August 2009

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This is the fourth set from a collection of about 350 postcards of the Kaiserliche Marine, or the German Imperial Navy. For the main catalog page of this archive, visit WWI German Navy Postcard Collection.

This set includes:

  • S.M.S. Sophie, Segel-Fregatte
  • Depeschenboot Sleipner
  • S.M.S. Sperber
  • S.M.S. Stein
  • S.M.S. Thetis
  • S.M.S. Stosch
  • S.M.S. Straßburg
  • S.M.S. Stralsund
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This is the third set from a collection of about 350 postcards of the Kaiserliche Marine, or the German Imperial Navy. For the main catalog page of this archive, visit WWI German Navy Postcard Collection.

This set includes:

  • Fregattenkapitain von Muller
  • Kapitanleutnant von Mücke
  • Kapitanleutnant Otto Weddigen
  • Kapitanleutnant Weddigen
  • S.M.S. Seeadler
  • S.M.S. Scorpion, Panzerkanonenboot
  • S.M.S. Schwalbe (twice)
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This is a class photo from a school of some sort. The man on the far left in the middle row is Ernst. (There is an “X” scratched onto his chest.) Click for a larger view. And, yes, the man on the right is holding a skeleton!

KaiserlicheMarine_School

A class picture from a navy school.

In 1910-11, Ernst was stationed on the warship Gneisenau, and took a trip from Germany to the Far East. I have a chart from that trip that shows exactly where the ship traveled. I wasn’t able to scan them in because they are too large, but I did photograph them and create a composite image. It’s not perfect, but you get the idea. You can click for a slightly larger view.

Composite image of chart showing 1910-11 Far East Trip of S.M.S. Gneisenau

Composite image of chart showing 1910-11 Far East Trip of S.M.S. Gneisenau

Attached to the back of this chart was a port map. It’s also a composite photograph.

Port Map Composite Image

Port Map Composite Image

Among his other souvenirs from his days in the German Imperial Navy, Ernst had a book of about 160 pages about the Navy and its history. Part of that history might have been near to his heart:

Bekannt ist der Seezug der Franken, die, vom Kaiser Probus am Schwarzen Meer angesiedelt, sich dort Schiffe verschafften und auf dem Wege durch das Mittelmeer raubend und plundernd in ihre Heimat am Rhein zurueckkehren (280 n. Chr).

Roughly, “Known is the voyage of the Franks, who, when relocated to the Black Sea by Emperor Probus, procured ships and then robbed and plundered their way through the Mediterranean, back to their home on the Rhine (AD 280).”

Marine Album Cover

Marine Album Cover

Marine Album Title Page - Berlin, 1910

Marine Album Title Page - Berlin, 1910

Marine Album Contents

Marine Album Contents

This one was particularly interesting. Click for a much larger view.

Cutaway drawing of S.M. Linienschiff "Lothringen"

Cutaway drawing of S.M. Linienschiff "Lothringen"

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This is the second set from a collection of about 350 postcards of the Kaiserliche Marine, or the German Imperial Navy. For the main catalog page of this archive, visit WWI German Navy Postcard Collection.

This set includes:

  • S.M.S. Moltke
  • Unsere Marine – Geschutsexerzieren der Fahnriche
  • Hamburg II
  • (art) Einer von der Bau-ch-Division
  • S.M.S. Kondor
  • Am Vulkan Stettin
  • S.M.S. Seydlitz, Panzerkreuzer
  • S.M.S. Hela
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This is the first set from a collection of about 350 postcards of the Kaiserliche Marine, or the German Imperial Navy. For the main catalog page of this archive, visit WWI German Navy Postcard Collection.

This set includes:

  • S.M.S. Deutschland, Linienschiff
  • Torpedoboot V. 187
  • Torpedoboot G. 169
  • Torpedoboot V. 188
  • S.M.S. Kronprinz
  • S.M.S. Komet
  • (art)
  • Unterseeboot U 29, U 9 (submarines)
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Wedding Song

Here’s a short piano tune I wrote back in the 90′s after I found out that a dear friend was tying the knot. Enjoy!

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Alex Franke - Wedding Song

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This flashcard set includes the 52 Dolch primer words (the second set of words) formatted for printing in portrait orientation on 3×5 index cards in both PDF and MS Word (*.docx) format. (They are among the most used words in the English language and are a great started set if your child is learning to read. Many are true “sight words” which cannot be sounded out and must simply be memorized.)

Print all 52 words onto 13 index cards by loading 13 index cards into your printer in portrait orientation, then printing pages 1-13. Re-load the 10 cards facing the other direction and print pages 14-26. Turn the cards over and print pages 27-39. Turn then around again and print pages 40-52.

The title of the set and the word number (alphabetically ordered) are printed in gray, small text above each word. The words themselves are printed in large Comic Sans font, which looks a lot like handwriting and dones’t have many confusing characters. (For example, the lower case “L” doesn’t look like an upper case “I”, or the number “1”.)

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