Friday, September 1, 2017

Postcard: Wood carriers of Amalfi

Labor Day Weekend Postcard Blogathon #3

Here's another postcard that was mailed — approximately 1,313 full moons ago — to Lizzie Williams of Newville, Pennsylvania. (Here's the other one to Lizzie.) This sepia-toned card is from the beautiful 6th century seaside town of Amalfi, Italy.1 Portatrici di legna translates to "wood carriers," which is certainly what the woman on the left is doing, quite impressively. She looks like she wants the photographer to hurry up and finish his business, so that she can be on her way.

This postcard was published by A. Fusco Dipino and was mailed with a red 10-centesimi (cent) stamp. The note reads:
Naples, July 7, 1911
Dear Sister,
We reached Naples Wednesday morning and since then I have visited the ruins of Pompeii and have gone to Capri and Sorrento. To-morrow afternoon I expect to start for Rome.

1. A bit of Amalfi history, from Wikipedia: "First mentioned in the 6th century, Amalfi soon afterwards acquired importance as a maritime power, trading grain from its neighbours, salt from Sardinia and slaves from the interior, and even timber, in exchange for the gold dinars minted in Egypt and Syria, in order to buy the Byzantine silks that it resold in the West. ... In medieval culture Amalfi was famous for its flourishing schools of law and mathematics. Flavio Gioia, traditionally considered the first to introduce the mariner's compass to Europe, is said to have been a native of Amalfi."

For another Papergreat post featuring Amalfi, check out "8 stupendo vintage postcards of Italy."

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