Saturday, 23 March 2013

Sepia Saturday 169 - vintage postcards of obelisks and monuments

A return to my vintage postcards blog for this week's Sepia Saturday. I'm staying on theme this week but have looked a bit further into the distance on this week's picture, and am theming on the monument in the background. So, this be an obelisk, admittedly a mightily big one, my first picture is a sepia, vintage postcard of the obelisk (or obelisque) at Matarieh, which is in Cairo. I've written blog posts featuring vintage postcards of Egypt in the past, but don't think I included this postcard before.

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Sepia, vintage postcard of the Obelisque at Matarieh, Cairo, Egypt

The next picture is also of an obelisk, and shows the Martyr's Monument and Bathing station at St. Andrew's, in Scotland. This vintage postcard is one I don't actually recall in my collection, but it came up when I searched through my database for monument. Interestingly it also features a bathing station, and although having written a vintage postcard blog post about outdoor baths and bathing pools back in 2010, I didn't feature this postcard then either.

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Vintage postcard of the Martyr's Monument and Bathing Station, St. Andrew's, Scotland

Finally, we have the Wallace Monument, in Stirling, Scotland. This actually fits the theme in two ways, in that it aligns to my original choice of monuments, but is also artist drawn, so maybe there were a cluster of artists gathered around this landmark, bringing it to life on canvas.
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Vintage postcard of the Wallace Monument, Stirling, Scotland

As usual, loads more vintage postcards can be found on my web site, and in fact over the past week or so I have added 70 or more new additions.

    

12 comments:

  1. An Obelisk is an Obelisk, except when it's the Wallace Monument. I've never seen one like that before. Good take on the theme.

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  2. I wonder how many more obelisks are out there. It seems to have been a popular style for memorials and such.

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  3. Obelisks must be more common than I realized.

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  4. The starkness of the first postcard - I presume it's taken in winter or early spring - makes it quite different from the others. The obelisk is almost overshadowed by the trees.

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  5. Of course for me, I find that tree in the first photo to be excellent! I like how you went upward with style in focusing on the obelisks! They are marvelous!

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  6. Photographers are always drawn to such monuments, I suspect I have taken hundreds of pictures of towers and obelisks over the years.

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  7. I have been in that bathing pool at St Andrews and can vouch for hiw cold it was. Takes me back to my university days.

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  8. The first obelisk is amazingly old, 1900 BC if I the reference is correct. It's curious that this style of tower has continued to be a popular memorial.

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  9. It's amazing how the first two obelisks look just like the Washington Monument. But the Wallace monument is spectacular. Wow. Would love to see it in person. Is it still there?
    Nancy

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  10. Yes, very good take on the theme. My mother gave me a marble obelisk paperweight as a gift once. The thing is huge and weighs a ton and I am afraid to use it as I almost always nearly poke myself in the eye when moving it around!

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