Dochiarou Monastery, Greece | 1987

When: February 20, 1987
From: Dochiarou Monastery, Greece
To: Thessaloniki, Greece
Found: Thessaloniki, Greece
Language: English
Text: Dear Joseph, my letter I wrote to you 3 weeks ago didn’t  arrive I guess. I hope this is the right address since I gave it to my mother and Grandmother to write to! I will be coming to Thessaloniki probably in a week to try ato find an apartment. I have a couple people asking for me, including Father Thanasy at St Haralambos church. I’ll stay there 2-3 days to see if I can find anything (I’ll call Ioanni Reizis too. Do you know him?) I’ll check University bulletin boards too. If I have no luck, I’ll return to Athos, I guess to wait and try again. You mentioned that Father Savas could teach me koine Greek – what would he charge  per hour if I took lessons 3-4 times per week? Would he want to do this? If you hear of anyone needing a roomate (or the church dormitories?) let me know when I come! I’ll try to get permission to stay at the kanaki in Thess. for a few days. I’ll feel better when I’m settled in finally! Thanks Joseph, Daniel
Note: This card was found on a recent trip to Greece. I was visiting my dear friends Josef and Euphrosini, who recently moved to Thessoloniki.
I was looking at postcards and this one caught my eye, simply because I could read it, unlike the other ones. I said the recipients name outloud and Josef immediately snatched the card from my hands.
It turns out that Josef knows Joseph Chaffee, a local priest. In fact, father Chaffee helped him and Euphrosini find a place to live when they first arrived in Greece.
Josef, bought this postcard and is going to return it to it’s former owner.

Salzburg, Austria | 1935


When: August 6, 1935
From: Salzburg, Austria
To: Germany!
Found: Tübingen, Germany
Language: German
Text: I am sending you the best greetings from Salzburg. I bought this card in Berchtesgaden yesterday. Your loved Dr. Reigersberg.
Note: If you ever get the chance to go to Salzburg, go. It is fantastic. People have been apreciating it’s beauty for a long time.
I am not a native German speaker, so if you have a better translation, let me know.

Cleveland, Ohio USA | 1965

When: February 10, 1965
From: Clevland, Ohio USA
To: Krakow, Poland
Found: Krakow, Poland
Language: Polish
Text: Dear Jacek,
This card depicts the view from under that same bridge that was visible on the last card. From all directions, you can see that tall building, in which you can find nice offices, and under which the train station is located. Have you received all the postcards that I sent you? When I get back, I’ll tell you more.
Kisses to you and Mommy,
Steadfastly yours,
Note: Thanks to my friend Sam for bringing this one to me and translating it! Just a normal trip to Ohio. I like that this father is telling his kid about the nice offices. How exciting! 😀
Sam is not a native Polish speaker, so if you have a better translation, let me know.

Vienna, Austria | 1941


When: June 30, 1941
From: Vienna, Austria
To: Stuttgart, Germany
Found: Tübingen, Germany
Text: Dear Tini,
I arrived in Vienna at 3 o’clock today. Early tomorrow, around 10:25, I am continuing on to Budapest. Vienna is a beautiful city, but in spite of that, I can never forget Stuttgart. I’ll be thinking of you as I continue on tomorrow.
Sweet kisses,
Note: Even during war, international love was in the air. Viktor is not a soldier (there would be a feldpost stamp, so I wonder what he was doing during the middle of WW2. Due to several spelling and grammatical errors, I assume that Viktor was Hungarian and not a native German speaker.
I am not a native German speaker, so if you have a better translation, let me know.

Paris, France | 1900


When: October 25th, 1900

From: Paris, France
To: Stuttgart, Germany
Found: Stuttgart, Germany
Language: German
Text: Dear Em! We have had luck so far and haven’t been run over yet and we are finding it quite nice! Tonight, we would like to see [something]. Best regards from E.
[And on the side]: Lyrano was wonderful yesterday!
Note: This is the oldest card I have bought! I particularly like the handwriting on the back.
I am not a native German speaker, so if you have a better translation, please let me know.

Brno, Hlavni Nadrazi | 1940

When: July 16th, 1940
From: Brno, Czechoslovakia
To: Detinice, Czechoslovakia
Found: Prague, Czech Republic
Text: I forgot to translate the text and can’t read it from the photo. If you can, let me know.
Note: Brno doesn’t look much different today! Maybe a little more graffiti! This was sent during the German occupation.
I have been to both Brno and Detinice. If you are ever in the tiny town of Detinice, there is a fun kitschy medieval themed restaurant that serves meat by the platter and they brew their own beer (well, contract it out at least).
I am not a native Czech speaker, so if you have a better translation, let me know.

Firenze, Italy | 1947

When: November 15, 1947
From: Firenze, Italy
To: Stuttgart, Germany
Found: Tübingen, Germany
Text: “…”
Note: I previously found postcards sent to Irmgard and this is the third place that she had moved to. The others I have found were from before the war, and this one is from after the war. I am hoping to find some sent to her during the war.
Previous cards sent to Irmgard: