I have had some recent visits to my blog from people in Finland and I love that since I am half-Finn. Perhaps one of them would have information on the Privatbanken building on the left in the postcard. I wonder if the building still stands and it would be interesting to know more about the bank's history. I did find in some online research a 50-year-old company based in Norway called SEB Privatbanken that has an office in Finland, among many other countries. SEB Privatbanken is, as best I can tell, a part of EDB (Elektronisk Databehandling AS). Whether or not there is some historical link of the bank in this card to any modern banks one thing is for sure: it is a changed world.
The only information on the back of this unused card is that it is an international postcard.....no dates, descriptions, etc. That makes it all the more mysterious to me. Be sure to click on it to enlarge to pick up unique individual pieces of life taking place amidst the totality of the scene......the man napping in his boat in the right-hand corner.....the row of vendors' tents set up alongside the buildings.....the mix of ladies and gents dressed in finery with others in simple, even peasant, garb.
All in all, it seems more like a painting to me than a photograph so I changed it to fine art as a 21st Century tribute to its beauty.
Life imitates art far more than art imitates life. ~Oscar Wilde
in Finnish translation......
Elämä jäljittelee taidetta paljon enemmän kuin taide jäljittelee elämää. ~ Oscar Wilde