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Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Vintage Thingie Thursday – Post Cards
I don’t know if there is a definitive age that makes something “vintage.” I read on one of the other bloggers in VTT last week that she considered vintage to be older than her. I think I feel the same way. Even if vintage starts at 50, I’m 45, so if it’s older than me, it’s close enough!
I’m sure these postcards predate any essence of me because I was born 19 days after my parent’s first anniversary. The postcards are from their honeymoon! These were sent to my Great Grandmother while they were in Europe.
The ship is the Queen Elizabeth and it’s the boat my parents sailed on. They had plenty of newlywed time to themselves, but on the trip, they were traveling with my paternal grandparents, aunt and uncle. Dad was taking his new bride to meet the rest of the family in San Marino!
The Republic of San Marino is where my Dad was born. The family immigrated to the United States when he was 13. Actually, he turned 13 on the boat on his way here. I was there when I was 13 and saw pictures from a recent trip my Dad made. There is a lot that’s modern inside the buildings, but it still looks the same as it did in 1965!
San Marino is NOT in Italy. It is an independent republic that’s surrounded by Italy. They speak Italian, but the passports are San Marinese and until the change to the Euro, they minted their own money too. The San Marino lire and the Italian Lire spent the same in both countries.
The third postcard is from Rome. It’s the Trevi Fountain, of Three Coins in the Fountain fame! The post mark is from The Vatican.
Thanks for joining me for a little retelling some stories I’ve been told about a time before me!