My Postcard as an Historical Artifact

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This is the Carnegie library in its early stage, very recent to after it was first built. (no copyright infringement is intended). 

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This is a current photo of the Carnegie library, standing almost identical to when it was built in the 1800s. (no copyright infringement is intended). 

Specific Landscapes:

One specific landscape that caught my eyes was a big building that looked almost castle-like. It was in the postcard and is currently standing almost identical to how it looked hundreds of years ago. This building is the Dunfermline Carnegie Library and galleries. It was opened on August 29th, 1883 and was the world's first Carnegie Library. This library was funded by the Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. It was designed by Edinburgh architect James Campbell Walker who also designed the nearby Dunfermline City Chambers. (Dunfermline Carnegie Library, 2019). This library is the biggest attraction on Bridge Street and holds monumental significance to the city's beauty. 

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This is a map of Dunfermline and all of its big attractions. The library is a big picture in the bottom middle, attracting tourists to come to visit. (no copyright infringement is intended). 

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This is a photograph of Bridge Street in the 1800s, showing how busy it truly was. (no copyright infringement is intended). 

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This is Bridge Street currently maintaining the same level of appeal to tourists and the public. (no copyright infringement is intended). 

What Does the Postcard Tell You About the Historical Period in Which it Was Created?

As a historical artifact, it is safe to say that Bridge Street has always been a very desired place to visit. Since this postcard was published Bridge Street has maintained its beauty and continues to be a great spot for tourists. On the postcard, it had people walking and a train-car driving by. Looking at current photos it still is very foot busy and now has a road that allows cars to travel through Dunfermline's beauty. This postcard tells me that it was made around the 1880s due to the library being built in 1883 (Dunfermline Carnegie Library, 2019). This library was visible in the postcard meaning that James Valentine must have taken the original photograph in the 1880s. Also, in the postcard, there is a train car with no other vehicles on the road and all pictures of the current Bridge Street in Dunfermline do not have the tracks for this past train car to now travel through. Almost all of the buildings look the same meaning that Bridge Street has stayed very true to its natural roots.

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