Thursday, June 16, 2022

open doors

Every picture tells a story No. 40

Season finale - as the list of entries gets a bit unwieldy, I am going to close this door and open another one in a few weeks time.

Auguste from the East Prussian patchwork family, who worked in Allenburg at the bottom of the steps moved to Hamborn on the river Rhine (now part of Duisburg) in October 1922, aged 24. The following year she married fellow East Prussian Ernst Leopold and stayed at Hamborn the rest of her life.

She lived there at four different addresses over the years, here she is entering the house in Knappenstraße 43, where she lived with her family from the 1920s through to the mid 1960s, in a photo dating from the 1950s:

Knappe in this context refers to a skilled miner working below ground. Although it's emphatically not named after a poet or writer, the Knappenstraße is part of the poets' quarter (see also this link), a large housing development built between 1905 and 1924 for workers of the rapidly growing steal and mining. A photo of the street appears in this document on page 22.

This photo is also on flickr.

Every picture tells a story series - season 1 now complete:

  1. string quartet Wuppertal Elberfeld 1927
  2. greetings from Adamsweiler
  3. Gastwirthschaft Ferd. Weirich
  4. quartet times three
  5. Neumühl 1923
  6. Tangermünde railway station 1889
  7. a singing lesson
  8. bei Wilhelm Geppert
  9. a bakery at Lorsch 1900
  10. Consumgeschäft von Julius Düsselmann
  11. Hanna and Ruth
  12. a young chemist
  13. school's out at Reichenstein, 1886
  14. a patchwork family in East Prussia
  15. the case of the missing grandmother
  16. checkpoint Glaner Brücke 1929(ish)
  17. finding Mimi
  18. five sisters, five decades
  19. happy at home
  20. gone milking
  21. steel workers
  22. field work
  23. what to wear at Porta Westfalica
  24. a classic convertible
  25. at the bottom of the steps
  26. a forester's family
  27. the Kaiser visits Allenburg
  28. teaching the 'deaf-mute'
  29. a guard dog called Schluck
  30. party like it's 1956
  31. the case of the mysterious uncle
  32. three Hedwigs and a baby
  33. a lost generation
  34. lost illusions
  35. pursued by a bear
  36. three daughters
  37. happy 240th birthday
  38. three sisters
  39. wedding styles
  40. open doors

Alternatively, you can use this twitter thread as an illustrated table of contents.

In a somewhat roundabout way, this series relates to my research for the family history music memoir I have now completed in a first version.

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