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German Propaganda postcard


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Many thanks to Leeds Andy for his help in resizing.

This is the rear view of the postcard.

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Hof, den 19. Februar 1915.

Lieber Fritz!

Beim fröhlichen zusam-

men sitzen gedenken

wir an dich.

Roughly:

Dear Fritz,

Having a jolly get-together and thinking of you.

This is followed by D. tr. (your faithful) illegible!

Then a line where I can't make out much at all - possibly friends' names? - ends with Emil

Bruder Karl

Three more signatures Sch???, N??ung, H.Funck

Then the darker ink at the bottom:

Hast du meinen Brief auch abgegeben, habe noch

keine Nachricht. Lehmann

Did you actually post my letter? I haven't had any news yet. Lehmann

At the top and upside-down is the Absender (sender's details), but can't make much of it. A higher-res scan would help if possible!

Adrian

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Hi Adrian

If you PM me your E-mail address I'll send the high res one for you.

Regards

andy

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Hi Adrian

If you PM me your E-mail address I'll send the high res one for you.

Regards

andy

Aw, I wanted to say that, goes into corner and sucks thumb!

Thanks very much for the answer so far Adrian, Andy actually did the hard work on the pics for me!

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Aw, I wanted to say that, goes into corner and sucks thumb!

Thanks very much for the answer so far Adrian, Andy actually did the hard work on the pics for me!

Go on then you send him it being as it is your post card :lol:

and we wouldn't want you to sulk :P

andy

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Go on then you send him it being as it is your post card :lol:

and we wouldn't want you to sulk :P

andy

Thanks for the offer Andy, but as I had so many problems with sending the pics to you, I defer to your expertise. Anyway I shall leave work shortly to go and have a large glass of chilled German Franken wine as the weather here (Erlangen near Nuremberg) is very spring like.

Cheers,

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Thanks for the offer Andy, but as I had so many problems with sending the pics to you, I defer to your expertise. Anyway I shall leave work shortly to go and have a large glass of chilled German Franken wine as the weather here (Erlangen near Nuremburg) is very spring like.

Cheers,

Some people have all the luck, got 90 minutes left in work then I have to go home and start marking exam papers for an hour or two. So I will have to leave the mead alone tonight, or there could be some very strange grades given out in the morning :lol:

Enjoy the wine

Regards

Andy

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Hang on, Andy! Is that just an enlargement of the original scan you sent me? I zoom in and it's all dots. Not that much easier to deciper at all.

Who's got the original card? tjec? Could you scan it at the highest resolution your scanner can handle, in colour, and mail the image to me at ? Then I can apply all my contrast, negative and colour separation tricks!

Thanks

Adrian

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Hi Adrian

Opps, Sorry yes it was just a larger version. tjec has the original card.

Sorry again

Andy

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Hang on, Andy! Is that just an enlargement of the original scan you sent me? I zoom in and it's all dots. Not that much easier to deciper at all.

Who's got the original card? tjec? Could you scan it at the highest resolution your scanner can handle, in colour, and mail the image to me at apwright@otenet.gr ? Then I can apply all my contrast, negative and colour separation tricks!

Thanks

Adrian

Thanks for the offer Adrian,

Card is at home, will bring to work in the morning and do as you say.

Regards,

Norman

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Hi Adrian

Opps, Sorry yes it was just a larger version. tjec has the original card.

Sorry again

Andy

Are you sure you have not been on the Mead already?

Hic!

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No But I feel like I should start :lol:

Andy

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OK, chaps. No problem.

Norman, I'll PM you my email addy and delete it from the thread - you never know who may be watching!

Save some mead for me! :P

Adrian

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Got it all now (thanks Norman!), but it's nothing of really outstanding interest.

Continuing the message at "D. tr." we have:

D. tr. Elise --- [Deine treue Elise = your faithful Elise]

Herzlichster Gruß, dein Bruder Emil --- [Warmest regards, your brother Emil]

Bruder Karl --- [brother Karl]

and the three sigs: Schaur, Neung and H.Funck (a cousin?)

The sender must be the aforementioned Elise:

Abs. E. Strunz, Hof

Sophienstr. 33

The card was originally addressed to

Torpedo-Obermatrose

Fritz Funck

II. Torpedo-Division

I. Komp.

Kiel

but was redirected to torpedo boat S.167 in Halbflottille Nordsee (but you knew that already!)

A pic of S.167 can be found here

I wonder if they ever got married...

Adrian

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Adrian,

I translated the other side of the card, but you got in first on this side. I do a lot of transcription/translation of German manuscript material and just wanted to congratulate you on a splendid job.

Mick

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Hi Mick,

Thanks very much for the praise! I can feel my head swelling already :D

But please don't hesistate to criticise, too. I don't want to tread on your (or anybody else's) toes!

I studied German back in the 80s and still work as a translator, but the old German handwriting is largely self-taught. When I was living in Stuttgart (88-92) my landlord had a stash of old papers in the celler - which I used to (try to) read when I went down to relight the boiler. The papers where documents, postcards and diaries relating to his father's service before and during the Great War, and his uncle's service at Tsingtao and subsequent imprisonment in Japan. Fascinating stuff. I wish now I'd photocopied it! <_<

Thanks again.

Regards,

Adrian

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Gentlemen,

Thanks fo your help, the message was maybe not so exciting in the end, but I thought the topic on the front of the card was very interesting.

As for my limited German, zu essen und zu trinken, ist kein Problem für mich.

Prost.

Norman

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