Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Pforzheim Album 7

Do we have a wedding?  That would be my best guess on the top postcard.  Still, since all but two of the women are wearing the same white dress, I have some doubt.  Note the accordions in the front. There is a photographer's stamp on the back, "Hubert Gombert, Buhl I.B."  I ran Mr. Gombert's name and found some commercially produced cards, all scenes of Buhl, for sale, at 19 Euros.  I guess the European economy is doing better than I thought.  Buhl, like Pforzheim is a town in Baden-Wurttemberg in southwest Germany.

As far as card number two, Frieda Meyer and Else Huck are exchanging pictures.  School pictures I think.  My other guess would be conformation photos, but wouldn't young Else be in white for that?  Or is it young Frieda?  I did try doing a search on those names but came up with nothing.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Pforzheim Album 6

Another page with a single postcard.  Another person posed with a book.  And more writing that I can't figure out.  Translations welcome.

The Pforzheim Album 5

It's more than the class photo that makes me think this album belonged to a teacher.  All the photos in the album appear to have been taken by professional photographers.  Posing the woman with a book hints at someone with an interest in the intellectual.  I don't know about Germany in the 1920s, but in the United States, at that time, teaching was one of the few jobs held by a woman that required a college education.  I doubt it was much different in Europe.

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Pforzheim Album 4

There are many things that computers don't do well, among them translations.  Schlosskirche, or Castle Church, was easy.  But, then I started in on German websites and things got a bit more complicated.  Despite the very, very bad English grammar of auto translate, I think this is right.....Construction on The Castle and Collegiate Church of St. Michael began in 1219 and continued, with some design changes until 1475.  It was heavily damaged in the February 23, 1945 RAF raid mentioned in post number two from this album.  Repairs and reconstruction continued until 1957.  Part of the late Romanesque building dating from 1220 to 1230 survived, and is one of only two buildings from the period to survive World War 2.

This is the only photo on this album page, and it's the only commercial postcard made for general sale to the public, in the album.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Pforzheim Album 3

A large group of women.  My first thought, all the women in a single family, but then I saw the man off to the side wearing what looks like some sort of uniform.  Now I'm thinking teachers.  The second image is the one, non postcard in the album.  (And yes, I did notice the child in the lower left.)  Other than the date, 1929, I'm going to allow an actual German speaker to translate what was written on the back.  My one term of College German, forty years ago, and Google Translate isn't enough for me to make out the handwriting.  

The Pforzheim Album 2

Only one image on this page.  Pforzheim is a city of 120,000 people in the south-western German state of Baden-Wurttemberg.  It's famous for jewelry and watch making.  On February 23, 1945 a British air raid killed 17,600 people.  One third of the city's then population.  It's probable that some of the people in this album died that night.

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Pforzheim Album 1

It's time to start another album.  I'll be following my usual practice of a single post for each individual page.  If there's more than one image per page, I'll post the whole page to show positioning.  If there's only one photo on a page, then I won't bother.  Most of the images in this album are real photo postcards, and since they aren't pasted in, scanning will be easy.  There are only sixteen pages with images, so unlike a lot of the other collections I've published, I won't be breaking things up.  It'll be all sixteen pages in a row.

The top photo is credited to "Photo-Atelier Max Wolf. Pforzheim, Schulberg 5"  And the second, "M WIESENER PFORZHEIM."