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    Posted 5 years ago

    SpiritBear
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    I picked it up as I thought it was maybe some cute 1910s German-American piece to hang on the wall. You know, some inspirational text.

    Upon sitting down to read it, I struggled to translate it, in which I then put it through Google Translate for assistance. That came back with something like, Welcome the stranger to the homeland, and the homeland becomes foreign.

    I then opened the photograph up to find clues, and I found out it was actually a postcard from some company called Lo Vo Kunst.

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    1. freon freon, 5 years ago
      Nice calligraphy.
    2. OlofZ OlofZ, 5 years ago
      Nice! Hard to translate but more like Welcome the stranger to your home, but never let your homeland be a foreign place (or a strange country). Heimat could both mean home and homeland, Fremde could both mean foreign or strange/stranger. A sayings ascribed to the German writer Albert Schiffner: "Lass dir die Fremde zur Heimat, aber nie die Heimat zur Fremde werden". Does it say Margot Drozets on the back?
    3. SpiritBear, 5 years ago
      Freon, it is pretty.

      OlofZ, thank you for your translation and information. It says, Margot Drozets (albeit the s looks a lot like the z).
    4. freiheit freiheit, 5 years ago
      This is very poetic. If I may add my 5 cents to it, it means freely translated:
      May the foreign land become your homeland but never allow your homeland to become foreign to you.
      How poignant; it is easy to feel at home somewhere else but we might feel like strangers in our own home/world.
    5. SpiritBear, 5 years ago
      Thank you kindly, freiheit.

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