Thursday, February 09, 2023

a double wedding

Every picture tells a story, season 2, picture 22.

Heinrich our old cellist and previously young poet married Maria Pfersching in the lovely cathedral of Tangermünde in a double wedding ceremony, together with his sister Gertrud who married Robert Goetzky (from Magdeburg I think, at least that's where they settled). Gertrud appeared in a family portrait here. I'm afraid we don't have a photo of both couples together nor of the guests, but here is Gertrud getting engaged in 1906:

the book she holds doesn't have any deeper meaning, I zoomed in to check and it appears to be some kind of holiday brochure:

Worth paying attention though, as the book alerted me to the fact that I have two different photos - the couple very much in the same posture but the book held differently:

And here is a younger Gertrud (marked as ca. 1900 in the album where I found it):

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
  20. missing brothers
  21. the oberlehrer's family
  22. a double wedding

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.

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