I found some handwriting on the sleeve of an old vinyl recording, and I'm curious what it says. I tried Google translate, but I know nothing about German so I can't figure out the handwriting from context. Anyway, image follows:

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I guess "Bitte" is something along the lines of "Please", and the last word might be a name (Onua? Anna?). Anyone know?

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's about deciphering handwriting, where knowledge of the german language is very helpful, but since latin characters are essentially the same in so much languages, and the text can easily be translated word by word with a dictionary, I vote to close. The question ins't useful or interesting for any later visitor. Jan 14, 2017 at 2:19
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    »Bitte aufräumen, Oma.« (The comma is not there in the original, but the Oma at the bottom is like a signature.)
    – Jan
    Jan 14, 2017 at 19:02

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It translates to: "Please clean up, grandmother".
Bitte = Please, aufräumen = clean up, Oma = Grandmother (more like grandma actually.)

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    Any reason to think this is a note to your grandmother, or (as Jan says above) a note from your grandmother?
    – cduston
    Jan 14, 2017 at 20:26
  • @cduston If it was a note to grandmother, a comma between aufräumen and Oma would be mandatory, because then Oma would be part of the (shortened) sentence. If the note is from her, then Oma is a signature and the comma is optional (as long as spacing makes it unambiguous, which is the case here) - so: no, there is no reason to think it is to her. Jun 20, 2019 at 10:20

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