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    Posted 9 years ago

    vetraio50
    (744 items)

    WATERLOO

    That should read La Ferme du Caillou.

    Spelling!

    The Millers were in Belgium in 1907. I believe they were in France some time beforehand. I have quite a few cards collected by them in Paris on the theme of the Emperor Napoléon; by extension then the Battle of Waterloo saw the end of Napoléon Bonaparte’s dream of Empire. That happened on Sunday June 18, 1815.

    The Battle of Waterloo was the end of what we call these days the Napoleonic Wars which began around 1803. A century later these events were celebrated much in the same way as we today are readying ourselves for the Centenary of World War I.

    Perhaps the Millers were tourists visiting the sites that were already part of the myth of Waterloo. Certainly the cards they chose show some knowledge of the events of 1815.

    So where is Waterloo? The Battle of Waterloo was fought just thirteen kilometres south of Brussels. A day trip away from their stay in Brussels?

    Perhaps they knew of people who had fought at Waterloo? Uncles, grandparents?

    Or perhaps it was their fascination for horses: the role of the cavalry in warfare?

    The French army had 14,000 cavalry and the English had 11,000 there that day in 1815.

    This is a card that shows Napoleon's ‘Last Headquarters’ – Le Caillou. Napoleon spent a bad, sleepless night there on the 17 – 18 June, 1815.

    It lies south of the battlefield. It is now furnished as a museum with four rooms and includes among other things the emperor's tent.

    Address: Chaussée de Bruxelles 66, B-1472 Vieux-Genappe, Belgium.

    Love the tourists at the entrance to the Caillou!

    A card published by Nels of Brussels. Series 7, No. 5. c.1905.

    "This publishing house was founded by Edward Nels in 1898. Their goal was to spread geographic knowledge while producing maps, guide books, and photographic and printed souvenirs. They soon became the largest producer of postcards in Belgium, and they also published many cards of the Congo and of Luxembourg. Though they produced a variety of card types, most were as collotypes, many of which were hand colored in a dull pallet. Ernest Thill, who had ben the manager of the firm took over from Nels in 1913 and added his name to the company. In the 1960’s to 1975 they were purchased by a French firm, but they are now publishing postcards under their own name again, though for the most part they are now printed in Italy." http://www.metropostcard.com/publishersn.html

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    Comments

    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 years ago
      Many thanks GEO 'n KERRY!
    2. SEAN68 SEAN68, 9 years ago
      Very beautiful Kevin and love the tour!!
    3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 years ago
      Many thanks SEAN and AGHCOLLECT too!!!!!!
    4. SEAN68 SEAN68, 9 years ago
      Your very welcome Kevin :)
    5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 years ago
      You can see some pix of the interior of 'le Caillou' here:
      http://walkingwaterloo.blogspot.com.au/2009/04/napoleons-hq.html
    6. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 9 years ago
      Very nice! Thank you
    7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 years ago
      Many thanks SHAREURPASSION!!!!
    8. Manikin Manikin, 9 years ago
      What a great collection vetraio ! Have enjoyed reading about wonderful places also :-)
    9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 years ago
      Many thanks MANIKIN!

      They have been great learning stimulus.
    10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 years ago
      Many thanks POPS52!!!
    11. racer4four racer4four, 9 years ago
      Kevin you have such a list of places to visit now on your own Great Tour!
    12. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 9 years ago
      Another great poste & well researched and explained. Thanks.
    13. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 years ago
      Many thanks KAREN 'n BLUNDERBUSS too!

      Actually my sister has been there last week.
    14. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 9 years ago
      So I'm not being blamed for something for a change? New experience for me!
    15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 years ago
      What have you been up to?

      I have missed it.
      Have you had your Waterloo too?
    16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 years ago
      Many thanks WALKSOFTLY 'n INKY too!
    17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 years ago
      Many thanks PHIL 'n MIKELV!!!!
    18. toracat toracat, 9 years ago
      enjoyed reading Walking Waterloo!!
    19. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 years ago
      Many thanks DON, TOM 'n TREY too!!!!!
    20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 years ago
      Many thanks PETEY 'n GARY!!!
    21. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 years ago
      Many thanks ELISABETHAN!!!!
    22. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 years ago
      Many thanks PETEY !!!!
    23. vetraio50 vetraio50, 11 months ago
      Many thanks NEWFLD !!!!!
    24. skyguy, 11 months ago
      very cool Kevin ...Thought I throw this in ...later bud. https://www.google.com/search?sxsrf=APq-WBu5iXJ3Yb_BiMmTXMS8L8dxT4d3rg:1646272164451&source=univ&tbm=isch&q=waterloo&fir=1qe1-hx0FFhqcM%252CpqC8292bhD9C3M%252C_%253BhEjo93EsaPd0ZM%252CzQ0qyfDbibKfrM%252C_%253BW5vokbzybixg1M%252Co3EzR98jGsZU0M%252C_%253Bkl8lV_g0f6IxnM%252CO_bnMnNd5-VJfM%252C_%253B-9UyKdQ5--3nKM%252CTE1UNmVX1muqRM%252C_%253Buy9Pk-dIw57RaM%252Cx7BixF2vz7s2YM%252C_%253BkeN32d6lvc2EUM%252CTYu6Wi3AnO9H_M%252C_%253BvMWINuavFzfEaM%252CHYHIO5p5xF-KnM%252C_%253Bm7_fGpWs6yQ7LM%252CVlMBfGR25gfUXM%252C_%253BlhgXMIBFJzMnXM%252CwtXsEOqPbIepzM%252C_&usg=AI4_-kSJMs6JcKptEPA7wxZTuHwtGIY5Jw&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjM0cLc6aj2AhVhjYkEHYcRCtMQjJkEegQIYRAC&biw=1920&bih=955&dpr=1

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