This lovely image of a girl in a polka dot headscarf holding a bunch of flowers - Mädchen mit Kopftuch und Blumenstrauss - seems to fit perfectly with the arrival of spring! It was printed in Germany by Verlag Carl Werner, a publishing house based in Reichenbach im Vogtland, a town in Saxony, the heartland of European postcard production.
Whilst Werner often published images of children taken by the famous photographer Lotte Herrlich the other examples I've seen have always been artist-signed and in black and white – this postcard bears no indication as to who took the image, so I assume it was an in-house or unnamed freelance photograph instead. During the Second World War, Carl Werner published far more sinister postcards and helped the German war effort, issuing propaganda cards with captions in the language of the intended foreign audience.
I bought this postcard a while ago in a second hand shop in Rome. I was immediately attracted to the image and admit that I had bearly glanced at the writing on the reverse of the card at the time of buying it. In fact, it wasn't until I returned home and inspected it more carefully when I noticed that the date handwritten on the back of this uncirculated card was 26 April, 1942 – my father's date of birth! Spooky, eh?
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