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The Market Square
This photo is a rare view of the building in the Wysokie Market square:

town square
The market square building.

The text stamped on the photo at upper left is in Polish:

Wysokie-Litewskie
[illegible] Targowa

town square reverse
(photo reverse)

The inscription in Yiddish on the reverse side:

-מוטער(?) דער בילד וועט דיר מיט
-געבן א סאך צו דער-
-מאנאן פארשטייט זיך
מען האט דער בילד
געמאכט ווען קיינער
איז אין גאס נישט
געזעסן(?) האב אהערינערינג

Translated to English:
Mother, this photo will give you much to remember.
Of course, the photo was taken when nobody was sitting [?] in the street.
A remembrance from Visoki.

The vertical Yiddish text at left, גאלדע וואלף, the sender's signature, transliterates to: Golde Wolf.

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Notes: There are no punctuation marks and no clear spaces in the original Yiddish text. The last word of first and second lines was divided because there was no place for the last part of the word. I could not decipher for sure the first word. Question marks are placed at words not clear in the handwriting. --H.K.

The Polish word targowa means market. The construction and layout of the single-story portion of the market building are familiar from other photos, which further confirms the identity of this scene, but the two-story building(s) at right are not seen in any other photos. The date of this photo is not given , but photos from the 1930s show a more tidy, modern scene and better-dressed people. Could this be a view from before WWI, which would make it rarer still?

Compare this painting by the Polish artist Jozef Charyton, who lived in Wysokie before and during WWII (We have his unique account of the Holocaust in Wysokie, here.) The locale of this painting is not documented. Charyton painted multiple central market scenes of nearby Siemiatycze, none of which include a building resembling this one. Is it possible that Charyton painted this from life in Wysokie, or even from the same photo?

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