Wednesday, October 20, 2010

66 Steps

Queen's Staircase

Postmarked 13 March 1951
Nassau, Bahamas


Message:
66 steps. I counted them when we walked up them. Just like other things here just as you pictures West India Islands. Beautiful flowers, narrow streets nice beaches, 80% colored people and best of all hot weather. Only staying 2 or 3 days. Wonderful flight from Miami only 55 min about 184 miles. / Alonz & May
Most sites say there are 65 steps; May either miscounted or included a top or bottom step that isn't part of the official count. The stairs were hand-carved in the late 1790s out of the limestone by slaves. Later, the staircase was renamed in honor of Queen Victoria who played a role in abolishing slavery in the Bahamas.

Grandma and I went on a cruise to the Bahamas in the late 1980s. Here I am on the Queen's Staircase. I don't think I grasped the significance then.

Cruise (June 1988)

2 comments:

Christine H. said...

Wow, that is quite a story behind those steps. Wonderful!

icreate said...

Nice postcard! I would have snagged that one. I like the secluded look of the outdoor space.

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