This postcard is a bit of a mystery. It's from my collection of cards from the early twentieth century, most of which date around 1910-1912. This one has a handwritten date of April 6 but no year and no postmark, so it was probably sent inside a letter, and from the context, I believe it must date from World War I, possibly after the Armistice when the American Expeditionary Force was preparing to leave.
One of my grandmother's brothers brought home a beautiful set of rose-pattern Havilland china from his stay in France during the Great War. I inherited it from my mother; the advantage of being the last of the family -- I got everybody's stuff. The card isn't signed, but I presume it comes from that great uncle (last name, Meyers or Myers) simply because I don't know of anybody else on either side of the family who was in Europe at the time.
The caption reads: Tailly / Zum Lazarett umgewandelte Kirche. I've identified three French cities named Tailly: one on the Cote d'Or, one in the Somme, and one in the Ardennes. I think I can rule out the Cote d'Or -- this has to be somewhere near the fighting, and somewhere pretty close to Germany because the rest of the caption is in German -- it translates as "a military hospital in a converted church." The Tailly in the Ardennes is closer to Rengsdorf, Germany, which is the name of the town that the card was evidently sent from -- it's written above the date.
The message reads:
Well we pack up
All of our things Monday
For the first time in a long
Wile and we must do this
Every day untill we leave
Here they say the weather
Is fine and I say Good Luck to
It sounds to me as if this was written by a soldier. Do you agree? Also, do you have any idea why the picture of a church in a French town would have a German caption and be sent from a town in Germany?
The card was printed by a German company, Schaar & Datke, located in Trier.