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Date:
17/01/1919
Title:
Postcards
Object ID:
2014.252.013
Object Name:
Postcard
Scope & Content:
Postcards [6], depicting scenes and people in Germany during World War One. [1] — KOLN. a. Rhein. Anlagen am Deutschen Ring; [2] — KOLN A. Rh. — Hohenzollernbrucke Vom Rathaus gesehen; [3] — COLN a. Rh. Habsburger—Ring und Opernhaus; [4] — Schlafe patent; [5] — KOLN a. Rhein. Dom Von Deutz gesehen (Rheinpartie); [6] — COLN—KALK Marktplatz.
Together the make up the pages of a letter

Reverse [1]:
[Handwritten in ink]
Dear Harry
well old man its a long road that has no turning back but this old road we have been on over here has very near had the end chopped off it and the turn has come alright old Fritzy is well under the whip and good luck to him hes that well ? now there is no chance of him ever making another start although there is still a few parts that are still restless in Berlin there has been a fair amount of street fighting amongst themselves but that don't worry us as they are only killing one another in Cologne there

Reverse [2]:
[Handwritten in ink]
was a bit of street fighting amongst themselves before the British took possession but now all is quiet the civies say that so long as we have troops there its alright but if we went away they would be at it again as there is a very strong element here in favour of the Kaiser but are not game to show it and ? I am not sorry either as its much safer the way things are ? I would like to have been in N.Z. when the news of the armistice came through I think it could just about manage
[On the left hand side it has] this is the Hohenzollern Bridge across the rhine between Kalk and Cologne which we crossed on our way in.

Reverse [3]:
[Handwritten in ink]
a nice long beer of staples brew. in fact ? pints perhaps two our crowd took things very quiet when we got the news most of them said I will believe it when we get started for home but some of the ? did a bit of cheering. also the civies did a bit of a joy dance as is a place called Hautmont just close to the Belgian border at the ? then we treked back to Quievy stayed there about a fortnight then
[On the right hand side it has] The Cologne opera house the ring as they call it is a street that runs right around Cologne

Reverse [4]:
[Handwritten in ink]
came on to here by gun she was some stunt the trek through Belgium we had the time of our lives the Belgians gave us a great welcome all the way through what with flags flying and decorated archways across the roads to say nothing of the free beer and coffee that was floating around it was just like a picnic we were just a month on the road and wished it was two we had a look at Charleroi and we had a spread here for New Year and well we enjoyed it muchly as this picture shows.

Reverse [5]:
[Handwritten in ink]
Leige on our way through I saw the old forts that helped to stop old Fritzy ? they were solid and no wonder they took a toll off him before he got through but its only a shame now he smacked them about there wasn't a gun left to use what wasn't broke beyond repairs was knocked out of place it must have been a hell on earth while the bombardment lasted we crossed the German borders at a place called Eupen but oh what a different reception we got
[On the right hand side it has] the Cologne Cathedral

Reverse [6]:
[Handwritten in ink]
not a flag flying hardly a smile to be seen plenty of black looks but you ought to have seen our wagons they were covered in flags of all kinds english French Belgian yankee in fact any old flags we could get it was very funny one chap stuck a belgian flag on a Fritzy gate post and well the old girl didn't half go crook but only added to the fun well old man I must ring off now best wishes for a happy new year from your old Pal Bert
[On the left hand hand side it has] The market Place Kalk

[Note — Were among the possessions of Harry Thomas of Reikorangi]
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Postcard [1] from Bert HowellPostcard [1] from Bert Howell
Postcard [2] from Bert HowellPostcard [2] from Bert Howell
Postcard [3] from Bert HowellPostcard [3] from Bert Howell
Postcard [4] from Bert HowellPostcard [4] from Bert Howell
Postcard [5] from Bert HowellPostcard [5] from Bert Howell
Postcard [6] from Bert HowellPostcard [6] from Bert Howell
Postcards [1-3], reverse - from Burt HowellPostcards [1-3], reverse - from Burt Howell
Postcards [4-6], reverse - from Burt HowellPostcards [4-6], reverse - from Burt Howell