Monday, March 17, 2008

"The Waving Girl" Savannah postcard


Because Savannah is having a big party today, it is only appropriate to have a postcard from Savannah.

On the back:
This monument was made by Felix de Weldon erected in 1971 by the Altrusa Club of Savannah and is dedicated to Florence Martus, who for 44 years waved a welcome to each incoming ship and goodbye to every out-going one passing to and from the Savannah Harbor. She died on February 8, 1943.

I wonder how many shipboard personnel thought she was saying, “Hey Sailor!! Looking for a good time?”

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5 Comments:

Blogger kenju said...

Well, maybe in her early years they did - but after 44 years, they probably didn't think that was her message anymore!!

2:03 PM  
Blogger ET said...

Judy,
Or maybe at such a distance from ship to shore they could not tell if she was 18 or 78.

2:11 PM  
Blogger Si's blog said...

Taught in Hilton Head for some years. One of the things that convinced me to retire.

We loved Savannah. And Charleston. So much history about both The Revolution and The War for States Rights. Went to Savannah every chance we had and really enjoyed the river front. And the waving girl.

6:31 AM  
Blogger ET said...

Si,

We have a friend who taught at Hilton Head and sold real estate. She said that was a very competitive kind of job. One time she had to actually run across a field to be the first one to file the papers or whatever. They since moved near Beauford (?) SC and she is teaching there.

Yes, Charleston and Savannah are both great places to visit for educational purposes... even if you want to learn more about ghosts - they both have their haunts... or is it "haints"?

6:53 AM  
Blogger ET said...

Si,
PS
I think one time I wasted almost a whole role of film trying to photograph the statue of the girl waving... there always seemed to be something wrong in the background that took away from the subject.

6:54 AM  

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