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Grassington - The Square Prior to 1961

The Postcard


A 'Natural Colour' Series Photogravure postcard published by J. Arthur Dixon. The colour photograph was by J. Arthur Dixon Studios.


On the back of the card they state:


'The Square, Grassington,


Grassington's cobbled market and

narrow alleys remain from the days

when it was the home of lead miners.

Today it is a splendid centre for

beautiful Wharfedale'.


The card was posted in Skipton on Sunday the 4th. June 1961 to:


Mr. & Mrs. Heaton,

62, Observatory Street,



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


"3rd. June 1961.

We are sitting in the little

teashop to the extreme

right of this photo, about

to partake of tea!

We have been to Harrogate,

and we are about to go to

Kettlewell and Buckden.

Wish you could both be

with us - we have been

thinking about you.

Thank you for the letter.

I'll write as soon as I can.

The house is off I fear, so

we are on the hunt again.

So glad your rootling

agrees with you.

We all send our love,

Dorothy and Guy xxxxxx"


President J.F. Kennedy


So what else happened on the day that Dorothy and Guy posted the card?


Well, on the 4th. June 1961, US President J.F. Kennedy and Russian president Nikita Khrushchev met in Vienna. They discussed nuclear tests, nuclear disarmament and Germany.


Kennedy concluded the unproductive meeting by saying:


"It's going to be a

cold winter".


In fact the meeting kicked off a whole new phase in the Cold War.

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