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Vittel

A postcard published by Lévy Fils et Cie of Paris.

 

The card was posted in Auxerre on the 8th. August 1911 to:

 

Monsieur Brette,

Auxerre,

Yonne.

 

The message on the back of the card was as follows:

 

"Vittel 7 Août 1911.

 

Tante Brette".

 

Vittel is a commune in the Vosges department in North Eastern France. Mineral water is bottled here under the Vittel brand.

 

In 1854, lawyer Louis Bouloumié purchased the Fontaine de Gérémoy, the site of the modern-day town of Vittel.

 

Two years later, Bouloumié built a pavilion from which developed the grand, luxurious architecture which characterises the area today.

 

The arcade and pavilion in the photograph were used as part of the United States Army Base Hospital No. 36 during the Great War.

 

So what else happened on the day that the card was posted?

 

Well, on Tuesday the 8th. August 1911, Pope Pius X lowered the age for First Communion in the Roman Catholic Church to seven years old, with the papal decree Quam Singulari.

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Taken on November 8, 2016