An Unknown Group by maggiemae

An Unknown Group

This is from my Mother's photograph album and was taken in 1931. It appears to be in Freiburg, Germany but I'm not sure who the group is and it is not in her diaries. However, it is so clear and obviously from a good camera that I think it interesting to note the costumes and faces, hats and places. My mother is 7th from the right in the front line. She appears to have socks on!

I also thought I'd share with you a poem in her diary. Bearing in mind it is 1931 and before the 2nd World War.
"Sing a song of Europe
Highly civilized
Four and twenty nations
Thoroughly hypnotized
Then the battles opened
The bullets began to sing
Wasn't that a silly thing
To do for any King

The Kings were in the background
Issuing commands
The Queens were in the parlour
By etiquette's demands
The Bankers wer in their counting house
Busy multiplying
And all the rest were at the Front
Doing all the dying"

It is quite funny until you come to the last line!
How cool is that
December 13th, 2012  
What an amazing photo. It would be wonderful to know who they were, eh. Did she live for a time in Germany? As I look at your mom, you do resemble her.

Yeah, the poem is fun, until the end.



December 13th, 2012  
A great poem for the time. Stunning clear photo for those times too.
December 13th, 2012  
What an amazing photo both historically and also for it's incredible quality, as you say, it must have been a very good camera. How frustrating not to know who any of them were!
December 13th, 2012  
@yonnie She travelled through Germany on this trip for some reason, Yvonne. I think it might have something to do with "The Oxford Group" that she was in and they had connections with Germany. It's quite weird this group to read about - we were brought up with their standards!
December 13th, 2012  
Vee
What a great vintage photo! And whoever wrote that poem had quite the wit!
December 13th, 2012  
Maybe if you sent a copy to a library in Freiburg, someone could identify it. The building behind it is very impressive. I'll have to look up the Oxford Group -- I used to know more about them than I do now!
War never changes -- it's always the young men who die, not the kings and presidents and the titans of industry.
December 13th, 2012  
A great photo to bring to life history, but the poem also rings so true from tha time period, and it was only going to get worse. .
December 13th, 2012  
Oh. What a great picture, how amazing to have a piece of history like this
December 13th, 2012  
This is just Awesome Maggie, How amazing to have her diary & this wonderful photo.....What a lady!! : )
December 14th, 2012  
@catwoman2 I presume it is Freiburg as the other ones alongside it state that. However, I've been through her Germany Diary and there is no mention of the photo! Of course, I got intrigued by this diary and now have lost over an hour of my day!
December 14th, 2012  
Very awesome shot! Great piece of history! Super!
December 14th, 2012  
Cool
December 14th, 2012  
i love this! mom is also one of the few that is smiling for the camera.
December 14th, 2012  
@chard Some of them do look pretty grim, don't they!
December 14th, 2012  
This has such an amazing vintage look, but it is so crisp it seems more like it was shot today with actors. What a precious gift these photos and journal of your mother's!
December 14th, 2012  
Very cool vintage photo. Love the accompanying poem, too. How amazing to go through your history!
December 14th, 2012  
awesome! so special! thanks for the follow :)
December 14th, 2012  
This so clear, what a fantastic and interesting shot!
December 14th, 2012  
You are right, this is very good quality image. Interesting story.
December 14th, 2012  
Lyn
Wow. . .this is incredible. . .I love that you continue to explore the things your mother did and to learn from all you're finding.
December 14th, 2012  
What a fantastic group photo. Oh how times have changed.
December 14th, 2012  
an incredible vintage photo, so clear and sharp - a treasure
December 14th, 2012  
Oh fabulous, i always love looking at old pics, the fashions, the faces....
December 14th, 2012  
What an amazing photo to have
December 14th, 2012  
Beautiful old photo, your mother smiles so lovely. Great poem as well. Thanks for sharing both
December 14th, 2012  
@noragentian Thats a nice thing to say, Ruth! I love it!
December 14th, 2012  
A great Photograph from the past Maggie, lovely building in the background.
December 14th, 2012  
Great photo Maggie. Makes you wonder doesn't it? I used to lose whole days doing my family history.
December 14th, 2012  
What a fantastic photo, Maggiemae. Too bad you do not know who is in it besides your Mom. Love the poem till the last line. You are so blessed to have so much history of your Mom.
December 14th, 2012  
@darsphotos I have only just found this out, Darlene - her diaries are so interesting!
December 14th, 2012  
@tonygig I don't know what building it is, though, Tony!
December 14th, 2012  
this reminds me of an old horror movie lol
December 14th, 2012  
JH
Fascinating. Thanks for sharing!
December 14th, 2012  
Fantastic photograph and I love the way your Mother is smiling. Very beautiful poem :)
December 14th, 2012  
eva
Such an amazing photo and poem, and such treasures for you. Thanks for sharing.
December 14th, 2012  
bep
This is fantastic, Maggiemae. Amazing poem.
December 14th, 2012  
lovely. Thank you so much.
December 14th, 2012  
What a treasure. Thank you so much for sharing - and yes, I believe she does have on socks.
December 14th, 2012  
Amazing photo, and so clear and in focus! How wonderful to have so many tangible memories of your Mum.
December 14th, 2012  
That poem is pretty much spot on - and the mention of bankers is interesting - in 'The Hare with the Amber Eyes' Edmund de Waal describes the ostentatious wealth and influence of his Jewish banking ancestors (and the resentment towards them) and of course the terrible fate that followed. Cracking photo - content and quality.
December 14th, 2012  
Oh wow! That poem is so apt! Your mom had a good grip on what was going on!
December 14th, 2012  
Oh wow Maggie, this is amazing :) x
December 14th, 2012  
Wonderful to see such an historical shot with all those fabulous outfits xx
December 14th, 2012  
Fabulous vintage photograph!
December 15th, 2012  
amazing piece of history
December 15th, 2012  
You mum was quite a woman! Love the vintage photo, so well preserved and that poem is fantastic!!
December 15th, 2012  
wow, what a great vintage shot, this will work so well in conjunction with your mum's transcript.
December 15th, 2012  
love those hats!!!!
December 15th, 2012  
@northy Yes, Northy - what about that woman 5th along in the front row!
December 16th, 2012  
Jo
What an interesting time it must have been and they no idea what was to come . Beauitful photo.
December 16th, 2012  
What an amazing vintage photo! How amazing to have her diary & photos
December 17th, 2012  
I love old photographs like this. They are a window to the past. The poem could have been written about our congress and their penchant for taxing us to death. They have no clue how we live because they are exempt from them- just as kings are exempt from fighting on the front line. Such is the way of power.
December 17th, 2012  
What an incredible photo!!! So much detail and to see your Mom right there in the front! I bet she was a character! Loving all of her travels and experiences!
December 19th, 2012  
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