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    Posted 5 years ago

    mikeigotit
    (476 items)

    I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THIS POST CARD. THIS CAME IN THE BOX LOT FROM ESTATE. IT APPEARS TO BE REAL OLD. ANY HELP ABOUT THE STATUE OR MONUMENT WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. ALSO I BELEIVE THE ARTIST WAS A. DE LOTTO????

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    1. Moxie1 Moxie1, 5 years ago
      --------Bronze statue of the war memorial in the town of Spar---------
      Great Post card.

      Alan
    2. mikeigotit mikeigotit, 5 years ago
      Thanks Alan.
    3. verretcheque verretcheque, 5 years ago
      The Italian inscription to the rear, reads: "Bronze statue for the monument of the dead, in the Commune of Longarone".

      This memorial no longer exists, and the reason why??

      http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-24464867

      M
    4. verretcheque verretcheque, 5 years ago
      "On October 9, 1963, at 10:39pm 260 million cubic metres of rock broke off from the top of Monte Toc, on the border between Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia. It fell into the reservoir of the Vajont Dam, producing an enormous wave of at least 50 million cubic metres of water. The dam, completed in 1959 and one of the biggest in the world at the time, did not suffer any serious damage. However, flooding destroyed several villages in the valley and killed almost 2,000 people. A third of the population of Longarone, the largest village downstream of the dam, perished." Arcadia, 2011, issue 8
    5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      I think it actually survived the 'onda della morte' of 1963. It's a memorial to the fallen of the 1915-1918 war. Well worn.

      http://www.prolocolongarone.it/39-longarone/i-monumenti/437-monumento-ai-caduti-piazza-gonzaga
    6. verretcheque verretcheque, 5 years ago
      Ok, did not search long enough, or diligently enough.
      Name of the Commune rang a bell for the disaster, and just assumed, (terrible sin) that the monument had perished in 1963.
      Sorry.
      M
    7. verretcheque verretcheque, 5 years ago
      The disaster claimed another life several months later. The architect, realising he was responsible, commited suicide prior to a judicial inquiry.
    8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      It's an amazing story .... M. I had never heard of this until you discovered the story of the tragic events in Longarone. I went looking for photos and saw the pic. above.
    9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      I just found out about the statue itself ..... the artist was Annibale de Lotto (San Vito di Cadore 1877 - Venezia 1932). The bronze was called 'la Vittoria' and dates to 1923.

      It seems the waters damaged the statue and the base .... you can see soldiers here after the incident replacing the base:
      http://www.corriere.it/foto-gallery/reportage/cronache/13_ottobre_04/vajont-foto-evaristo-fusar-30724ea4-2cfe-11e3-bdb2-af0e27e54db3.shtml#10



    10. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      There's some extra pix of the statue here:
      http://luoghi.centenario1914-1918.it/it/monumento/monumento-ai-caduti-della-prima-guerra-mondiale-3992
    11. verretcheque verretcheque, 5 years ago
      It is a miracle that people survived this disaster, but like others, these man-made disasters, with hindsight, could have been avoided, just like Aberfan.
      M
    12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      I actually now remember that Dario Fo had mentioned this incident of 1963 in his play 'La Morte Accidentale Di un Anarchico'. The play has delighted me for for the last forty years. Because of this posting I have learnt details that have eluded me for all those years.
    13. mikeigotit mikeigotit, 5 years ago
      My Collector Weekly Family, Man oh Man, this is a very interesting RPPC, you guys have me reading in the right direction now. Thanks M, and Vetraio50. !!
    14. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      No thank you MIKE & MARCUS .... you live and learn. The connections are the important thing. This has been a really important posting for me. I now know more about that play ..... details were missing, now found.
    15. mikeigotit mikeigotit, 5 years ago
      Vetraio50, i'm going thru this large box of postcard and letters from this estate. This has open my eyes to a lot of items in this old box. thanks again my friend.
    16. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Wonderful card and great links and info by VC and Vet. What a story.
    17. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 5 years ago
      impresionante historia. Thanks vetraio
    18. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 3 years ago
      Athena was a goddess of war. That card is a depiction of Athena, as the chryselaphantine of gold and ivory was lost in ancient times.
    19. mikeigotit mikeigotit, 3 years ago
      Awesome info. From all!!

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