Postcards to my
GrandmotherMy great grandfather, Isadore Stanislav
Hermann, Migrated to Australia from South Africa, some time in the first decade of the 20th century, leaving
behind in South Africa, his older children, some of whom had already married, including my
Either Isadore was not a good correspondent, or my grandmother was not a good
hoarder, but none of his communications survived the passage of time.
What I have tried to do here is to collect some of the postcards that he could
have sent home. Postcards from the three decades stretching from the turn of the century until about the early
1930's. Alongside the original postcards, I am showing photographs of their modern equivalent - the views that
would greet the eyes of my own grandchildren, almost one hundred years later.Regrettably some scenes can not be duplicated.
Buildings have been erected in the century since the postcards were printed, or trees have totally obliterated
the scene. I have not included any scenes that no longer exist, where buildings have made way for more modern
edifices, or where man has reshaped nature.
To destinguish old from new, all old postcards have a light grey border and the
modern photo is bordered with pink. (Only a selection of the 'modern' view are included)
View of Western Sydney
Circular Quay and the
The Tank Stream, now Sydney