My grandfather was a Technician Fifth Grade with the 723rd Railway Operating Battalion
, Headquarters Company. At some point, the story goes, he befriended a German POW who drew this picture
for him. He sent it back to his wife living in the US. Unfortunately, something was written in the lower left corner that the censors snipped out. We assume it was either the POW's name, the name of the area where they were stationed, or the POW's hometown.
There appears to be some writing on the back. Unfortunately, my grandmother glued it to a thick sheet of cardboard. She also added their names above and below the drawing; you can see a bit at the top and bottom of the image. We took it to a paper conservator about two years ago and they said there was nothing they could do about removing the cardboard.
The image is 4x5 3/4 inches or 10.5x14.5 cm.
Also, my grandfather was second generation American and his family was from south-central Germany. We've wondered if the artist could have possibly been from the same area. As far as we know he never smoked, so we've also wondered if he might have traded for the drawing with his cigarette ration.
I know this is a long shot, but does anyone have an idea of what the drawing is showing? Even longer, any idea who the artist might be? Any ideas of where else I might look for more information?