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|Description ||This old postcard photo of Stonehenge is so similar to the old 'woodcut drawing' submitted by durhamnature that it looks as if the artist may have copied it. Not sure if the 'Sun' in the caption 'Sun and Slaughter Stone' applies to the Heel Stone? The Slaughter Stone isn't easy to see either.|
It's another of those purchased in the antique shop on Exeter quay recently. On the rear is C.F. ASHWORTH, Photographer, DEVIZES. The original owner had stuck on a George V 'one penny' stamp but didn't write it. The stamp dates from 1918-21.
| This is almost certainly 1921.|
As in the previous picture - indeed in all the shots from this time period - we see twin hash-marks on the lintels. These are the balancing points for double-strapped wooden cradles used to lift them away so the uprights could be straightened.
See also L-107 on the previous page.
The uninformed are forever assigning some mysterious meaning to this paint - from original Builder's Marks, to Secret Alien Gang Signs.
They were visible well into the 1940's.
I like this photo because it's clear enough to show the corresponding vertical stripes on the Stones themselves, used to visually check lateral plumb as the four were pushed inward, back into place.
The use of the word 'Sun' in SunStone comes from a misinterpretation of Heel Stone, thought to be a quaint local twist on the Latin: 'Helios'.
We now know that it really was supposed to be 'Heel' all along - as in 'Friar's Heel', from the famous legend.
| Brilliant info Feanor .. thank you!|
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