Saturday, October 27, 2012

Sepia Saturday 149–Recife, Brazil ~ A Vintage Postcard

Sepia Saturday provides an opportunity for genealogy bloggers to share their family history through photographs.

Well, I'm taking you on a virtual trip to Brazil again today!  This vintage postcard of Recife, Brazil is a far cry from
the somewhat sad scene of today’s Sepia Saturday photo prompt (shown at the bottom of this post).

It does, however, show a woman near a body of water.  But that is where the similarity ends.  This postcard is part of my Grandpa Debs Webster’s collection of vintage postcards.


Recife, Brazil Vintage Postcard pg. 1
Recife, Brazil Vintage Postcard
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Recife, Brazil Vintage Postcard pg. 2
Back of Recife, Brazil Vintage Postcard
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In case you are wondering just where Recife is located within Brazil, here's a map ~

Recife, Brazil Googlemaps with arrow from snagit
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According to Wikipedia.org,
Recife (Portuguese pronunciation: [ʁeˈsifi] ( listen), Reef) is the sixth-largest[1] metropolitan area in Brazil with 3,743,854 inhabitants, the largest metropolitan area of the North/Northeast Regions, the 5th-largest metropolitan influence area in Brazil, and the capital and largest city of the state of Pernambuco. The population of the city proper was 1.555.039 in 2012.[2]

Recife is located where the
Beberibe River meets the Capibaribe River to flow into the Atlantic Ocean. It is a major port on the Atlantic Ocean. Its name is an allusion to the coral reefs that are present by the city's shores. The many rivers, small islands and over 50 bridges found in Recife city center characterize its geography and gives it the moniker of the "Brazilian Venice."
And now...sit back, relax, and enjoy the sights of Recife, Brazil.



To see what other Sepia Saturday participants have written today, just click HERE.

Sepia Saturday 149 October 27, 2012


Thanks for reading!

Copyright © Jana Last 2012

28 comments:

  1. It looks as if those tall buildings in the video were around even when the postcard was published!

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    1. Hi Little Nell,

      Hmm, I hadn't noticed that before! Thanks for pointing it out.

      And thanks so much for stopping by!

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  2. Hi Jana, a very beautiful and interesting postcard from the past. Thank you for the video of Recife. It is beautiful, the tropical vegetation, the rivers, the sea and a warm climate, a good place to live!

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    1. Hi Titania,

      You're so welcome for the video. I'm glad I was able to find it to share.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  3. A few of our ESL students are from Brazil and one in particular is always telling us hoe beautiful it is. Your postcard and video confirm her description.

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    1. Hi Kathy,

      I've never been to Brazil myself, but it does look like a beautiful country.

      Thanks so much for stopping by! I really appreciate it!

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  4. Recife is a beautiful place. Can't imagine seeing sunsets like that every day. Thanks for sharing the video and postcard.

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    1. Hi Queen Bee,

      You're so welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed the video and postcard!

      And thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Although Varig claims that Recife is the biggest city in the Northeast, it was apparently too small to be part of their network :) But probably there was a domestic carrier taking care of things. No matter what, there seem to be worse places in the world than Recife!

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    1. Hi Peter,

      Hmm, that's interesting about Varig skipping Recife! And yes, Recife does look like a beautiful place.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  6. Beautiful! I love the contrast of the very modern city with the old market area. I doubt I'll ever get to Brazil, so I now wonder if you have made that trip.

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    1. Hi Wendy,

      I'm glad you enjoyed this post! I've never been to Brazil and I don't know if I will ever get the chance to do so myself either. So, it's awesome for me to see Brazil through the eyes of my Grandpa Debs via his photos.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  7. Hi Jana, another wonderful post of your family and Brazil!

    I wanted to share this post with you, of my Great-Uncle John being stationed in Brazil during WWII. You will probably need to copy and paste the address into your browser, but I think that you will enjoy it.

    http://oregongiftsofcomfortandjoy.blogspot.com/2012/02/war-letters-uncle-john-goes-on-leave.html

    Kathy M.

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    1. Hi Kathy,

      Thanks so much for your kind words! And thanks for the link about your Great-Uncle John. I'll have to check it out. :)

      Thanks again for reading and for your comments!

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  8. Hi Jana - Always nice to meet another family history enthusiast.

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    1. Hi Meri,

      I agree! And it's very nice to meet you too!

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  9. Because of the tall building you have me wondering how old does a postcard have to be to be called vintage. Can we date that card somehow?
    Some interesting contrasts in the video. I've never made it to South America although I lost an assignment in Peru at the last minute.

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    1. Hi Bob,

      I believe this postcard is from around 1952, which would make it about 60 years old.

      Thanks so much for taking the time to read my post and for your comments! I really appreciate it!

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  10. I've traveled to a few places in Brazil, but never Recife. My daughter went there for carnival once several years ago and fell in love with the people and the place. Some day maybe I'll get there.
    Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy,

      Wow! So you've been to Brazil? How fun! Where did you travel to while there? I've never been there. Maybe some day.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  11. I generally avoid scenic postcards, but I have became interested in ones like yours that have people in the foreground.

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    1. Hi Postcardy,

      I'm glad you liked this postcard. Vintage postcards are quite fascinating glimpses into the past.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  12. Looks like a lovely coastal area .. thanks for sharing your grandfather's vintage postcard!

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    1. Hi ljhlaura,

      Yes, it does look lovely. My mom said she'd never been there when she lived in Brazil. She said it is a very warm area. Wikipedia says it has a year-round tropical climate.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  13. Your grandfather was quite a collector, wasn't he?

    I really enjoyed the tranquil images and the lovely Brazilian beats.

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    1. Hi Kat,

      Yep, Grandpa did collect quite a few postcards. It's really very cool too! I suppose back then with only film cameras, it was another way to have a picture to remember a location.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  14. Catching up very late from last week!

    My son has been to Brazil and to Recife, and says it's wonderful.

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    1. Hi Sheila,

      Your son has been to Brazil and Recife? How cool! My mom, who is from Brazil, hasn't ever been to Recife.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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