Thursday, June 3, 2021

Sculpted door frames ... ornamentation of a bygone era

This is the 900th post that falls under the "Postcards" label.
This postcard, which was published in 1908, features the Kreuzbrunnen Colonnade in Mariánské Lázně (perhaps better known by the German name Marienbad). Mariánské Lázně is now in the Czech Republic. At the time of this postcard — well, it's complicated. I'd need an expert on European history to explain it all. Is it best to just say this was Bohemia at the time?

The structures to the center and right are part of Kreuzbrunnen, which was built in 1888-1889 in the Baroque style. Circa 1951, it was renamed Maxim Gorky's Colonnade.

I can't tell what year the postcard was mailed, but it was sent to Miss Blanche Applegate in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

The cursive note reads:
Dear Blanche — Have outlined the roof of the hotel in which I am staying and which is just visible over the Brunnen. My address during August will be — Adelheitstr 73, Wiesbaden, Germany. Am at present down here in Austria getting up strength for next winter. Best wishes for western trip. Lovingly, [indecipherable]

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