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.

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.