Thursday, January 12, 2023

patchwork portraits

Every picture tells a story, season 2, picture 19.

Of the ca. 15 children coming out of the East Prussian patchwork family, we have seen Auguste Faust as a young woman in Allenburg, at the bottom of the stairs of her workplace, and then again half a century later with her sisters in Lippstadt, West Germany.

I don't have individual portraits of all the siblings as young adults, but here's what I've got. First, have another one of young Auguste (loving the Vermeer-style setup with the window):

Maybe the small book hints at the occasion being her confirmation?

This is the only one I have of Luise (later: Hiesske), which dates from 1925.

Concerning their other siblings, we have no early portraits of Johanna (Krieger) but lots later in life, and none whatsoever of the older brother, Karl Otto Faust. There are images of Adolf Faust who probably didn't survive WW1:

I'm guessing he belongs to the first Faust family in the patchwork. Which may also be the case for aunt Therese, whose mysterious position in the family tree I will investigate later.

Should anybody have any answers to some of the many questions I am raising in this series, please leave a comment here (I'll need to vet it, so it may take a few days before it goes public) or contact me at michaelgrr [at] yahoo [dot] co [dot] uk

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Season 2 so far:

  1. could be a cousin
  2. two weddings in Silesia
  3. off to Canada
  4. off to Australia
  5. a very romantic poet
  6. fireman August
  7. 50 hundredweight of coffee
  8. mysterious Minden people
  9. horses for Hedwig
  10. guessing the great-grandmothers
  11. cousin Charlotte
  12. three sisters
  13. travelling saleswoman
  14. family portrait
  15. dancing chemist
  16. games time
  17. desperately searching Wilhelm
  18. the third Hedwig
  19. patchwork portraits

I started a twitter thread for season 2 here. However, as the bird site seems to be turning into an evil empire, I have now switched to logging the entries in a similar thread on Mastodon.

The twitter thread for season 1 is still here. It only loads 30 tweets at first, so you have to click "show more" a couple of times to get all 40 entries. Alternatively, visit the last instalment and find the numbered list of entries at the bottom.

I'm also adding all photos from this series to my family history album on flickr.

See also my Lost Cities series (which may get an extension at some point).

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