Sunday, January 14, 2018

Lovely postcard of that York across the Pond

With regard to this dandy postcard, Wendyvee, who writes the awesome Roadside Wonders blog, served as my "ephemera procurement assistant." The 109-year-old card features York, England, viewed from a segment of its historic wall. York is, of course, the namesake for our city of York (the White Rose City) here in southcentral Pennsylvania. The one over there was founded in 71 AD and ours was founded in 1,670 years later, in 1741. We're just a toddler, by comparison.

York, England, which was founded by Romans as Eboracum (glad that name didn't stick), currently has more miles of intact walls — about 2.1 miles (3.4 kilometers), according to the Visit York website — than any other city in England. Folks can even become a Friend of the Walls and sponsor specific stones in order to help protect and preserve them. The names of some key areas of the walls and gatehouses (called "bars") include Multangular Tower, Bootham Bar, Monk Bar, Walmgate Bar, Micklegate Bar (once the site of Sir Harry Hotspur's severed head on a pike), Fishergate Bar, Victoria Bar, Layerthorpe Bridge, Davy Tower, and Skeldergate.

This postcard is part of the Exclusive Photo Color Series that was published by Photochrom of London. It was mailed from York, England, to Philadelphia and it was stamped at 3 p.m. on July 28, 1909, three days after Louis Blériot became the first person to fly an airplane across the English Channel. (It was also the first international flight.)

The note on this card states:
July 28, 1909
I have come to see the Pageant to-day. Hope you are better. We have had a cold wet summer. Love, [?]"
Indeed, a British weather history website, which is called "Historical weather events" and gives notice on its home page that it could disappear from the web at any time, says the following about the Summer of 1909 in England:
1909 (Summer):
One of the 15 or so COLDEST summers using the CET record (13.9degC / anomaly on 'all-series' of -1.4C) across England & Wales [in a record back to 1659].
> June was the equal (with 1916 and 1972) COLDEST of the 20th century, with CET=11.8degC, anomaly around two-degrees C below the LTA (whichever series is used), and the second-COLDEST (with the other two noted) June in the entire series. A day MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE of just 10degC (presumably this was registered as 50degF) was recorded in Oxford and Bath on the 6th. There was more outstandingly COLD, WET (some significant THUNDERSTORMS) & DULL weather from the 10th to the 12th, and also 20th to 28th. The Trooping the Colour in London was abandoned on the 24th. June was also a very DULL month, with no sunshine at all in London from the 2nd to the 6th.
> July continued WET, with significant / widespread THUNDERSTORMS in the last week of the month - VIOLENT THUNDERSTORMS on the 25th, particularly in Fife. (See also entry against summer 1907, above)[CET]

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