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|Description ||An old colour-tinted postcard of Stonehenge, looking approximately towards the East, shows the ditch and bank in foreground and today's tallest remaining Trilithon stone, Stone 56 still leaning, with Trilithon stones 57/58 not yet re-erected.|
On the ribbon under the crest at bottom right is: "Civitas Sarum". On the rear: "The Milton Post Card. Printed in our works in Germany. The Milton "Glazette" [sic, underlined] Series No. 1130 Woolstone Bros, London E.C."
| Angie - please send me the full-rendered scans of these recent uploads - they're priceless!|
As you mention, the West Trilithon is down and S-56 still leans precariously, held in check by elegant BS-68.
Looking to the left we see that Stones 21 & 22 are still up, with Lintel 122 perched atop them.
This set collapsed on 31 December 1900, with the lintel falling across S-57. It shattered, but was glued & pinned back together upon re-erection in 1959/60.
These little clues date the photograph to before 1900 but probably after 1895 when the ingenious method of colorizing postcards was developed for mass-production.
| Wow!.. Didn't realise it was that old... nor did the antiques place, or they'd have charged more for it!|
| "Woolstone Brothers 1902-1933 - A large publisher of many different card types in many different techniques. Some of their trade names included... Glazettes" - Metropolitan Postcard Club of NYC.|
Excellent sleuth work, davidmorgan! This tells us that they used an older photo to make the post card - a common practice.
Things had begun to change at Stonehenge after the turn of the century, and while 'progress' was always looked upon favorably then, it appears there was a market for what the edifice looked like before permanent changes were made.
In living - indeed recorded - memory, no one had ever seen S-56 standing straight, so an effort was made to preserve this iconic imagery for posterity.
We can still see adverts for the dwindling collection of old Stonehenge pictures well into the 1930's.
Now that we know the years 'Woolstone Bros' were in operation, the photo looks suspiciously similar to one taken in 1877.
Notice the top-hatted man standing in front of S-56, and the two women in full Victorian regalia - one complete with parasol - to the extreme right, behind and at the head of toppled S-12.
Keep 'em coming, Angie!
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