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Letter to Oskar Speck from his friend Georg Puschel

Date: 6 May 1937
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from John O'Donnell
Classification:Ephemera
Object Name: Letter
Object No: ANMS0535[019]

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    Letter to Oskar Speck from his friend Georg Puschel handwritten letter on grid paper, over one page with text on both sides, in German. Dated 6 May 1937, the letter follows up an issue of Agfa sending film, mentions count Lubner starting a trip in SEA DEVIL, and about his personal kayaking endeavours.
    Translation
    • In a hurry. Dusseldorf, 6 May 1937 Dear Oskar, Several weeks have gone by already since I received your last letter from Surabaya.. I wrote to Agfa straight away and received a response much later, telling me that you had made contact with them directly and that they had sent you a shipment of their films via their distributor in Dutch India. I surely hope that they have sent you a decent amount of film and that you are satisfied. I will continue to explore further avenues in the respect. I find it painful to concede that I can’t always put sufficient effort into your endeavour, due to personal circumstances. As far as I can make out from your plans, you are now tackling the last leg of your journey, i.e. making the big jump across to Australia. What I can’t make out is whether you are planning to use the eastern or western route. Whichever it is, I wish you a happy and successful trip. Please be very careful, will you? I don’t want you to end up like those two pilots a few years ago who almost died of dehydration. By the way, Count [name illegible, possibly Lubner] started off on a new trip with his “Sea Devil” from Hamburg at the end of April. His destination is Australia as well. Maybe you'll be lucky enough to meet him there. There is not much kayaking going on at the moment. It is only for the moment, hopefully. I urgently need a two-seater. Once that problem has been solved, kayaking will be on the agenda once more. My wife is already looking forward to it. It’s not going to happen this year, however. We are expecting a new family member in the middle of June. I recently saw a cinema feature about the natural beauty and life on Bali. It would be nice if you could capture the typical habits of the native peoples. That is always the most interesting aspect. Together with the odd aspect of natural beauty thrown in, that should make for riveting visual entertainment. This time I will finish the letter straight away, otherwise it will languish somewhere for weeks. Have a good trip. All the best from myself and my wife. Your friend Georg

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