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Friday, August 29, 2014

Old Postcards - Fritz Reiss - The Black Forest [3]

From the Black Forest
This card is postmarked Leysin Village with this date: 24.XII.16XI-  We are curious about how to interpret the date. We think it is the 24th day of December, probably 1916, but the XI at the end?

"Located in the Vaudoises Alps, Leysin is a sunny alpine resort village at the eastern end of Lake Geneva in proximity to Montreux, Lausanne, and Geneva. In prior years, Leysin was known for its sanatoriums for tuberculosis; today its spectacular Alpine views across the Rhône Valley towards the Dents du Midi invite year-round mountain sports and recreation." ... from the Wikipedia artcile on Leysin.

Leysin in Wiki

This is post #3 of a series of 5 -- art of Fritz Reiss as featured on old postcards. For previous post in this series please check the archive to the right.

Thank you for stopping by John's Island.


  1. Hmmm. That date makes little sense to me. Please post the answer if you find it, John. Beautiful painting, though. :-)

  2. John, I'm loving your postcards and the artist. Just beautiful colors. I would loved to have received one of these in the mail in 1916.

  3. I am intrigued by the beautiful handwriting on this card.With all the technology now,we are losing that art.

  4. Yes, I think you have the date right but I don't know what to make of the XI. Someone who is a philatelist would probably be able to figure it out. But they sure keep the rest of us guessing :-)

  5. The postmark, as far I could find does mean 24th of december 1916, while the XI at the end means it was sended away from the postoffice at 11 o'clock in the morning

    The Swiss used until 1921 the Roman numbers for the time 1-12 o'clock AM and Arabian numbers for the time 1-12 PM.