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Offline yrammy

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Help with reading some writing
« on: May 27, 2021, 08:53:58 am »
Can anyone help us by deciphering the text at the top on this postcard for us. It came to the library as a donation and has a photo of Hunt Pot on the other side. Mary Boyd Dawkins' signature is there among others. We suspect the text could be in German?

Thanks for you help in advance
Mary Wilde

Offline alastairgott

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Re: Help with reading some writing
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2021, 12:53:40 pm »
I think I can pick out “is narrow” and “to information”

Offline alastairgott

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Re: Help with reading some writing
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2021, 12:55:39 pm »
And perhaps starts madam, or “mm”

Offline Martin Wright

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Re: Help with reading some writing
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2021, 01:27:37 pm »
Can't help with the top part as the writing is so poor, but I believe you are correct about it being in German as the writer signs off with "Herzl. grusse" meaning "Heartfelt greetings". The symbol that looks like a "p" is a German letter commonly represented in English translations as "ss".
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Re: Help with reading some writing
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2021, 02:41:58 pm »
I'll help you.

Yes, it's german. Written in Sütterlin (old type of handwriting).
I'll have a look after work.

/edit:
wrote you on facebook
Lower Saxony - Harz Mountain Area - Germany

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Re: Help with reading some writing
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2021, 10:28:38 am »
Alter Verwalter, ist das unleserlich.

Compliments to Wolfo for the deciphering - I can just about read the printed equivalent (Fraktur), but that postcard takes the mickey.

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Re: Help with reading some writing
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2021, 02:10:17 pm »
As I doctor I should be able to help but being in another language that I am not familiar with means it is just gibberish to me!

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Re: Help with reading some writing
« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2021, 04:33:45 pm »
I'm an ex-teacher so pretty good at deciphering poor handwriting but it stumped me too.... :lol:
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