Postcards to my grandmother
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My 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 grandmother. 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, not all scenes can 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 distinguish old from new, all new images have curved corners.  (Not all of the postcards will have a ‘modern’ view) At any page, clicking on our snail mail icon will transport you right back here. The web site is sorted on a geographic basis and includes Australia, South Africa and the UK
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Last updated December 21 2017
Postcards to my Grandmother

My 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 grandmother.

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, not all scenes can 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 distinguish old from new, all new images have curved corners.  (Not all of the postcards will have a ‘modern’ view) At any page, clicking on our snail mail icon will transport you right back here. The web site is sorted on a geographic basis and includes Australia, South Africa and the UK Unfortunately, this site is not configured for the small screen.  Just a few postcards have been posted here.  For more, use a devise with a larger screen size
Postcards to my grandmother