Sunday, May 30, 2010
Milan, Italy 1903
I hadn't posted any postcards from my Grandfather's scrapbook in quite some time. It's not an easy task to choose a postcard, as there are pages and pages of them sent by an Aunt somebody (possibly Laura?) from what must have been a grand voyage (accent on second syllable) throughout Europe in 1903-1905.
These are from Milan, July 26, 1903. The first shows the Hall of Cariatidi, destroyed during WWII, in the Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace). The sender writes, "Palace of the King - Ball room, 18 chandeliers, 3000 candles". It must have been spectacular.
The second shows Queen Margherita, who the writer appears to have seen. Queen Margherita was queen from 1878 until 1900 when her husband, King Umberto I, was assasinated. The Pizza Margherita, whose "whose red tomatoes, green basil, and white cheese represent the Italian flag", was named after her.