Random Acts of Living

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Vintage Postcards from 1908 - 1940s page 2

Here's the second batch of postcards. Most of these appear to have been posted in 1910.

Here’s what Irene Klassen/Jake Balzer could ferret out:

2008.007 - Easter

Liebe Mutter, Ich habe deiner Brief erhalten. Ich liebe wenn du her kommst das Schwein zu schlachten. Dein sohn, Cornelius.

Der mother. I have received your letter. I would love you to come so that the pig could be butchered. Your son, Cornelius.

This one is addresses to "Miss Klassen" in Minneapolis Minn. This would probably be Katherine.

Can anyone read the one below? This one is to my Great grandmother Katherine (Wiebe) Klassen.
Edit: From Judith Rempel http://www.mennonitehistory.org/projects/postcards/index.html

Here’s what Irene Klassen/Jake Balzer could ferret out:

2008.006 – Remembrance

Liebe Freunde. Ich will euch berichten das wir Montag Abend vier Uhr gluecklich zu Hause angelangt sind. Fanden auch alles in gute Ordnung. Nun muss ich dancken fuer die gute aufnahme die wir bei euch fanden. Den bei mire, hat es wieder es Freundschift sehr erneuert, und mochte bitten wenn es moechlich waere und auch zu besuchen wenn sein kann. Dann wenn Anna kommt Ich mochte sie gerne sehen. Nun seit alle gegrusst von K.und A. Klassen.

Der friend. I want to let you know that on Monday at 4:00 we safely arrived at home. We found everything in good order. Now I must thank you for the good reception we found with you. For it has renewed our friendship greatly. I would like to ask if it is possible that you visit us? If Anna comes, I will look forward to see her. Now, greetings to all of you from K & A Klassen.

I'll try to get some more postcards posted tomorrow and maybe some more pictures.


Peter said...

Hi! You certainly have an interesting collection. Thank God no one threw them out!

I can't remember the last time I sent a postcode. I wonder if people still send them out.

Receiving a hand written letter is so much better than getting an email. The only thing that comes for me in the mail, is bills. How sad!

I just wonder if handwriting is going to be a lost art considering all this computer stuff.

Thank you for sharing the postcards and your memories.

Take Care,

Moonshadow said...

Hi, Peter! A few years back I used to send out postcards as meeting reminders for our histortical society. I have a program that you can make your own postcards. It was fun and the postage was a lot less than a letter.

My mother still handwrites her letters. She has a ritual about her letter writing, a special time set aside for writing and sending out cards.

I save letters that I've written (I made carbon copies) and received, they act as my diary that I never managed to write. When I started my family research I realized how much letters added and aided in doing my research. That's when I started making copies of everything I sent out. Before the computer I simply used carbon paper, whether it was handwritten or typed. The computer made it easy, except now I need to get all the letters I saved on diskettes and resave them on cds, but first I should probably convert them to .pdfs. One advantage of letters on paper, you might go blind, but you will always be able to read them. My new computers don't have diskette drives and in upgrading some programs, they no longer open the older files. All that space and time saving quality of using a computer has turned into a lot of added work it I don't want to loose "history". What a deal.

More letters have gone the way of the trash bin than I really want to think about. My mom said that her mom, my grandmother, had a shoebox full of letters from her mother and grandmother that grandpa chucked in the burn barrel after she died. Heavy sigh. I have one letter from my grandmother to her sister when she was a young bride, it's more of a book since she wrote it over several days before sending it. It's quite an insight into her daily life.

Thanks for stopping by!

Anita said...

I love all your postcards! My laptop is very sick, and I haven't been on in a couple of days...
I have a few old postcards, most of them were destroyed in the tornado, but I have one that I bought recently that I love... They just don't make things as beautiful as they did then!

Anonymous said...

Nice collection!

Moonshadow said...

Anita - what's wrong with your laptop? :`(

I've been missing your posts.

Kalyan - Thanks for stopping by! I popped over to your blog and left a comment, too.

Kathy said...

I'm enjoying looking at your beautiful postcards! The artwork is so detailed and the vibrant colors really held up well, didn't they?

I used to write letters all the time, but alas, email has taken over. The only good thing about that is I can save them in my email folders or print them out if I want.

But there's really no substitute for the feeling you get receiving a bonafide letter in your mailbox! It seems to be a dying art form. Handwriting also seems to be going the way of the dinosaurs, in favor of email and text messaging.

Here's a recent article from The Buffalo News about the decline of handwriting being taught in the classroom. Some schools are fighting to keep it in the curriculum, though. Writing off cursive