A 'Swenglish' journey through family photos, notes and postcards from the early 20th century.

2012-02-16

G.001-2 N.N.

2012_02_16 Sid 12

BREV-KORT / POSTCARD

Poststämpel/postmark: (?)
Till/to: Herr Gustaf Ekman, Odensberg
Från/from: N.N.1

På framsidan står tryckt: N.K.F. Eneret.2
Av baksidan att döma är kortet tryckt i Danmark.

O, hvilken rar
flicka, jag sänder
dig henne att min
hälsning bringa.
fr. v. N.N.

“Oh, what a sweet girl, I send her to bring you my greetings.
From your friend N.N.”

1 N.N. = Nomen nescio (Latin)
Jag känner inte namnet/ I do not know the name
(Jag antar att “v.” står för “vännen”)

2 Eneret betyder ‘patent’ eller ‘monopol’ och indikerar
exklusiv rätt till en design. (Källa: Yahoo! Answers)
Eneret
means ‘patent’ or ‘monopoly’ and indicates
exclusive use of a design. (Source:
Yahoo! Answers)

6 comments:

  1. So many fascinating facets of this. What I notice most though is the brevity of the address. It reminds me of my wife's father's address: Baron's Hill, Linlithgow. How good was that in the 1970s?

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  2. Yes. It reminds me of Scriptor's post the other day about his regular postman, who still seems to come straight out of the "good old days"...

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  3. I see that your intro is in English, but I cannot find English on any of your posts...

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  4. I can't work out why she is dragging the net. Curious? Or am I missing something?

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    1. (If you get two replies to this that's because I got confused by my own comment moderation settings.)
      At first when I saw this postcard I took it to be a Valentines's greeting, because I had seen two or three others of those in the collection, and because of the anonymous sender. But on second thought those other cards were American and I don't think Valentine's day was celebrated in Sweden/Scandinavia in the early 1900s. (This card printed in Denmark.) In a Valentine's context I would have interpreted it as a hint at the sender finding it hard to catch the recipient('s attention) - something like that. If it's not that... I don't know what to make of it either, which is why I left out speculations. Maybe just a funny holiday card from the seaside - possibly with that sort of hinted meaning anyway. Don't you think she's got a sort of disappointed look on her face?

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  5. Funny you should mention Valentines because my immediate reaction to the card was there were hearts in the net but when I looked more closely th4y were stones? If Valentine's day had been celebrated in Sweden/Scandinavia in the early 1900s I might have gone back top wondering if they were meant to represent hearts.
    We may not be able to reach a conclusion but it's still fun to speculate.

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