This small lot of photos of the same woman came to me from the German ebay. The identity of this lady was haunting me several days and it began to look like another brick wall. There were hardly any clues to hold on to. One of her photos was taken in Munich, Germany. So perhaps … Continue reading The Moseders from Munich
Hermann Krempe This photo album came to me from the German ebay. It tells the story of the families Krempe & Schröder & Weber over the course of more than 60 years! And it holds some wonderful clues, so I put on my detective hat and this is what I could find out. Parents Hermann … Continue reading Hermann Krempe: Hamburg, Tönning, Kiel
UPDATED: The photo has been returned to the family! Plus a HUGE update below! First of all, Happy New Year of 2021 to everyone! Thank you for taking interest in my blog about persons and their photos lost to history! Let's hope 2021 will allow me to return more of those lost photos to their … Continue reading Margarethe Bruckmeyer née Maaß
Update: Has been RETURNED! Happiness is in the little things. Like throwing a stone into water, causing it to splash, probably made this little boy giggle with joy. The slightly faded photograph was gifted to me by a fellow photo collector with a comment that this photo came to him from the United States. The … Continue reading Erle Amariah Smith, Jr.
This little darling and his teddy bear came to me with other photos, taken in Mülsen in Sachsen, Germany, through German ebay. The boy is identified as Horst Illing (from Mülsen St.) Micheln. The photo was taken in Mülsen St. Jacob where the family lived at the time. Horst Illing was born on June 10th, … Continue reading Horst Illing
This little darling came to me in a photo lot of 5 photos. The other photos were taken in Mönchengladbach, Germany. This one was the only one identified. The back of the photo reads: Ernst August Runne, November 1914, Uefingen (Brschwg). Ernst-August Runne was born on February 19th, 1914, in Üfingen (today in the region … Continue reading Ernst-August Runne
This lovely photo was gifted to me by a photo collector from Canada. I could not have asked for a neater handwriting on the back. It says: "Mary J. Beiler, Waterman, Ill., 1907". The photo was taken in Aurora, Illinois. It didn't take me long to come across a very well-researched family tree of the … Continue reading Mary J. Beiler from Waterman, Ill.
Random faces, they all walked this Earth and left their prints behind. And yet, it's as if they never existed. Maybe I've been looking in the wrong places? By sharing these photos with you I hope to receive new clues. Let's find them! Hilde Kratschmann in June 1936. The photos were taken in Zwittau (Svitavy … Continue reading The Brick Walls, 7
Updated 16.01.2021 A batch of old photos and postcards was sent to me by an ebay seller from Flensburg area in the North of Germany. Among the photos were two of a WWI-era German sailor. I could identify the handsome sailor to be one Cornelius Sönnichsen from Tönning, Nordfriesland in the North of Germany. Cornelius … Continue reading Cornelius Sönnichsen from Tönning
An old cigar box, full of old photos. And some of them identified! I was more than excited to start my "detective" work. Only to hit some new brick walls. Gertrud Potreck in Königsberg (formerly Prussia, now Kaliningrad in Russia) in 1917. She was a nanny of two children whose names have been scribbled in … Continue reading The Brick Walls, 6