A notebook created in 1948 by Roman Robert Söllner, a German-American soldier, containing hand-drawn and colored illustrations,
original verse, and notes in German and English. Pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations accompany the verse and notes. The
author of the notebook generally signs himself "Roman," but also as "Roman Roberts" and "Roman Robert Söllner." Ancestry.com
includes a number of records for a Roman Robert Söllner (1925-1995) born in Germany and naturalized as an American citizen
in Cleveland at the age of 36. That the author of this notebook is a German-American seems highly likely based on fluency
in both languages and the European style of handwriting. Söllner may have been stationed in North Africa, given his satirical
depictions of "Moors" along with drawings of minarets, "Raki" [a Turkish liquor], and drinking brandy under the moonlight
by the Nile River. The notebook also includes several other illustrations, quick sketches of people dancing, a few portrait
studies, and some lists and names of contacts, mostly in the United States.
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