“Many desirable lots unsold.” –Ed Harris
Was Harris a real estate agent? A lackey of Robert Kernodle who had some cash to buy property in Venice?
Again, what is the date? So difficult to determine in these old postcards. But notice that there is no zip code as part of the address. Zip codes went into effect in America July 1, 1963.
This card is quite a mystery! Besides the intriguing message from Harris to Kernodle (Kernodle!), there is also the photo and place name–see the back of the postcard, bottom left. The Chiesa dei Gesuiti is near the Fondamente Nove, but not facing a canal, and looks like this:
The church in this photo does appear to be the Scalzi next to the present-day train station. The train station, built in the 1860s, replaced the church of Corpus Domini, which was consecrated on June 29, 1394, later known as Santa Lucia. Here’s an old drawing of it:
And here’s the Scalzi, for comparison with the postcard. The “Scalzi” refers to the order of “discalced” Carmelites, or “barefoot” nuns, for whom this church is their seat in the city.
You can see that the train station on the postcard does not look like the current train station, which is curious. The train station was extensively remodeled (rebuilt, really) over a period interrupted by war, from 1936 to be completed in 1952. So does that indicate that this postcard is pre-1936? Here’s the current train station.
So I think that the person who made the postcard didn’t know Venice very well and labeled it wrongly! I hope that Harris and Kernodle (Kernodle!) were better at paying attention to details than whoever made this postcard!
(Photos of the postcards are mine, and the Gesuiti is by my friend Danny (that’s me in the white t-shirt! All others are from Wikipedia.)
Since I posted this blog, I also heard from Adriano, tireless sleuth. He shared the following:
<<The stamp was a Vittorio Emanuele III, value 25 cents printed from 1929.
The postmark is referring to VIII (8th) year of “Era fascista.”
The church is Scalzi near the station; the bridge is the old one and also the station.>>