Within the packet of pictures my dad sent to his father in 1946 from Cologne, Germany are about 20 that appear to have been purchased. The 20 pictures show scenes of what appear to be prewar Cologne.
The packet contained about 40 other pictures that appear to have been taken by my dad with the exception of the two 6 3/4″ by 4 1/2″ large prints I profiled in part 3.
Most of the pictures measure 3 1/2″ by 2 1/2″.
Five pictures measure 2″ by 3″and may have been given to my dad by a friend.
Three pictures are 4″ by 2 1/2″ and appear to have come from yet another friend’s camera. There is no way to tell for sure of course. The one sure thing appears to be a great deal of variety in the size of photos.
The series of 8 pictures below measure 4 1/4″ by 3″. There is an imprint (watermark?) on the back of 7 of the 8 that reads agfar Brovira.
An INET search turned up a blogger who determined the marking was that of the photo paper’s manufacturer and that agfar Brovira represents the wartime type paper used for prints. Apparently, the paper is quite rare and collectible in its original condition.
Most of the pictures have scribbling that seem to indicate the 7th Army. None of the other pictures have this marking presumably because my dad’s battalion was transferred to the 5th Army. I’m further speculating that perhaps the series was taken on the way to the transfer since Cologne appears to be the destination and dad was with the 5th Army then.