Most of my postcards are quite old, but this one is more recent (in comparison to the others). 1981 doesn’t seem that long ago to me because I was a teenager then! But to many people I guess it’s still vintage! (What does that say about me??)
The photo quality certainly looks more like the ’70s or ’80s. You can see from the banner hanging on the Rialto Bridge that the Palazzo Ducale was showing an exhibit of Venetian “vedutisti” or landscape painters. I always choose postcards that include gondolas. I wonder if any of the gondoliers pictured here are still alive? The guy on the right looks a little like one of the gondoliers I know, but maybe it’s his father!
I asked a couple of my students from Germany to help me decipher and translate the writing on the back. We believe it says “Aus Jesolo senden liebe” or “From Iesolo sending love.” The next bit is near inscrutable. What do you all make of it?
For the postscript, my students thought it said, in translation, “My card from Paris in May …something something… Here there are many nice people.” “Menschen” is underlined. Is there a secret meaning there? Maybe the sender met a particularly nice man? I can’t make out who the sender is, so it’s hard to make sense of the message let alone any coded message!
This postcard went to Vienna, Austria, to the Family of E. Dobner on Anzengruber strasse 54. According to Google, this is what the place looks like.