Vikki wrote:What is the Heinrich Kreutz watermark on the lower left corner of the photo? Is it photographer's studio information from the back of the photo that you transferred to the front as a watermark?
I think it's a stamp of the photo studio embossed on the photo paper. I've seen such embossed stamps several times on old pictures.
The stamp says:
and because of this I think this is a post-war copy of the wedding photo. Zeil was and is the main shopping street in Frankfurt, very posh. It seems stange that a shop there doesn't have a telephone number. There's obviously space left
on the stamp and due to its strange asymetrical form it looks more like an existing phone number has been removed than anything else.
Zeil street was completely wrecked in an air raid on Frankfurt in March 1944, complete rebuilding took until the 1960s. Until then many shops and stores resided in ruins provisonally repaired or smaller buildings built from the debris (http://www.aufbau-ffm.de/serie/Teil12/teil12.html
). Getting a telephone installed in those times was
very difficult, especially in the early years.
It was quite common that people acquired new copies of important family photos after the war. They came with the scratched and crackled original copies they'd dug out of the rubble of their homes. The photographer made a working copy of the damaged original and then retouched the working copy to remove scratches, water stains, dirt and so on. The working copy then was photographed again to produce a repaired copy for the owner. There's a description of the procedures in the memoirs of former Flakhelferin
Annemarie Heinz who worked as photographer assistant after WWII (Heinz, 1999, p.284).
Anna die Soldatin.
Stieglitz Verlag; Mühlacker, Irdning; 1999