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.

Prague, Czechoslovakia | 1983

When: January 27, 1983
From: Prague, Czechoslovakia
To: Tübingen, Germany
Found: Tübingen, Germany
Text: “We landed fine in Prague. Our first wander through the streets is behind us. But it was a little dreary. Our hotel is super nice! In the morning, our trip is really going to start!”
Note: I like this card simply because it was sent from the last place I lived to the current place I live.
I am not a native speaker of German, so if you have a better translation, let me know.

Stromovka, Prague | Date Unknown

Stromovka

 

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.

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.