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    Posted 7 years ago

    vetraio50
    (723 items)

    A card collected by Septimus and Clara is this striking image of “L'Aigle blessé“ by Gérôme. Researching this card I began to understand why the Millers had visited the Waterloo site in 1907.

    The Battle of Waterloo became part of the myth surrouding the Duke of Wellington and his foe Napoléon Bonaparte. The site of the battle was forgotten for many years. It became farmland yet again.

    There were a few monuments that marked the site of the battle. The largest was the Hillock created by the Dutch called the “Butte de Lion” in 1826. But there were others too: The Gordon Monument and the Hannover Monument were erected near the Butte de Lion. There was the Victor Hugo column too!

    Certainly there was no mention of the fallen French soldiers who had died there in their thousands!

    Late in the nineteenth century French nationalism resurfaced and a plan was hatched by three men to remember the French dead of Waterloo with a memorial. The historian Henry Houssaye convinced le comte Albert de Mauroy and Gustave Larronet to purchase some land (just 100 m2 ) for a group called Sabretache to erect a French memorial at Waterloo.

    Jean-Léon Gérôme created the amazingly defiant image of a wounded eagle.

    It was not until 1904 that the monument was dedicated. By then it had caught the attention of the French public. They arrived at Waterloo in their thousands!

    On June 28 1904 over 100 000 people arrived at the site of the battle. It is said that the Brussels railways sold 57 000 tickets that day to the site.

    The beginnings of a new tourist industry – the Millers were probably part of the movement to revisit the sites where their grandparents’ generation had fought nearly a century before them.

    It is now our turn to return in one way or another to these same parts to remember the events of another Great War on the fields of Belgium.

    This is a card publish by E.G. No. 86. - E. Grégoire.

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    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      Are we talking about the same Napoléon from france ? the one? this is very beautiful Kevin :)
    2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Yes, SEAN. The same Napoleon Bonaparte. His body was buried in Paris with great ceremony and a huge memorial at Les Invalides. But the men who fought for him had no memorial until 1904.

      Many thanks to ROYCROFTBOOKSFROMME 'n BLUNDERBUSS too!
    3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      many thanks POPS & VIOLET-ORANGE too!!!
    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks AMBER ROSE!!!!
    5. racer4four racer4four, 7 years ago
      Extraordinary sculpture!
    6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks KAREN 'n AGHCOLLECT!!!
    7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks MIKELV!!!!
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      Many thanks PHIL!!!!
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      Many thanks GEO'n GARY!!!!
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      Kev I have been off line for some time & I see you have not run out of your post cards it must really have taken you some time to get all your information.
    11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Hours ZOWIE. But they teach me so much. There are hundreds more to go!
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      Many thanks TED STRAUB!!!!!!
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      Many thanks MOON & BLUNDERBUSS2 too!!!!
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      Many thanks INKY, KERRY & TOM!!!
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      Many thanks DON 'n TED STRAUB too!!!!
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      Many thanks TREY 'n GARY too!!!!
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      Many thanks MANIKIN!!!!!!
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      Many thanks PETEY !!!!
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      Many thanks MIKKO!!!!!!
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      All in the learning curve it's just great the info
    21. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks again Zowie. We live and we learn ...... hopefully!
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    23. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks NORDICMAN, PHIL 'n JEWELS!!!!!
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