Tuesday, September 16, 2008

A little history

It’s the little treasures that pop up unexpectedly which make postcards so enjoyable. This is a card from Sillé-le-Guillaume and was sent in 1911. It’s not an image that I would have normally chosen to put here. Recently I’ve been discovering a little more about coloured postcards which has made me more interested in the history of postcards. At the bottom of this postcard is the name of the publisher, nothing unusual except for the claim that the company produced the first illustrated French postcard in 1870.

The Château today


Anonymous said...

This made me wonder how the Chateau looked today.(see link below) I see the road has been paved!! :) I love the old stamp too...wonder why they paced it on the front? Thanks for another treasure!!


Anji said...

Piscean rubble: Our village has just had the main street treated in a similar fashion. We are told that the drainage will be better when it rains. Cobbles slow the traffic down too. Other than that, it hasn't changed much

Peter (Worldman): said...

As Piscean rubble says: It is a treasure. And I think it is great that such things continue to exist.

Anji said...

Peter: Living in Europe we tend to take old buildings for granted. I'm sure that they will outlast many of the new buidings under construction today

soulMerlin said...

It's a lovely card Angie and the postage stamp is so artfully placed..that's interesting


ps: Thanks for your lovely comment
about the story...I was very touched by it.

alan said...

I heard somewhere a few years ago that cobbles will last 150 years and our "modern" pavements have to be redone every few years as they rut and disintigrate. I truly wonder which is better...

I can't imagine heating this place if the winter there is as cold as here!


Anji said...

Henry: I'm sorry I don't get round to visit more often.

Alan: I assure you that they do last a long time and they are hell to walk on in high heels.

You often find that smaller rooms have been created inside the bigger ones. Rob works in a monument and it is very cold in the winter - heating has very little effect and is wasteful. They wear heavy coats to work.