Mom has a big birthday today. I thought I'd post this picture of her from November, 1943. It's a Father's Day card she made while living with relatives in Sweden and Bengt was working as a journalist in Berlin. Love you, Mom.
Harry Koenig was stationed in Japan, as well as China. Here his wife Augusta and daughters Kathe and Hildegard (my grandmother) show off their Japanese clothing. The family lived in China, Japan, Africa, and Germany. Click either image to enlarge.
My grandmother Hildegard Koenig Paul, future journalist. I have her portable Erikatypewriter. Not sure what the writing says on the back. Can anybody out there speak German and read the handwriting?
UPDATE from my cousin Veronica Stolt: "I asked my mother about the scribblings on the back of the picture of Hildegard infront of the wallpaper, which is not from 1912, but probably 1919 (she looks older than 12 in the picture). It says "Ich in meinem goldgelben Biedermeier zu unserm Maskenball 1919" which means "I in my golden yellow Biedermeier for our Masquerade Ball." (Biedermeier was a style that developed right before the industrial revolution). My mother is puzzled by the comment "Robert" and "Morgan Koenig". Perhaps to be continued?"
Top photo with my grandmother, Hildegard Koenig Paul, third from left. Middle photo: Hildegard's children Christa, Birgit, Heye, and Hildegard. Bottom photo: Hildegard's grandchildren Tom, Chris, Lisa and Jim Nolan, and Tim Urban, Jim Nolan, King, and Larry Urban. Click any image to enlarge.