This tool enables you to search, sort, and browse a collection of 380 postcards written by Ernst Franke, to Charlotte (“Lotte”) Fink, the woman he later married. The cards were written between 1914 and 1917, and feature ships, people, and scenes from Germany’s Imperial Navy (Kaiserliche Marine), around the time of World War I.
This collection browser tool is still being updated to include the full collection. You can follow the progress of the project and subscribe to updates on this blog. The index page (or catalog page) for this postcard collection specifically is here: WWI German Navy Postcard Collection.
If you have any questions or would like to contribute to this project, please contact me through the blog site. Your comments on the blog posts are also welcome (in fact encouraged!) — especially if you can contribute additional information, translations, transcriptions, or corrections.
INSTRUCTIONS: Use the control bar at the top to search for text, choose a language, filter by subject, sort, or change pages. Click on the green title bars to display or hide the detail view of the postcard.