Easter and Passover everyone!
I will begin by saying that my longer-than-usual silence has everything to do with the San Francisco Fashion Film Festival going on, which has pulled me away from P&C. But after this weekend things will be back to normal!
Here's a special postcard I wanted to share because I don't have a specific Easter one this year, but I did have this one of Easter Lilies growing in Bermuda. It's dated from 1914 and it was sent to Mr & Mrs L. Irving of Beechhurst, Long Island, NY, no zip code or street address given. The message reads:
"Hamilton, Bermuda. We are spending are [sic] honeymoon here. Had a rough voyage. Wife was sick but I never missed a meal. Stopping at Hotel Kenwood. Mr & Mrs JM Sheffers"
In the early part of the 20th Century, Bermuda was THE vacation spot for wealthy Americans in the North East, as well as Canadians and British. It's climate was tropical, but it was close enough to the mainland (Cape Hatteras, NC is only about 650 miles away) that travel was somewhat easy.
(At this time, the territory thrived on its trade in fresh lilies and agriculture to the United States. However, the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act of 1930 - enacted by the US against trading partners - cut off this industry and forced Bermuda to move into finance and tourism as its main industries. It is interesting to note that while this tariff act was meant to promote American growth and industry and originally seemed to work, it is cited as one of the main pieces of legislation that led to the Great Depression.)
It was also in 1930 that the first airplane arrived in Bermuda - a Stinson Detroiter seaplane from New York. Soon after, airlines such as Luft Hansa, Imperial Airways, and Pan American would follow. During this golden age of tourism and glamorous travel, Bermuda figured prominently among the early jet-setters and was celebrated as luxurious destination.