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|Description ||A postcard from very early in the 1900s, showing the props holding up the NE arc of stones at Stonehenge. It shows what appears to be the sun peeking over the top of the Heel Stone, and is captioned 'Stonehenge. Sunrise, June 21st.'|
The only mark on the back is a tall gothic spire with 'San Bride'.
I expect Feanor will know approximately when it was taken? :-)
| Believe it or not Angie, this one's difficult to date, other than very broadly.|
The telegraph poles were installed in 1904 and removed in 1919. In 1921 Col. Hawley lifted away the three lintels shown here, straightened the Stones, then replaced the lintels. (Unfortunately, L-130 got banged up a bit)
The Sun is fake, as in order to see it rise above the Heelstone, you'd have to be standing slightly to the right. (The Heelstone is offset by 2-odd degrees toward East from the axis of the Avenue, so it isn't centered between S-30 & S-1)
As time went on the telegraph poles were never replaced, so judging by their worn appearance, I will venture a date of c.1915.
(I know what you're thinking - who in their right mind would dare make a guess at the age of something at Stonehenge!?)
| Thanks Feanor - it's really good to have your thoughts on the dates of these cards - (and I didn't think the sun looked real, either!) Having been to a few 21st June sunrises there -watched from the Heel Stone as it's pretty impossible, wiith the crowds, to see it from inside the circle - I agree with you.|
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