28 September, 2007

Postcard 5: La Colonne des Girondins

Below is my first linen postcard. The "linen card" era lasted from about 1930 to 1945, when cards were primarily printed on papers with a high rag content. I had hard time translating the name of the monument (its in French and I don't speak the language) and finding its location. The back says "La Colonne des Girondins."

I later found out that the monument, The Girondists Column, can be found at the Place des Quinconces in Bordeaux, France.

Here are some interesting facts I found regarding the monument from Wikipedia and other sources.

The principal monument was erected between 1894 and 1902 in memory of the Girondists (political faction in France during the revolution) who fell victim of the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution. The monument is 50 m high. The column was erected by Jean Achille Dumilatre and Victor Rich.

The monument is capped with a statue known as "Liberty Breaking the Chains." At the bottom of the monument are two fountains, "Triumph of the Republic" and "Triumph of Concorde". At the feet of the tank are horses with three men that represent Ignorance (shameful attitude), Lie (the mask) and Vice (pig ears). In 1943 fascists disassembled the column to take advantage of 52 tons of bronze. In 1983 the horses that were removed during the German occupation of France in World War II were re-erected with their bronze restored.

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