September 6, 2016 5:03am CST
Another one of the postcards that arrived was from the Napier area in New Zealand - this I didnt know until I read that it had arrived from @valmnz who is one of the few followers we have down under. "On 3 February 1931, most of Napier and nearby Hastings were levelled by an earthquake. The collapses of buildings and the ensuing fires killed 256 people. The centre of the town was destroyed by the earthquake, and later rebuilt in the Art Deco style popular at that time." Interesting enough the postcard sets a mood of a Vintage era. . . the mood is attributed to their great Art Deco Week which sets the scene of almost a moment captured in time. Imagine how awesome it must be to dress up and enjoying the old cars, the older buildings and a feeling from an age gone by. "Napier is the nexus of the largest wool centre in the Southern Hemisphere, and it has the primary export seaport for northeastern New Zealand – which is the largest producer of apples, pears, and stone fruit in New Zealand. Napier has also become an important grape and wine production area, with the grapes grown around Hastings and Napier being sent through the Port of Napier for export" Strangely enough we have a little town called Napier in South Africa named after Sir George Thomas Napier - not as Historically remembered as the Napier of New Zealand but just as quaint. Thank you Val for giving me a thought with sending this magnificent card to add to my collection. I absolutely love it! I love the stamp of the Abel Tasman Scenic Reserve - Awaroa Bay is beautiful! Postcard No 4 of the 7
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6 Sep 16
That is a great bit of history you shared with us about this area! I remember buying Napier jewelry here in the USA and now I have to search and find out if that jewelry is somehow connected to town or founder. Off I go!