Round Tour > America 6/6
Keeping in Touch
In an age without the Internet or the telephone, letters were the only way of keeping in touch with family and friends back home. This has been very helpful to historical research, which has a great deal of firsthand written accounts of daily life in America to fall back on.

Visits to or from Germany were very much the exception until the mid-20th century, largely because of the expensive and arduous journey. Photographs were a substitute for personal encounters. People could see children growing up, and their parents and family growing older, or they could turn emigration into a success story by posing, proudly and well-nourished, in front of their very own house in the New World. Presents sent in both directions also kept people aware of each other - and in times of war or crisis, packages sent from America provided very welcome support.

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