Montjuïc Castle, Preventorio A, stationery post card to Barcelona, 1938

Reference: CT123

Stationery post card Edifil 79 with mark "CASTILLO DE MONTJUIC / PRISIONES MILITARES". Sent by a prisoner in the castle, known as "Preventorio A". He mentions cell nr. 187. Unreadable postmark, but text dated on July 19, 1938.

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This post card is a clear example of the tight communication conditions that the Republican Servicio de Información Militar imposed upon prisoners while in certain detention centers, specially those called "Preventorios": only one post card per month was allowed wiht a maxumum of 20 words, as noted by Francesc Badia in his book "Els camps de treball a Catalunya durant la guerra civil (1936-1939), pages 143 & following.

The text reads:

Comunicación mensual 20 palabras.

No tengo autorización comida.

No admiten más ropa: únicamente unos calzoncillos.

PREOCUPAOS DE NUESTRA DEFENSA

Castillo de Montjuic, 19 Julio 1938.

Mis señas son:

Preventorio A

n1 187

Prisiones Militares

Muntaner, 55 bajos

BARCELONA

Translation;: "Monthly communication of 20 words. Food not authorized. No more clothes admitted: only a pair of socks. TAKE CARE OF OUR DEFENSE. Montjuïc Castle, July 19, 1938. Preventory A. Nr. 187. Military Prisons. Muntaner 55, floor. Barcelona".

On the front there is a mark "CASTILLO DE MONTJUIC / PRISIONES MILITARES". Muntaner 55 was the address used as mail office by SIM officials, and all correspondence addressed to prisoners had to be sent there, from where it was redirected to Preventories or Labor Camps.

Extremely rare piece.

See lots CT129 and CT130 for other post cards sent by this same prisoner. His identity has been disclosed thanks to the post card in lot CT130.