Friday, July 3, 2015

#7 - Burns Walk Dumfries

The front of this card reads:  "Burns Walk Dumfries (one of the fine rural walks in the district)."  Aside from it's informational content, I love these old images - painted photographs are the best as far as I'm concerned, and I don't know why.  Take a look here for some beauties!!  ( I hope you can see them even if you don't have a Flickr account.)

Dumfries is located in the south of Scotland.  The Burns Walk is along the river Nith and is still a recreational area (more information here).  The famed Robbie Burns lived in Dumfries in the 1790s and is buried here.  An interesting side note, I have a copy of some of Robbie Burns' work - and it is over 100 years old (I'll try to remember to take a photo of the book when we have unpacked all of our stuff from moving and I have found it again!)

This card was sent to Belle McCurrach at 9 Roseneath Terrace in Nairn (where she lived with her mother and family) - the sender of the card is unknown as I cannot read it - let me know if you can translate.

Text is hard to read, too - but I'll do my best:  "Dearest Belle.  Have had a lovely time.  Sorry it is nearly all past  Shall be with ___________________ (really, can you read it?) Shall tell you all news.  trust you are well and not lonely.  Love _____ (Attie?  Yttie?  Nettie? - was she getting a P.C. from a Yettie?)" - as an update, I believe it might be "Ettie," as an Ettie is mentioned in another postcard as having joined the "Sally's" (the Salvation Army).

As another update:  thanks to blog reader, Carole Hastings, we have a full translation:  "Dear Bell Have had a lovely time Sorry its nearly all past Shall be with 4.07 train tomorrow (Tempus fugit) Shall tell you all news Trust you are well and not lonely love Ettie."

"Tempus fugit" is a new phrase to me.  According to Wikipedia, it was first expressed in Virgil's Georgics (written in 29 BC) as "fugit irreparable tempus" - translated as "it escapes, irretrievable time" - I like it.  I might have to incorporate the term into my lexicon.

Post-dated from Dumfries on July 25, 1909.





The postcard is published by J. Swan 63-67 High Street, Dumfries.  Thanks to the "Old Dumfries" group on Facebook, we have this wonderful ca. 1900 photograph showing J. Swan's storefront:


Here is where the store was located - there isn't a Google Streetview image of it, darn it:





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