Postcards from Germany, Part 1

I spent Christmas Day, 2019, scanning some of my mother-in-law’s old family photos. Some of them had long notes on the back, written in German. Her mother, Helen Schiesl, was born in Munich, or München, in 1892.

Thought I took a couple of years of German in high school, I’m not able to read these. Aside from my limited German, the handwriting is also a challenge, so I am posting them here in hopes I can get help with translating them.

On the first one, the second line, I think I can make out the word photographer or photograph. The picture this note was written on is below it. I think there are names written on, but the ink is smudged a bit over the years. I think perhaps the young man in uniform is Helen’s brother Norbert Schiesl, who may have been killed in World War I.

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Postcard from Germany, late 19th or early 20th Century

From the collection of Helen Schiesl Raney

About Taminar

When I grow up, I want to make movies and write books. Now in my 50s, I wonder if I'll ever really accomplish the dreams of my youth. I have made two short films, one for a college film-making class, the other for an MTV-sponsored contest. I have written short plays that have been produced, and a few short stories and reviews that have been published. I also perform and direct for community theatre. My working life has included stints in local TV news, public relations, retail management and cashier, and for a couple of years, I made the rides go at Walt Disney World. I have two cats and a husband.
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