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The Long, Convoluted Trip Of One German Postcard

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Posted 12/03/2018   11:10 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add PostmasterGS to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Here's an interesting one I received recently:

The card was mailed from on-board the steamship Dresden of the Norddeutscher Lloyd while en-route from Wilhelmshaven, Germany, to the East Africa Station in Hong Kong. At the time of mailing, it was off Port Said, Egypt.

The message translates roughly as follows:

Dear friend! We passed well the English Channel, the Mediterranean Sea, and at a distance of 3000m, the coast of Portugal and then Gibraltar. Mrs. C. Retzlosch

What makes this card really interesting, however, is the routing. It initially received the MSP 5 cancel then used on-board the Dresden.

The card was addressed to Schützen (infantryman) Zimmer of the Gardeschützenbataillon (Guards Rifles Battalion), in Berlin. It was transported via the Gross-Lichterfelde Potsdam Railroad, through Potsdam (SW of Berlin) to the Berlin W 8 post office.

It arrived in Berlin on 1 April 1900.

By that time, however, Schützen Zimmer was no longer there. According to the dark black handwriting, on 24 March 1900, he was sent to German Southwest Africa to serve with the Kaiserlichen Schutztruppe, the German Colonial Armed Forces.

The red handwriting shows the card was forwarded to "Gr. Windhoek, Südwestafrika" (Greater Windhoek, German Southwest Africa), where it arrived on 8 May 1900.

In Windhoek, the blue handwriting was added, noting that Schützen Zimmer had been sent to Omaruru, German Southwest Africa, on 30 May 1900. The card was forwarded to Omaruru, where it finally arrived on 12 June 1900.
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Posted 12/03/2018   11:30 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ikeyPikey to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you for the step-by-step explanation. Cheers,
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Posted 12/04/2018   12:59 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Not a bad service, for 5 pfennig.

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Posted 12/19/2018   5:15 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hornet785 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Yes rod, it's not bad at all. I really like this kind of mail item.

It's an awesome one. Specially on the distance the little card did to arrive at destination.

Here one of mine (posted on an euro forum) that I called "Euro tour 1897" Not a picture postcard but in line with the subject.

Our ancestors were good!


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