Old Edinburgh Street

(continental card mount)

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gc 562 not recorded No Postcards listed by Sprake not listed

black & white silk image of an Old Edinburgh Street, mounted in a continental card mount
{image of an Old Edinburgh Street, mounted in a continental card mount

Woven on Silk:-



Printed at bottom of card:-
14.0cm long by 9.1cm deep

10.8cm long by 5.9cm deep

This card is mounted in a typical continental frame, and not the usual Grant card frame. The only indication as to the manufacturer of this postcard is printed on the back as " PARIS DEPOSE, FABRICATION FRANCAISE ", and what looks like a motif of " MC ".
However, the actual silk is that of Grant, featuring as the silk in the Grant picture, The Old Edinburgh Street, which was originally constructed as part of the International Exhibition, Edinburgh, 1886.

It is believed that the silk of this card was taken to Paris in 1900 by a member of the Grant family, where it was mounted and exhibited at the Paris Expo. The problem with this theory is that Britain was the first country to allow divided back postcards (which this card has) in 1902, not in 1900.
In any event, as the British post office would not allow woven silk postcards to be posted before circa 1902, the only way this card could be sent was inside another envelope.


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