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Letter from Pionier Faltbootwerft to Oskar Speck

Date: 11 February 1939
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Nancy Jean Steele Bequest
Object Name: Letter
Object No: ANMS0538[027]

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    Letter from Pionier Faltbootwerft to Oskar Speck typed in German on Pionier Faltbootwerft / H. Hoflmayr & Co.'s letterhead. Dated 11 February 1939, the letter states they will be sending a new main sail and jib without a mast to him immediately, will not put swastika on jib but in a more sportsmanlike position on the boat. Complaint about his photographs - using the wrong film and they want photos of the local environment rather than himself and the boat, but it will improve.
    • Pionier Faltbootwerft [Pionier Shipyard for Collapsible Boats] Via Airmail Mr. Oskar Speck Vanimo British New Guinea Via Australia Poste restante 11.2.1939 Dear Mr. Speck, We confirm receipt of your letter from Manokwari, dated 20 January, and inform you that we did not receive your preceding letter in which you mentioned capsizing. We will immediately send you a parcel containing a main and a jib sail without a mast to Vanimo immediately. We shall refrain from putting a swastika flag on the jib, as this would be absolutely un-sportsmanlike and untypical of sailors. Worldwide, the national flag is either attached to the top of the mainsail, or in caseif the boat isn’t under sail, it’s attached to a tilted flagstick at the stern. Particularly yYou should not violate such rules, especially if you want to appear as both a sportsman and seaman, rather than giving the impression of mere tramping. Therefore, the mainsail we will be sending you, will have a proper swastika flag put on the top end of the [boat term not found, German suggests "back end']. We thank you for the two small negatives you sent us and hope you won’t be offended by the following comments we’d like to make: 1. You are usinge an ISS Agfa film which, for your purposes, is totally inappropriate. Your film is very fastxxt and therefore is accordingly very large-grainedy. It is a film especially made for cabaret photography or the like. It is not at all suitable for [outdoor photos in] tropical regions. 2. The negatives are totally useless anyway; it’s not only because they are very grainylarge-grained and out of focusunfocused, but also because of the motifves. Your task is not about tmaking pictures showing you together with a “Pionier” boat. Even if you aren’t a master photographer, you should at least try to tmake some topical photos, which shouldn’t be too hard on such an enormously long journey, e.g. photos of local harbours, native settlements, pile dwellings, encounters with canoes and other native vehicles etc, etc. Together with the sails you will find 2 Agfa Isopan FF films with the new daylight -insertion package and instructions. We hope you will employ these films and produce something useful. Page 2 of the letter to Mr. Speck, Vanimo of 11/.2/.1939 We hope our strong criticism hasn'twon’t offended you.; Aafter all, it will be to your own benefit, if you use good photo material. The films won’t be nearly be as fast, i.e. compared with the Isopan ISS film, so exposure time will be at least twice as long. Furthermore, you should not cut the negatives individually. Modern enlargers require at least 3 picturesimages in a row for proper handling. Best wishes for your ongoingfurther journey. Yours sincerely and Heil Hitler Signature

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