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Postcards from Abroad

This postcard is from the Philippines, likely sent in the late 1890s or early 1900s.  I’m a bit suspect of the grammar, though the scene on the front is pretty. 

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The text of it reads:

Our new home in Manila, Philippine Islands. A wide wire-screened porch is on the north and west sides. Here we live in the open where the monsoon breeze invites. The shore of Manila Bay is to the west, or right in the picture, only a few yards away. The sight of Manila Bay with its shipping within its breakwater and Cavite to the southwest is always beautiful. But the distant silhouette of Corregidor Island at the entrance and just visible, with the mountain mainland on both sides, as seen from a distance of 30 miles across the Bay often lifted by the mirage, presents a phantasmagoria, but when colored by a tropical sunset displays a picture no painter has tried to copy.

Over the house spread the limbs of rain trees, the sensitive leaves of which close with darkness – an automatic screen from the sun. About the building are shrubs, plants and orchids of tropical splendor.

Flowers color the place and spread their fragrance. The dama de la noche opens its cups of perfume after sunset. The white and the red cadena de amor enclose the arbor at the east side of the house; the color, fragrance and beauty of such tropical habitations are the year round charms of this distant southern country.

A Souvenir from  —  W A Grossford  — 11 Military Plaza

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Image #—, “US Army Photo collection, C-E Museum Acquisition” from the CECOM Historical Office archive, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD.

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