young girl with bouquet of flowers

young girl with bouquet of flowers

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Description (Brief)
real photo postcard of small girl posed in studio holding a large bouquet of flowers in one hand and possibly a letter in the other in which hand-written text has been applied over the letter.
Handwritten text on recto and verso in Hungarian.
(The handwriting lacks punctuation, capitalized sentence-starting and contains a lot of improper and dialect-sounding spelling, likely written by someone with limited educated.)
Translation, recto, on letter portion of image: I'm sending [this] to you, Dear Józska [=Hungarian endearing diminutive of Joseph]
Translation, recto:
Countless greetings to you and
I wish you a Mary Christmas and New Year
holidays from my pure heart
God be with you ['poc'(?) is nonsense, perhaps stands for "peck"/"kiss"] P.
Translation, verso:
Beloved Dear good cousin [=male, older]/ Jozsi [=Hungarian diminutive of Joseph] with these few lines, I am informing that I
am well, which in turn/ I hope also to You [=formal "per Vu"(*)]. Write, how/ is it there. Really, it has been so long since [You] even/ wrote to me. Say, are you perhaps angry/ at me 'valamiént' forgive me/ that I too have not written so long, but since/ the situation is so difficult that it is not/ even describable in this warring world/ Write, Dear Józska, a few lines, I really/ will enjoy them, if a few lines/ I can read. Now I am
in Pest. Back home already more than a/ year I haven't been, since in the Fall/ we went to Italy, and have returned/ in May, and now I am here constantly./ When you receive my lines, write how is it there
and I too will write more, later/ God be with you. Countless greetings, and kiss you as your cousin [=female, younger]/ truly, Paula. 'Banesza'/'Bancsza' [?]
(*) Hungarian routinely uses three forms of address: a close/familiar "per Tu," a formal/respectful "per Vu" and the high-respect "Thou"
Currently not on view
Object Name
real photo postcard
date made
after 1907
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 3 3/8 in x 5 3/8 in; 8.5725 cm x 13.6525 cm
ID Number
catalog number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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