Monday, July 12, 2010

Photo Number 250


I happened along this photo this past weekend in a shop that I will call Dorset 3 as it is the third Antique Shop we have visited in Dorset, Minnesota.   The Graf Waldersee was built by Blohm and Voss of Hamburg in 1898 for the Hamburg Amerika Line.  In later years it was taken over from Germany in WWI as a troop transport service.

This must be part of the crew, perhaps there is someone that can translate the German?? written at the bottom of the photo.  This must be part of the crew, and the photo was probably taken in 1906.  If they are not crew perhaps they are a group of immigrants??
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Update from Ena! Thanks!! 
the german at the bottom is hard to read.. I think, it means in german: "Zum Andenk. Neujar in New York." translation: in memory of new year's day in new york.

6 comments:

  1. Or they could be immigrants earning their way across the ocean by working on the ship. That's how my grandfather came across from Sweden in the early 1900's. Love these old photos. :)

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  2. I think these are the boilermen. The shovels make me think they spent a long time below decks shoveling coal, and they each seem to have a kerchief around their neck to wipe away the sweat.

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  3. That old script is impossible for me to read - All I can make out is "New York". The beer keg and tap in the middle of it is a riot! :) I'd go with "crew members" relaxing while in New York. It is very likely that they did bring some emigrants with them.

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  4. What a great photograph and what a great find. I too suspect they are crew members - what a wonderful assortment of expressions.

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  5. the german at the bottom is hard to read.. I think, it means in german: "Zum Andenk. Neujar in New York." translation: in memory of new year's day in new york.

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  6. Hi Ena, Thanks for the translation! I appreciate it! :)

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Connie