This is a wonderful postcard that could have been overlooked because of the coffee stains, I can imagine a German soldier, perhaps sheltering in a dugout, drinking coffee, being uplifted by her beauty and giving the will to overcome the terrible conditions at that time. This is portrait of Henny Porten, who was a German actress and film producer of the silent era, and Germany’s first major film star. She appeared in more than 170 films between 1906 and 1955. Many of her earlier films were directed by her husband Curt A. Stark, who died during World War I on the Eastern Front in 1916.
In 1921, she remarried to Wilhelm von Kaufmann. When the Nazis took power, she famously told Hitler where he could go to when he castigated her for being married to a Jew, when she refused to divorce her Jewish husband she found that her career (while doing twelve films a year ), dissolved immediately. When she resolved on emigration, she was denied an exit visa to prevent a negative impression. She made ten films during the Nazi era. Her placid and reassuring persona helped calm audiences confronted with Allied bombardment. In 1944, after an aerial mine destroyed her home, she and her husband were out on the streets, as it was forbidden to shelter a full Jew.
Frieda Ulricke “Henny” Porten (7th January 1890 – 15th October 1960)
I would like to share with you my original detailed real photographic postcard, scanned at 1200dpi, which shows children paddling in the water at the end of Ditton Stream which is a road in the village of Ditton in Kent. This card shows Hall House which is now a pair of houses known as Stream Cottages and is Grade II* listed. The timber framed building was constructed around 1420-1450 and a solar wing was added around 1480-1500. It has a tiled roof with return gables at both ends, 16th century molded wooden barge boards and the remains of timber-framing inside. Also inside can be found a built in stack with carved Tudor arched wooden bressumers to fireplaces, molded beams and a crown-post over what was once the hall. The house now has 19th century cladding to the 1st floor. (information about Hall House from the Kent History Forum Website). Compare with the view from Google Maps below.
It is good to know that this building is still standing and listed and preserved.
The peaceful village of Otterburn, Northumberland, the start of a sunny autumn day, a lorry has pulled up at a roadside petrol station and the driver is engaged in conversation with the proprietor as the tank is filled, behind the lorry a local is taking the dog for an early morning walk; having just crossed the bridge over Otter Burn a stream from which the village gets it’s name. The rooms in The Percy Arms Hotel opposite have been given an airing by the hotel staff. A moment in time captured by the photographer. This road leads up from Newcastle towards the Scottish Border and on to Edinburgh so will be busy later on in the day.
The Garage has gone but the cottages and the Inn have been redeveloped as this Google image below shows.
‘Old Postcards’ as well as family photographs are always worth a second glance, they contain images which can never be replaced. Digital images are fine for the moment but where will this image on Google be in 60 or 70 years time. There are still photographs and postcards out there and they should be treasured for the wealth of information portrayed.