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Stuttgart - Hauptstätter Strasse (1905 Postcard)

Hauptstätter Strasse, a main street in the center of Stuttgart, Germany, in a 1905 postcard view. This may be near the beginning of the business day. Wagons are being loaded and unloaded at stores,or maybe for sale in the street..

 

The photo was dated 1905 by the publisher. I see one motor vehicle in the background, under the white building, and one possible in the foreground. The other vehicles are mostly wagons, some left without horses. There is a delivery tricycle in the right foreground. The location is approximate.

 

This is an original postcard, not a reproduction. The reverse of the card is completely written in English, with impressions of Stuttgart by someone who was on an extended trip. The card must have been mailed in an envelope. I guess that the writer was a woman (British by the spelling and military references), but neither the handwriting nor the text gives proof. The text might be of interest. I had to guess at a few words.:

 

"Very interestng old castles & houses in & near the town. A large University & the students are as in all German universities divided into corps - and wear the most gorgeous caps of cloth - pink hue orange green purple, & every variety of shades There are also every other colour and white. They all have their faces slashed with sword cuts as they have corps fights & it is a point of honor to have as many horrid scars on the face as they can. It makes them so ugly & nasty to look at.

 

"Lots of soldiers here too. It is a large garrison town & we have seen any numer of regiments marching. Ml[itary?] bands play every day in the large park opposite the Royal Palace.

 

"This card shows one of the streets with market wagons, etc. I hope you will have a nice trip with the 5th Reg[iment?] I hear you have had a cold spring. Love to you all. C.A."

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Taken sometime in 1905