Friday, 7 May 2010

Zig-zag paths

A slightly unusual vintage postcard topic being shared today ... that of 'zig zag' paths. Again this was something like my Church Parade vintage postcard finds which I assumed were a one-off, but I now have at least 3 zig-zag path vintage postcards of different locations. Thinking about it a bit more, I guess that zig-zag paths are not uncommon ways of negotiating one's way down a steep hill or cliff, but are not perhaps something I would ever imagine appearing on a postcard. Interestingly, all 3 postcards have a pier in the background, so perhaps the view from the zig-path was just another take of a pier postcard.

The Zig-Zag, West Cliff, Cromer, Norfolk, c.1958, by the artist C.T.Howard, published by J.Salmon Ltd., number 4227.

View from Zig-zag path, Bournemouth, Dorset, published by Frith

Zig zag paths, Folkestone, Kent, c.1925, published by Valentine, number 86819


I think my favourite one is probably the one of Folkestone, with all the people in their Sunday best takiing their Sunady promenade or holiday walk.

As always, hundreds of vintage postcards like these can be found on my vintage postcards web site

14 comments:

  1. Love the different views of the zig zag path. Thanks for visiting my blog.
    Judy

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  2. great post! the bournemouth and norfolk views are incredibly similar...happy PFF!

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  3. These beautiful vintage cards inspire me to go there, zig-zagging along the British coast. Happy PFF.

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  4. I love the views of zigzag roads - paths are just as neat! Maybe I just need more hills in my life - it's pretty flat here. :) Happy PFF!

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  5. Zig-zags work to make the climb easier - and usually no stairs. Happy PFF!

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  6. I think we need to go back to zig-zags (especially as I get older!)!!!! Wonderful, fun cards! Happy PFF!

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  7. The Folkestone one looks idyllic, with its chalk cliffs and piers. I do love a zigzag path.

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  8. I'm sure the zigs and zags worked much better in icey and snowy weather. The little walk to my front door is a zig zag. Happy PFF!

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  9. Those are similar to switchbacks in the mountains.

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  10. What an interesting post- Thanks for sharing!

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  11. You should look for a postcard of Masada, in Israel near the Dead Sea. I was there last month, and the climb up to the archeological site on top of the mountain is along a zig-zag path called the "Snake Path." It would fit in your collection very nicely!

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  12. Great post cards. Zig Zags do help make the climb easier. In my Sunday best I think I would prefer that to the exhausting vertical climb. PFF Thanks for sharing.

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  13. The Folkestone zig-zag was designed to allow bath chairs to be wheeled from the Leas, at the top of the cliff, down to the undercliff walk. That whole area has recently been restored to form pleasant walks. I live nearby. :)

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  14. Those are all neat. I love that first one though.

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