Not for lack of old postcards to share, but for lack of drive this week (!) I am re-publishing my OPW post from July 29, 2009 for today's OPW. When I decided to give myself permission to do this it was difficult to select which old postcard to honor with a second showing. I chose this one because it is one of my favorites esthetically and I enjoyed the heck out of the research behind it. I hope you will enjoy it, either again or for a first time. (Where some might consider me lazy for running the same post twice...and, as this postcard features a river, I am sorry but I cannot help it..... Here is "Up The Lazy River" sung by Michael Buble....)
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This postcard wasn't one that belonged to my grandmother. I actually purchased a few vintage postcards online recently that were particularly appealing to me, and this was one of them. It's gorgeous, even more so if you enlarge it.
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Maybe the information is out there but I was unable to find, in a quick search, anything about the site where Moses was found by Pharaoh's daughter, or whether there has been a tree/series of trees planted on the spot for the eons to be able to identify and preserve a site thought to be where he was found among the bulrushes (which look like cattails in the photos I saw at Google images). As luck would have it, however, there is fairly fresh news relating to Moses, as reported by Thaindian News:
Staff of Moses may have been found in London
April 2nd, 2009 - 2:07 pm ICT by ANI
London, April 2 (ANI): A group of builders, digging at a site in London, have unearthed what they believe is the fabled Staff of Moses.
According to a report in The Sun, the piece of wood was found by digger Charlie Kingston and his team as he dug a 20ft-deep trench on a site in east London.
At first, the workmen thought the historic artefact, which dates back to hundreds of years before Christ, was just an old tatty piece of wood.
But, after initial tests by archaeologists and biblical scholars, the iconic find is being hailed as one of monumental importance.
The Staff was at Moses’ side throughout key milestones in the Bible story of Exodus.
It was used to part the Red Sea, invoke a plague on the Egyptian Pharaoh, produce water from a rock and could even transform itself into a snake.
The exact location of the Staff has been kept secret to stop ‘treasure-hunters’ and onlookers flocking to the area.
“I was tipping out some earth when one of my mates Archie Tan shouted to stop, and pointed at the bucket,” Kingston said.
“When we scraped off the mud, we thought it might just be a beaten-up walking stick. “We’re amazed at what they are saying it could turn out to be,” he added.
The builders and their bosses could now be in for a huge windfall, with experts confident other relic could also be hiding beneath the soil.
However, a comprehensive archaeological dig could take months, if not years, to complete so it may be some time before they see any financial reward.
According to historian Dr Henry Jones, the Staff might well run into millions of pounds if it is sold at an auction.
“If this is the Staff of Moses, it is of unimaginable importance,” he said. (ANI)
I'm curious to know how it got to London, if it is indeed the staff of Moses. As with the truth and particulars of him being found as a baby, the story will undoubtedly be open to interpretation for a long, long time. . . . .
Orazio Gentileschi, 1630
Edwin Longsden Long, 1886
Sebastien Bourdon, 1650
Charles de la Fosse
Hendrik van the Elder Balen
Gustav Dore, 1866
Francis Hayman, 1746
Nicolas Poussin, 1638
illustration from a catechism
French School, late 19th century
Harold Copping, 1927
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1904
(This one is my favorite among these paintings.)
Giovanni Francesco Romanelli, 1655-57
obviously one painting of this event wasn't enough for him .....
Giovanni Francesco Romanelli, 1657
David Hayward (nakedpastor), 2009