I like it! Any speculation about what the image might represent?
You know, I've asked a few people and still haven't come to any firm conclusion. The "No. 41" in the corner tells us it's one in a series and the back shows that I guess it won a medal in a Photography exhibition in Berlin. Not sure what "prümm" means.What's your best guess?
I was thinking Th. Prümm was either the artist's name, or the name of the studio where the card was produced. Prümm is a German last name I believe. ?
Yeah, I think you may be right.
This is one of those optical tricks--anamorphic lettering-- very popular in the 19th century. Its definitely words or a phrase that is stretched and condensed, with another word/phrase turned 90 degrees and placed on top.I think you're supposed to look at it at a steep foreshortened angle to read it-- but it never works for me.let us know what you find!
Yes, Angela, its right ! Prümm is the name of this medal winner.And if you turns the card a little the kryptic lettering is readable, you will find this sentence:"If you love me as I love you"and turned 90 degrees:"Nothing but death shall part us two"How nice !!!
Angela and Falk,You guys ROCK! Thanks for solving that one!
Theodor Prümm had a photo studio in Berlin.He's mentioned in Baden Pritchard's 1885 guidebook, "les ateliers photographiques de l'europe"there's a copy for sale at acanthus.nl at the moment.
Yay how fun! thats great!
Great info. Thanks Greg!
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