Thursday, December 6, 2012

Ilfracombe, looking back the other way.

From the summit of Capstone Hill, Ilfracombe looking back the other way to where we stood in the last post, the view once looked like this:

armchair antiquarian
Capstone Hill postcard 1917
The card got cropped a little in the scanner. It is impossible to get Google streetview of the same scene, though there are some spot pictures that the yellow man can jump to from this map:

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The red building in the foreground is now the tourist information centre: a pair of grey conical looking buildings. The Emmanuel Church behind the red building didn't seem to have a spire back in old postcard time, otherwise, some of the other old buildings are still there. The gaps have filled in considerably.

The reverse of the postcard looks like this:

The armchair antiquarian
I find this handwriting difficult to read.

The address is something of a tongue-twister: Mrs Dance, Fair View Villa, Binfield, Bracknell, Berks.
It reads:
"I am writing you within a few days. So glad to get letter. I am now at this place Started on Monday. All news in letter love from .......  ............."

The postcard is a photochrom from the Celesque Series posted from Ilfracombe on the 2nd of July 1917 with a 1/2 penny stamp.

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