Thursday, May 17, 2012

If this is Thursday it must be postcards, 39

 Norwegian Royal Family, 1905

 Hipp hipp hurra – as they say in Norway

Today is Norwegian Constitution Day and here are three cards that were sent to Petra and I.C. Lee in 1905 to celebrate the independence of Norway from Sweden.

The cards were printed by Mittet  & Company and show the new Royal family.  King Haakon VII, Queen Maud and Prince Olav. 

King Haakon

Queen Maud

Belle Homsher recalled the following incident that occurred in 1905 when she was living in Bergen, Norway. 

“We went out in a row boat, 1905.  When King Haakon was crowned, you know.  And Queen Maud, and Prince Olav.  He was a little boy.  That was in 1905.  So we went out in the boat.  We were sitting out in the boat and we waved to them.  Little Prince Olav, he was so cute.  He was standing there with his sailor suit on and Queen Maud and King Haakon too.  They were young people.  They were going so slow, barely moving.  Just down below where we lived on the water.  That was a very pretty inlet there where we lived.  We knew who they were.  It was quite a thrill to see them.”  

 17th of May pin for 2012

Each year there is a parade in Ballard on the 17th of May (Bergen is a sister city with Seattle) and lapel pins are sold to help with the cost of the celebrations.  While the basic heart shape is retained the designs are slightly different from year to year making the pins very collectible. 

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