Catalog number 002 – Preventorio C, former seminar

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August 11, 1938

Source:, lot CT010

Improvised postcard from SIM’s Preventorio C, in Barcelona Seminar, Diputació 231 (see La Vanguardia, Oct 5, 1937, page 7). The sender’s address is ‘Muntajer 55 bajos’ in Barcelona, this is, SIM’s post office in the city where correspondence to labor camps or ‘preventorios’ had to be addressed, to be redirected to the prisoners wherever they were. Franked with Edifil 749 and Barcelona local surcharge stamp Edifil 19. Roller postmark with unreadable date, but text on the back dated on Aug 11, 1938. Handwritten mark ‘C’ with red pencil for ‘Censura’. The text fits the strict instructions for SIM’s detainees: text with 20 words. The sender asks the reply to have the same length.

Transcription of the text:

Barelona, 11 agosto 1938. Sin noticias tuyas. Escribe veinte palabras postal. Mándame calcetines, calzoncillos, papel retrete y 25 pts. giro postal. Abrazos, Pepe. Remitente José González Juan, Preventorio C. Prisiones Militares. Muntaner 55 bajos.

Translation of the text:

Barcelona, August 11, 1938. No news from you. Send post card with twenty words. Send socks, underpants, toilet roll, and 25 pts through money order. Hugs, Pepe. Sender: José González Juan, Preventorio C. Military Prisons. Muntaner 55 bajos.