Up late. Again. The scanner and I. I've had less time to look at stuff in the house since it is all covered up to protect it from construction.
So I pulled out something small and accessible. Postcards.
And thus began another mystery. (Click on the photo to enlarge it.)
I kept finding more postcards. 1906-1911. Before this house was built. All sent to Frank Dolde. But steadily moving more north on Lincoln Avenue.
The first stamp is from the Deutches-Reiche...the German Empire (Prussians) prior to WWI. The "Osterreichische Post" stamp refers to Austro-Hungary in 1910, I think. But the city of Laupheim? Where was it then and where is it today? And the postcards from Emma Dorfler and Carl in Austro-Hungary...what cities are they from?
These postcards were sent before the house was built and the last name is not familiar. The family we purchased the house from has a German ancestry...was this a relative?
The family that built the house was from Denmark and, in 1864, Denmark lost part of the country (Sønderjyllands Amt) to the Prussians (not gaining some of it back until 1918.) Are these postcards to one of their family members?
Finally, why has Frank Dolde moved from 737 North Lincoln to 739 North Lincoln to 2820 North Lincoln between 1906 and 1911?
And where is 737 North Lincoln? (Or 739 North Lincoln for that matter.)
Oh, help. Anyone adept at reading German and deciphering handwriting out there?