Dear Venice: Wish You Were Here #21

This is a view I don’t see often on vintage postcards: The Rio dei Mendicanti as it opens into Campo SS Giovanni e Paolo. You can see the hospital on the right, and straight down the canal, it opens into the northern lagoon and then to the islands of San Michele and Murano.

This postcard has a lovely view of a gondola in the foreground that has a cloth felze covering the seats. Sent on August 13, the only message is “Giovanni.” I have to admit that I’m not very good at reading the postal stamp and divining the year, but I’m sure one of you can help me out! I did learn recently that postcards with white borders, like this one, were usually printed between 1915 and 1930. This was because postcards were printed in big sheets, and any colors at the edge could leak onto the bordering card, so the white border was added to prevent the overlap and leakage.

When I tried to discern the address, it was a bit tricky, but after mapping it I believe it is 18906 35th Avenue, Flushing, New York. Here’s the house, which Redfin estimates as being worth about $1.5 million. Mrs. La Spina would be a wealthy home owner, and Giovanni might be quite pleased!

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5 Responses to Dear Venice: Wish You Were Here #21

  1. Nancy says:

    The name almost looks like Giovanni (but I wonder if he is trying the Italian version of his name (John?) ion honor of Venice.

  2. Interesting about the white border. Also, that you found the house in Flushing. Saluti!

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