Places in My Postcard


Within the background of the postcard there are rather clear depictions of the Scottish Highlands, which are quite elevated and uneven. It is the land of the highlands themselves which fueled the growing expansion in the Scottish travel industry. Strong tropes of tradition, ruggedness, and purity were commonly used to represent the land of Scotland (Gold). In the postcard there is the structure of the Trossachs Pier, one of the several destinations that the steamer travels. It is mostly covered by the steamboat hinting more towards the fact the pier itself does not matter. The postcard exposes the viewer to the areas in which the mid to upper class would travel. The choice of dress demonstrated by the individuals reflects that of those particular classes. 

Mainly in the foreground there is the Sir Walter Scott steamer, the boat which cycled the routes along Loch Katrine. Traditionally the boat was used for commercial use as a passenger vessel in the 1900’s, and to this day continues to operate as such. The steamer is a 33.53-meter-long steel hulled vessel that contains one deck, the entire ship is powered by a single, triple-expansion steam engine. The vessel was constructed out of several different pieces which were shipped across and brought by horses to Loch Katrine, where it was then rebuilt, launching for the turn of the century (Sir Walter Scott).

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