German SIG #Germany Re: Unusual WWI Postcard #germany
naomi rosenthal <naomiro999@...>
My grandfather was a German soldier in WWI, and I have many military
postcards (with the inscription Feldpostkarte) >from that time, as well
as postcards written before the war by my grandfather in Hamburg to my
grandmother in Frankfurt >from 1898 until they married in 1906. >from these
I can tell you the following:
1) Postcards in Germany during that time had stamps >from both sending and
2) Besides the dates, the stamps had other numbers on them, and my guess is
that these referred to the stamping post offices.
3) Military Feldpostkarten did not usually have postage stamps but were
only stamped, also when sent to civilians. I'm guessing this was more
convenient than carrying delicate postage stamps in the field.
There were many, many, war wounded, and there were probably not enough
military hospitals to accommodate them all, so they might also have been
placed in regular hospitals. The notice on the wall referring to the
care of war wounded would not have been necessary if the entire hospital
was for the military. Also, the photo shows a notice on the wall with
a cross on it, so I doubt it was a Jewish hospital.
Can't help with the old script. If you don't get help here,
the Suetterlinstube in Hamburg will transcribe.
Naomi M Rosenthal Berkeley, CA, US naomiro999@...
Author of Lina's Love (pre-WWI German postcards) and Searching for
Hugo (WWI German correspondence)
Jeffrey Knisbacher <j2456@...> wrote:
Subject: Unusual WWI Postcard >from Berlin to Linz, Austria on Viewmate
--help requested in reading the German and overall analysis
Actually, my first question is whether this card really is unusual?
Do any of you researchers have anything similar or have you seen
anything similar? <snip>
Here are the three URLs to see the three different views of the card: