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Posted 11/18/2020   6:01 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Stampcollector37 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I have a letter written in German from 1932 and air mail from a piece of cardboard from a box that was sent via air mail from Houston. I'm not sure what the letter says as it's in German AND cursive so it's tough to translate



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Posted 11/18/2020   6:02 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Stampcollector37 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I'm still getting a hang of keeping the photos under 200kb and making them turn out ok. Let me know if anyone wants me to send them a better copy of the letter
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Posted 12/04/2020   05:45 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add LordInVader to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
If you post a more high resolution scan of the Letter, I can translate it for you.
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Posted 12/04/2020   3:51 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Caper123 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
A scan would work best if available!
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Posted 12/04/2020   4:13 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The stamps on the corrugated cardboard were issued in 1956. So, the two things shown together are a little confusing.
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Edited by bookbndrbob - 12/04/2020 4:14 pm
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I'll work on getting it scanned! Bookbndrbob sorry about that. They aren't related. I'll make sure to separate the post next time.
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Posted 12/05/2020   05:45 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add LordInVader to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
@bookbndrbob
In my opinion the Letter and the packet do NOT belong together.
The years dont fit, and the name doesnt fit.
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Posted 12/05/2020   05:47 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add LordInVader to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
@Stampcollector37

I've been able to translate the first Paragraph, but missed some words because I couldnt decipher them:(Get me that scan and I can probably translate the entire Letter!)

"Dear Little Adele!
Even when you are a little bigger than us, you will always remain our little Adele. We are very happy that you wrote so nicely to us so quickly, but are worried about you receiving your mail correctly, that means immediately. You should have been receiving Mail from your parents for a long time now. Please write us right away when and where you received our letter, so that we can see how the mail rate works out – hopefully you can understand. After you left we were very sorrowful, meaning sad, Your Aunt cried, and I ……..The same has become so much better already and you will receive a Photo in the next days. How are you healthwise? Have you bought "Pako" already?.... Please Adele be careful, that you wont become sorrowful, as your parents have become. But God will protect you from it. Now your Aunt wants to continue writing the letter, she is taking it from me."
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Posted 12/05/2020   10:46 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Al E. Gator to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
LordinVader, Would you mind taking a look at translating this on?


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Posted 12/08/2020   09:56 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add dudley to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This might be an opportune moment to post a reminder that the APS offers its members a translation service (free for most shorter items): https://stamps.org/services/translations
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Posted 12/08/2020   11:16 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Al E. Gator's item is interesting because Suetterlin script is used throughout, except for "Dettmer zu Hornbostel" on the envelope.
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Edited by bookbndrbob - 12/08/2020 12:56 pm
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Posted 12/08/2020   5:05 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add LordInVader to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
@bookbndrbob
That letter is not Sütterlin, the date on the Letter is to old. Sütterlin came about at the beginning of the 20th Century. This Letter is much older.
I think it is "Kurrentschrift", and I have almost finished deciphering the Letter.
Will post when done.
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Posted 12/08/2020   5:25 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add LordInVader to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I can already give you the text of the Envelope outside Script:

"den Schneider Johann Friedrich Dittmer
zu Hornbostel
Amtei Winsen a. d. Aller"
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Posted 12/08/2020   6:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks LordinVader. There is always something to learn here at SCF.

I was reading that Kurrentschrift was used along with the more usual English cursive, depending on context. So, was Kurrentschrift used typically as a more "formal" style of communication?
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The old German scripts can be a real challenge, even for native speakers. For us non-natives, it's an exercise in futility. To me, they look like nothing but long paragraphs of "m" and "n" with the occasional loop. mmmnnznmnmmtmnnmkmnm.

I don't have many letters in my collection, but I do have a bunch of postcards. Ideally, I like to include the translated text on the album pages. So, I use a service that charges about $10 a card (depending on complexity) to decipher and translate the old script. It's not worth it for routine items, but for rare items it's a nice touch.
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Presenting the GermanStamps.net Collection - Germany, Colonies, & Occupied Territories, 1872-1945
Edited by PostmasterGS - 12/08/2020 6:59 pm
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Posted 12/08/2020   7:36 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Al E. Gator to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
LordinVader, Thank you for the update.
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