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Posted 12/08/2022   09:51 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add archiguy to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Where is this place and What is depicted on this postcard?
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Posted 12/08/2022   7:11 pm  Show Profile Check DC3's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add DC3 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The writing looks German?
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Posted 12/09/2022   07:57 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add littleriverphil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:
Where is this place and What is depicted on this postcard


A ship at sea and a sailor working.
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Posted 12/09/2022   09:28 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add PostmasterGS to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I can read part of the message, but that's no help in IDing what it is. The Kurrentschrift is tough in places -- particularly because it's not quite textbook and I think he dropped a letter in the last word -- but here's my best guess:

That doesn't translate well to my English-speaking ears, though.

On the still ocean - closer to home than the ship's stoker

Perhaps a native speaker on here could take a stab.
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Edited by PostmasterGS - 12/09/2022 09:30 am
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Posted 12/09/2022   10:08 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add NSK to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Postmaster,

You kind of got it right, just the word "als" is confusing you. I would say a 'pass' for German.

Stiller Ozean is one of the Germanic names for the Pacific Ocean.

Stiller (quiet, masculine) ==> Pazifischer (Pacific).

auf + der ==> dem Stille + n Ozean translates to "on the Pacific Ocean."

'dem,' not 'den.' 'Auf dem' is locating him. 'Auf den' makes him climb it, as that means 'moving upon.'

'Als' means 'as' not 'than' in this case.

"On the Pacific Ocean, closer to home as ship's stoker."
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Posted 12/09/2022   12:30 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add NSK to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Mind you, moving upon the Pacific is possible in the sense that it would then read

"Towards the Pacific Ocean closer to home as ship's stoker."
But considering the Americas are on the Pacific coast, he would be in port in the Americas or sailing east. In the latter case, the next question would be where is home? Or is he stating he is on a journey that, eventually, takes him home?
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Posted 12/09/2022   12:33 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add PostmasterGS to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for the edits. I always have trouble with certain letters in Kurrent because they all look the same with rushed handwriting -- "c", "e", "m", "n", and sometimes "r".
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Interesting,
that explains the perhaps, dirty visage of the subject.

I was initially confused, the ships bollards are huge, yet in the background
it appeared to be rope ladders for sail craft.

A "ship's stoker" was an horrific job, personally shovelling coal, into
furnaces for the steam engines, exceedingly hot, and filthy work.
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