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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Old Postcards - Fritz Reiss - The Black Forest [2]

Summer in the Black Forest
The Black Forest (German: Schwarzwald, pronounced [ˈʃvaʁt͡svalt]) is a wooded mountain range in Baden-Württemberg, southwestern Germany. This card was mailed in Europe. The stamp is German and the postmark is 11.9.??.  The last two digits are possibly 03 or 05.  In the handwriting there is also, in the left corner of the card, what may be a date, but the only number we are fairly sure about is an 11.

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  1. John, the Black Forest is an incredibly beautiful area. The writing on the card reminds me of some of the handwriting from my grandparents, all of whom came from Germany. This card is really beautiful.

  2. I puzzled over those dates, too. What a treasure, no matter what the date. :-)

  3. It is a lovely card. It reminds me of Heidi's mountain home though that was in Switzerland not Germany.

    It looks like the numbers stamped over the stamp might be the date plus some other numbers. I'm not sure of course but it looks like 11.9.35...the next numbers are harder to deciper but looks like maybe 5 and then 99.

    If I am wrong and the date is scrawled in the other side those number look like 6.11/59

    Without more information about when the card was first published and other positively relevant information (like the postal practice of what is on the stamp and in the corner) it would be hard to pinpoint the precise numbers. Intriguing anyway :-)

  4. As far I can decipher it the postcard is sent to a Fraülein Agnes (Zeigan?) in Bonn am Rhein
    The card was sent from the city Aachen, and to me the writing of date looks like 11-9-09

    The stamp 'Germania' was issued from 1900 to 1922 as this version with "Deutsches Reich"was from 1902- 1922
    The date on the stamp looks also to me 11-9-09. The last numbers I also think are 5-99 or 5-9M are as far I could find the identification from which post-office in the district the letter was sent