Stromovka, Prague | Date Unknown

 

When: Unknown

From: Stromovka Park, Prague, Czech Republic

To: NA

Found: Prague, Czech Republic

Text: “Greetings from the main restaurant in Stromovka!”

Note: This postcard, although old, did not have any writing on it unfortunately. It is from a beautiful park in Prague called Stromovka, named after the multitude of trees (strom = tree). There is infrastructure and a beautiful old fairgrounds with some murals from Mucha from a world exposition in the early 1900’s. I found this postcard just after seeing this chateau for the first time. What stuck out to me is that, even though the chateau is still there and there is still a “restaurant” there, the chateau is in disrepair and the restaurant is a sausage and beer stand. It was just cool to me to see what this beautiful building looked like in it heyday.

Karlovy Vary / Karlsbad, Czechoslovakia | 1947?

When: August 1st, 1947?
From: Karlovy Vary, Czechoslovakia
To: Horni Briza u Plzne
Found: Prague, Czech Republic
Text: “Dear Fanda, Thanks for you letter. My Christmas was good. It was really chilly here. School is ok. Tell all my friends at my old school that I said hi. I hope to see you soon.”
Note: I found this card a little sad. It is from a little boy to his friend after his family moved to a different city. He misses his friends and is letting them know that he is still thinking about them.
I believe the building featured is the Grand Hotel Pupp, which is a pretty fun name to say. It was also the inspiration for the Wes Anderson film, The Grand Hotel Budapest. We went there to get a drink but we were not fancy enough.
I am not a native speaker of Czech, so if you have a better translation, let me know.

Warnemünde, Germany | 1945?

When: July 25th, 1945?
From: Ostseebad Warnemünde, Germany
To: Prague, Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia
Found: Prague, Czech Republic
Text: I can’t quite read/understand this text, but it is from a grandfather to his family saying that he is doing ok and that he would like them to send him bread.
Note: I do not find the origin of this card particularly interesting, but I do find it interesting to get a window into the life of a displaced Czech national in Germany during the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia (Notice that the country is listed as “Protektorat”). Things like bread from back home must have been a hot commodity at the time. Also, the fact that it has a Hitler stamp is interesting.
I am not a native Czech speaker, so if you have a better translation, please let me know.

Prague Charles Bridge, Czechoslovakia | circa 1952?

When: ca. 1952? I can’t quite read it

From: Prague, Czechoslovakia
To: Podgora, Yugoslavia
Found: Prague, Czech Republic
Text: I did not translate this card before sending it off and can’t read it from the picture.
Note: Prague has a special place in my heart. I lived there for awhile and it’s views never ceased to amaze me. I included a recent picture I took of Charles Bridge. Not much has changed.
I am not a native Czech speaker, so if you can read the text and can translate it, let me know.