By Robbie Griffiths
Hilde Lotz-Bauer – a construct of course, but one created by Hilde, but also of the paternalistic age!
She was born in 1907, Hilde Helene Caroline Bauer to August Bauer & Bertha Bauer (née Sollman).
As a young photographer she had created a stamp to identify herself as creator.
In 1934 she married Bernhard Degenhart and sometime after that had another stamp made. It is interesting that she combines her surname with her husband's, but her first name disappears.
In 1939 she and Degenhard split, and Hilde reverts to identifying herself by her maiden name.
In 1941, she marries Wolfgang Lotz and creates her third and final stamp, now using the name we identify her with today.
These are the only stamps she had, but she also identified herself mostly on the back, but sometimes underneath the photo as:
29 April 2020