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Posted 01/25/2020   7:21 pm  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
You are not alone. Someone took a decision to get rid of some of the detritus of this transitory world. Deciding to play Zeus by restoring it to them or to their relatives is unlikely to be appropriate.
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Posted 01/25/2020   9:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add lostandfound to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
How polarising!

Perhaps being female I'm a little more emotionally invested in such personal items? It may be that of course and forgiver me my peculiarities.

I have seen many instances of wonderful families redressing the past through photos and letters. and of course, Least we forget?
And a simple no is always an option.

My children have been brought up with respect for what these men went through, not why they went through it. They are another generation who are wholly fascinated with the whys and what happened during the great wars and every other war thats plagued humanity. Luckily through stamps and letters the truth of history will never be forgotten, and at times rewritten.

Zeus? I have maltese x shih tzu called Zeus. His girlfriend, our other dog is a very large rottweiler called Brooklyn... A fab couple.

Back on topic now?!

slight edit: not posturing one of my grandaddies pics he said with a nod and a solemn face... "that was our crew took that field" no offence intended to anyone over this. It was then this is now.



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Posted 01/27/2020   09:08 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add florian to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
lostandfound - Enjoy!

S(ehr) G(eehrter
Herr Hauptmann Bäumler
Ersatz Inf(anterie) Regiment 52
Ersatz Infantry Regiment 52
8. Ersatz-Division

Absender: L(eu)t(nant) K(raft)f(ahr)z(eugen) Bäumler
Sender: Lieutenant Automobiles Bäumler

Krusevac, 18. Nov. (19)15
Mein lieber Jus! Bin eben immer mit
Dear Jus, I am always with
meiner Kompanie beim A(rmee)O(ber)K(ommando) U. Ich
my company at Army Command U. I
habe, seidem ich wieder hier noch kein Post
haven't had any mail as yet,
bekommen, auch dein
not even your
Paketchen aus Berlin nicht.
packet from Berlin.
Meine Division kommt wieder zurück,
My division comes back again,
marschiert nach Nisch und wird verladen über
marches to Nisch and will be loaded to be dispatched via
Sofia nach Dedeagatsch im Aegaenischen
via Sofia to Dedeagatsch in the Aegean
Meer, von dort aus vielleicht nach Aegypten,
Sea, from there maybe to Egypt,
gelt da wolltest Du auch dabei sein!
you wouldn't mind to be there too, would you?!
Verbindung mit der Heimat wird wohl da
Connection with the home is going
ganz aufwändig. Hier in dem netten Stätchen
to be quite complex. Here in the nice little town of
Krusevac wurde für 5 Milliarden
Krusevac, booty worth 5 billion
Beute gemacht. Eine ?Numerigevoll?
was taken. There are a number
Eisenbahnzüge stehen am Bahnhofe, auch
of trains standing at the station, also
der Hofzug von König Peter, der selbst
the court train of King Peter, who
von 2 Stunden vor unserem Einmarsch
had been here 2 hours before we entered
hier war, dann mir seinen Sohne Alexander,
the king having fled to Montenegro
nach Montenegro flüchtete. Wie geht
with his son Alexander. How are
es Dir? Was ist mit dem Bay/e/rische Orden?
you? What about the Bavarian order?
Für heute herzlichen Gruss. Dein Oskar.
All the best for today from Oskar.
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Posted 01/27/2020   09:50 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bud to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I agree with lostandfound. In the 80's I came to know a newspaper publisher in Bogota, Colombia. I learned about his history over dinner one evening. In 1936, his well-to-do parents shipped him off to military high school in Berlin, as was the frequent custom at the time for the sons of Colombia's elites. When the war came, the Germans drafted practically everybody, including students in these schools. Although his parents tried, they were unable to get him out of Germany, and he ended up serving in the Wehrmacht for three long years on the Eastern Front. During that time he lost contact with his family, and after the war, they thought he was dead. But he found his way to a DP camp, established his citizenship and eventually, in 1946 or 47, as I recall, made it home to Colombia. He has passed now, but in his later years he returned to Germany for reunions of his old unit, without apology. During the war, he was no Nazi, but rather a terrified kid. But he remained faithful to his former comrades, who had endured with him the tragedy of war. I cherish his memory as an honorable man.
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Posted 01/27/2020   3:05 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add lostandfound to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you so much florian, but wow 5 billion in booty. and king petar.. So quite an interesting wee letter. Again thank you for translating!

Bud, thank you for sharing the story of your friend, we often never know how their lives have changed and what has forced them to the roads that have been taken.
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Posted 01/28/2020   05:02 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add florian to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Checking https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/105._...Kaiserreich) for address details, I found the following info:
Füsilier-Regiment „Kaiser Franz Josef von Österreich, König von Ungarn" (4. Württembergisches) Nr. 122
Fusilier Regiment "Emperor Franz Josef of Austria, King of Hungary" (4th Württembergisches) No. 122
6. Oktober bis 28. November 1915 --- Feldzug in Serbien
October 6th to November 28th, 1915 --- Campaign in Serbia
so I have to make the following corrections:

S(ehr) G(eehrter)
Herr Hauptmann Bäumler
To Captain Bäumler
Ersatz Inf(anterie) Regiment 52
8. Ersatz-Division

Absender: L(eu)t(nant) K(an)z(lei)f(ührend) Bäumler
Sender: Lieutenant in charge of registry Bäumler
F(üsilier) R(egiment) (Nr.) 122/III
105 I(nfanterie) Div(ision)


Krusevac, 18. Nov. (19)15
Mein lieber Jus! Bin eben immer mit
Dear Jus, I am always with
meiner Kompanie beim ?A.O.K.U.? Ich
my company at ?A.O.K.U.? I
habe, seidem ich wieder hier noch kein Post
haven't had any mail as yet,
bekommen, auch dein
not even your
Paketchen aus Berlin nicht.
packet from Berlin.
Meine Division kommt wieder zurück,
My division comes back again,
marschiert nach Nisch und wird verladen über
marches to Niš (Serbia) and will be loaded to be dispatched via
Sofia nach Dedeagatsch im Aegaenischen
Sofia to Dedeagac (now Alexandroupoli, Greece) in the Aegean
Meer, von dort aus vielleicht nach Aegypten,
Sea, from there maybe to Egypt,
gelt da wolltest Du auch dabei sein!
you wouldn't mind to be there too, would you?!
Verbindung mit der Heimat wird wohl da
Connection with the home is going
ganz aufwändig. Hier in dem netten Stätchen
to be quite complex. Here in the nice little town of
Krusevac wurde für 5 Milliarden
Kruševac, booty worth 5 billion
Beute gemacht. ?Eine Numerige & volle?
was taken. There are a number
Eisenbahnzüge stehen am Bahnhofe, auch
of trains full of loot standing at the station, so had been
der Hofzug von König Peter, der selbst
the court train of King Peter, who
von 2 Stunden vor unserem Einmarsch
had been there 2 hours before we entered,
hier war, dann mir seinen Sohne Alexander,
the King then fleeing to Montenegro
nach Montenegro flüchtete. Wie geht
together with his son Alexander. How are
es Dir? Was ist mit dem Bay(e)r(ische) Orden?
you? What about the Bavarian order?
Für heute herzlichen Gruss. Dein Oskar.
All the best for today from Oskar.
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Posted 01/31/2020   08:14 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add florian to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
BrentAbba - re : http://goscf.com/t/71313&whichpage=2#631130

Your card is written in Hungarian, which is a language quite unlike Indo-European languages as to its basic vocabulary and grammar, and therefore most difficult to read in somewhat careless cursive handwriting, where every seemingly minor spelling detail plays an important role, so you need a native Hungarian speaker to read the message.

Having a look at the card, I can make out precious little of it as I don't speak Hungarian. Most of it does not make sense as I am unable to read the words correctly:

Kedves Gabi! Kársínónt zsraídat.
Dear Gabi, ......................................
Kiváncsi vagyok, hova fejlodik as ég kedélyállapoton hogy.
Curious am I where ............................... mood / frame of mind ..........................
Körülbelül es a sivál kórhasí levego nyoruta ságy a bályan get.
Híddal ny vágyom más vonva útegemkor.
................. desire of mine ...........................
Pedig ma donsabbal vagyok, mint mikor idejotbem.
.......... today................ am I, ...................when ....................
Semmi birsasi jel; aszit vagyok letérés.
Nothing ......................... am I ..................
Hogy vagy úragany? Gondolod, hogy mi auty találkoznach?
How are you.............? Do you think that .......................................?
Totan valad! Öledely ...


P.S.
Just consider the importance of the various accents in the descriptions of the Hungarian K. Rockwell stamps shown in http://goscf.com/t/71313&whichpage=2#631130 :

leveliras = letter writing
elso repulout = first flight
udvarlas = courtship
tubefuzes = threading a needle

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Posted 01/31/2020   10:54 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add BrentAbba to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for at least pointing me toward the correct language. Having only studied Italian and Spanish I'm at a loss with most eastern European writing.
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Posted 02/02/2020   11:13 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add BrentAbba to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Two more cards came in the lot with the prior Feldpost entry. Both are sent to Prague, but one in 1909 and one in 1917. Can someone help with the language used here?

Card 1 - 28 Jun 1909 Sarajevo to Prague


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Posted 02/02/2020   11:18 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add BrentAbba to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Card 2 - 02 May 1917 Visoka, Bosnia to Prague
written in ??? with still over a year left in the Great War.


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Posted 02/03/2020   09:42 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add florian to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
http://goscf.com/t/69768&whichpage=2#631568 . Message in Czech:

Práve hledal zdejší tržní komisar

The local Market Commissioner has just been looking
pravou ceylonskou skorici a jelikož zde jemná netlucená kura
for true Ceylon cinnamon and since fine uncrushed bark
vubec neznámá, prosím Vás tímto by Jste
is quite unknown here, please
laskave co vzorek bez ceny zdarma asi 2-3 d(eka)g(ramy) zaslali[/i]
send a sample of 20-30 g(rams) free of charge
na adresu "Direktion der Markthalle", aneb
to "Direktion der Markthalle" (= Directorate of Market Hall) or
"Herrn Maixner, Marktkomissar, Sarajevo".
"Herrn Maixner, Marktkomissar (to Mr. Maixner Market Commissioner), Sarajevo" .
Za laskavost jsem Vám povdecen a ujištuji vás,
I am grateful to you for your kindness and I assure you
že zde snažíme se Vaši firmu podporovati.
that we are doing our best to promote your business here.

S veškerou úctou František Cervinka, obchodvedoucí firmy H. Fuchs,
Yours faithfully František Cervinka, sales manager of Messrs. H. Fuchs,
dríve A. Salzberger.
formerly A. Salzberger.


Address side:
Ctený pan Milde & Ressler, velkodrogisti, Praha
Messrs. Milde & Ressler, Pharmacy Wholesalers, Prague


Rubber stamp:
[i]
Hermann Fuchs, Sarajevo

früher (=earlier) Armin Salzberger
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Edited by florian - 02/03/2020 09:56 am
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Posted 02/03/2020   11:01 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add florian to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
http://goscf.com/t/69768&whichpage=2#631569 Message in Czech

Address side

Square rubber stamp in red: Došlo (= received) 5/5. 17 (= May 5, 1917)
Circular rubber stamp in purple: LJEKARNA U VISOKOM (in Croatian)(= Apothecary's in Visoko), the same in Serbian and Turkish - Ph(armaciae) M(agiste)r Filip Bohácek

Velectený Pán
pan Milde & Ressler,

To Messers. Milde & Ressler

druguerie ve vel(kém)
Pharmacy Wholesalers
Praha
Prague
Stepánská ul(lice)
Stepánská St.
Königreich Böhmen
Kingdom of Bohemia


Message side

Velect(ené) f(irm)e Milde & Ressler, Praha
to Messrs. Milde & Ressler, Prague

Prosím poštou na dobírku
Please send cash on delivery
3 Naphtol asi 4 1/2 kg
3 Naphthol about 4 1/2 kg
4 1/2 kg Sulfur pulv(er) neb sublimát
4 1/2 kg Sulphur powder or mercuric chloride
neb v kusech
or in pieces
1 collo Libuše zubní krém neb
1 box of Libuše toothpaste or
nekterý jiný v tubách
any other in tubes
2 tucty Kaloderma neb Albaderma
2 dozen Kaloderma or Albaderma
neb X podobný preparát.
or some similar preparation.
S veškerou úctou
Respectfully Yours,
Ph(armaciae) M(agiste)r Filip Bohácek
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Posted 02/04/2020   11:53 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Hal to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I'd like to think collectors, albeit postal historians, are the caretakers of history and whether we like the responsibility or not, our responsibility is automatically conveyed to us when we purchase a cover with contents.

Like relatives, some caretakers may feel more responsible and/or mature about the handling sensitive and personnel material that was never meant to be viewed by anyone other than by the addressee. I have, on more than one occasion, destroyed the contents of a cover (love letters or personal attacks and/or uncomplimentary remarks) I knew were never meant to be shared. On the other hand, comments made in the context of a time period (i.e.: anti-Semitic, racist, war-related, culture-related, etc.), no matter how distasteful to me personally, are maintained intact and shared for public view as part of postal history.

Censor? Perhaps. I think it's more common sense and prudence. I view like modern day e-mail: some people forget to hit the "delete" button when they should...and I'm just helping them, especially when they are no longer able to help themselves. Anyway, just a thought.

Hal


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