Monday 28 May 2007

Postcard of the Day No. 2

A common feature of the greatest vintage postcards is a powerful sense of frozen space and time. In this example spatial extremes lift our eyes to the sky following the trajectory of the streetcar while the tunnel entrance offers an aperture to fathomless depths.

It’s almost 99 years since Auntie Blanche paid a visit to Los Angeles and wrote this postcard. For 7 years the Angel’s Flight funicular railway had connected Hill and Olive Streets in the Bunker Hill district of the city and would continue to do so until 1969. On closure, the infrastructure was dismantled and stored until 1996 when it was reassembled and resumed operation in a new location as a visitor attraction. Following a fatal accident in 2001 the railway closed indefinitely.

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