Munich Feldherrnhalle | 1930

 

When: October 19th, 1930
From: Munich, Germany
To: Dolany u Klatov, Czechoslovakia
Language: Czech
Found: Prague, Czech Republic
Text: “I don’t know if I sent you my new address, so here it is once again…”
Note: I find this one interesting because this photo was taken and postcard sent about a decade before this monument, which was an important symbol of Nazi identity, was destroyed as a result of the Hitler’s Beer Hall Putsch
It was rebuilt and you can visit it today.
I was recently in Munich visiting a friend. It turns out that we stayed 2 blocks away from where the sender of this card lived!
As a bonus, I included a picture of Kiki in front of the Feldherrnhalle.
I am not a native speaker of Czech, so if you have a better translation, let me know.

New York Rockefeller Center | 1972

When: July 26th, 1972

From: New York, USA
To: Prague, Czechoslovakia
Found: Prague Czech Republic
Text: “Hello Dears! Your last letter was sent on the 20th of June and now here’s our answer. We still haven’t heard from you. Why aren’t you writing. We would love to hear from you.”
Note: I found this postcard after binge-watching the entire series 30 Rock. It’s also fun seeing a postcard sent from very capitalist USA to very communist Czechoslovakia. I wonder if this postcard went through tight security at either end.
I am not a native Czech speaker, so if you have a better translation, let me know.

Hallstatt, Austria | 1933

From: Hallstatt, Austria
To: Paradubice, Czechoslovakia
When: July 8th, 1933
Found: Prague, Czech Republic
Text: “Heartfelt regards with memory”
Translation input from Jakub Pesek.
Note: Hallstatt has a special place in my heart because it was the place where I realized I was going to marry Kiki, my then girlfriend. It’s her birthday this week and we have been married for almost 3 years now. If you have never been, it is touristy but breathtakingly gorgeous.
This was sent from a post-imperial Austria right about when the Nazis were taking power.
I am not a native speaker of Czech. If you have a better translation, please let me know.

Vienna, Austria | 1942

When: 1942
From: Vienna, Austria
To: Stuttgart, Germany
Language: German
Found: Tübingen, Germany
Text: “Dear Irmgard,  our group got a three day holiday and we’re spending it in Vienna. Unfortunately, all the theaters, operas, etc were sold out. But, in spite of that, there’s still a lot of see. Vienna is really quite beautiful, but quite expensive. I’ll write you again soon. That’s all for today, Erich”
Translation help from Bella Boga and Sarah Binder
Note: The Feldpoststempel is what caught my eye. This was sent from a German soldier who was in Vienna. He did what any young, self respecting nazi lance corporal would do with time off, he went sight seeing! The Votivkirche, as seen on the front of this card, was damaged during the war.
I tried to find out what happened to the sender of this card, Erich Spohn. If my googling was correct, it looks like he survived the war, got married, had some kids, and just recently passed away in January.
This one was sent to Irmgard, who we saw in this post here which was before the war.

Budapest, Hungary | 1972

When: 1972
From: Budapest, Hungary
To: Reutlingen, Germany
Found: Tübingen, Germany
Text: “Dear Brigette! It’s beautiful here and we arrived just fine. Yesterday, we went on a city tour and then spent the evening partying. Today, we are going to Esztergom. There’s a beautiful nature park there. Oh, and thanks for your card from Kamten(?).”
Note: I found a lot of cards from this person to her friend Brigette. It looks like they traveled a lot and really enjoyed sending each other postcards. It will be fun to see this friendship develop, even though it is one sided.
I included a picture I took of the same bridge on the card. It looks the same except for the cars!
I am not a native speaker of German, so if you have a better translation, let me know.

Amsterdam, the Netherlands | 1924

When: August 2, 1924
From: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
To: Bopfingen, Germany
Found: Tübingen, Germany
Text: n/a
Note: Amsterdam is a great city to visit. This one does not have a lot of text on it, and the text it has, I can’t really read. The picture on this card is from the Leliegracht, right around the corner from the house which would be occupied by the Franks in just a couple years.
Also, it looks like the sender stayed at the Victoria Hotel Amsterdam, which was pretty fancy place to stay, and is still there to this day.

Milano, Italy | 1939

When: August 2, 1939
From: Milano, Italy
To: Weingarten, Germany
Found: Tübingen, Germany
Text: “Dearest Irmgard! Everything is lovely here and we are go to see the sites of Milano. We will arrive at Isny Tuesday evening. I will try to com direct to Weingarten Tuesday at about 5 pm to arrange with you. We will stay at Isny Tues and Wednesday nights and come to Ravensburg Thursday. Please write to Deutsch Haus. Louis.”
Note: I haven’t been to Milano, but I thought this was interesting because it is a dialogue between friends, internationally, just before the start of WW2. I wonder what happened to this friendship within a month of this card being sent.