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Dormann Postcards

Dormann Postcards

In September 1898, a German family boarded a steamship and sailed for German New Guinea, where they hoped the change in climate would alleviate their health problems. Throughout the journey, one family member, Fred, wrote numerous postcards to family and friends who remained behind in Germany.

WWI Consular Letter

WWI Consular Letter

This cover was sent from the German consulate in Seville, Spain, to a bank in Braunschweig, Germany. At that time, banks often acted as intermediaries for the mail.  A note accompanying this cover indicated that the eventual recipient was assigned to a Coast Guard unit on the island of Norderney in the North Sea, and the sender was the recipient’s father who worked at the Consulate in Seville.

Tauchbootbrief Inner Envelopes

Tauchbootbrief Inner Envelopes

For the eventually-cancelled third voyage of the Deutschland, the German postal authorities offered to carry regular mail (as opposed to high-value mail requiring insurance) originating from within any of the Central Powers. These Tauchbootbrief letters contained two parts, the outer envelope and the inner envelope.

Tauchbootbrief Outer Envelopes

Tauchbootbrief Outer Envelopes

For the eventually-cancelled third voyage of the Deutschland, the German postal authorities offered to carry regular mail (as opposed to high-value mail requiring insurance) originating from within any of the Central Powers. These Tauchbootbrief letters contained two parts, the outer envelope and the inner envelope.