Hohenstein & Lange operated in Berlin from 1876-1906. In 1898 the company became a joint-stock company and the inclusion of Druck und Verlag, Aktiengesellschaft Berliner Luzuspapier-fabrik vorm Hohenstein & Lang on item 11, date it to this later period.

There have been many iterations of Carl Burckardt’s original company, but they all maintained a variation of the name. The paper soldiers in this collection are all printed under the Druck u. Verlag v. C. Burckardt Nacht in Weissenburg (Elsass) imprint, which existed from 1890-1906.

Notes area

Physical condition

Immediate source of acquisition

The collection was donated by Edward Sternin (2015-036) in August 2015.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by company and chronologically within that.

Language of material

Script of material

Location of originals

Availability of other formats

Restrictions on access

There are no access restrictions.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Finding aids

Box G045
Scholz, Mainz

1. Germany Army Artillery Regiment. No. 425. [c. 1914]
2. Germany Army (Nr. 1K). Two copies. [c. 1925]
3. Astro-Hungarian Army. (Nr. 4K). [c. 1925]
4. Bulgarian Army (Nr. 8K). [c. 1925]
5. Russian Army. (Nr. 13K). [c. 1925]
6. Italian Army. (Nr. 14K). [c. 1925]
7. On the Battlefield. Sheet 1. No. 434. [c. 1925]
8. On the Battlefield. Sheet 3. No. 436. [c. 1925]
9. “Panorama of a Battle.” Kleiner Baumeister No. 93. The little Modelmaker. Two copies.

Hohenstein & Lange, Berlin
10. Gun with covering. No. 195. Geschütz mit Bespannung. Sheet 1. [c. 1890.]
11. Soldiers marching and cavalry. Geschütz mit Bespannung. Sheet 2 and 3. [c. 1898.]
12. Calvary and horses. Geschütz mit Bespannung. Sheet 4 and 5. [c. 1898.]

Druck u. Verlag v. C. Burckardt Nacht, Weissenburg
13. Germany Army. Prussian Infantry. Imagery to colour. No. 294. [c. 1900.]
14. Prussian army. Husars [sic]. No. 295. [c. 1900.]
15. Groups of soldiers. Imagery to colour. No. 513. [c. 1900.]
16. The Zebra. No. 1058. [c. 1900.]

Associated materials

Related materials

Accruals

Other notes

Alternative identifier(s)

Standard number area

Standard number

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Control area

Description record identifier

Institution identifier

Rules or conventions

Status

Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Language of description

Script of description

Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related places