A Postcard from Paris, 1918 (Part 1 of 2) - Those Places Thursday

J.C. 541. PARIS - THE PALAIS DU TROCADERO - Built for the 1878 exhibition
Exhibition tower height is 70 meters
(Digital Image. Postcard Privately Held By Cynthia Shenette. Text Copyright (c) 2012 Cynthia Shenette) It's interesting how one little postcard can offer so much information.  My grandfather, Adolf Szerejko, was a World War I veteran. I knew he served in France, but I didn't know too many of the details.  A while back I scanned and sent a copy of this postcard to my cousin Marek via e-mail for him to translate the message from Polish to English. The postcard is dated September 1918 and was sent shortly after my grandfather arrived in France.  

The Palais du Trocadero was built for the 1878 World's Fair which was held from May 1, 1878 until November 10, 1878 in Paris to celebrate France's recovery after the Franco-Prussian War.  The Palais was designed by Parisian architect Gabriel Davioud.  It was built in a "Moorish"  style with "Byzantine elements."  The two towers were 70 meters high, and it had a large concert hall in the center with two wings on either side.  The structure was demolished in 1937 and replaced by the Palais de Chaillot for the Exposition Internationale of 1937.

A Postcard from Paris, 1918 (Part 2 of 2) - Amanuensis Monday 

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1 comment:

Heather Rojo said...

You are so correct about postcards having lots of information. I was at the Nashua, NH Historical Society library this week for the first time. One of their curators told me that their postcard collection is an underused gold mine of genealogy information. I took a peek, and most of the messages were back and forth/ to and from relatives, and also mentioned relatives, and were often while they were visiting relatives and other important data. I'll never look at old postcards the same way again.