Sepia Saturday theme image this week is entitled "Rough Wooden Bridge Over River, Group With Dog on the Shore"...... "Bridges have always had symbolic meaning. When discussions were taking place on the design of the first Euro notes, it was decided that the common illustration on all denominations should be a bridge - to symbolise the joining together of people, communities, and nations."
So, I think it's time to join together.
A bridge joining countries
But first about the picture : Around year 1940 children could collect little cards which came with margarine packages, pictures of cars and vehicles or wonders around the world and glue them into a specific book. This little card is from the collection "Traveling around the world with Paasivaara margarine factory" :) Kids got plenty of geographical knowledge by eating margarine.
Victoria Falls Bridge, before Great Zambesi or Zambezi bridge, was completed in 1905. The bridge links two countries, Zambia and Zimbabve. The Victoria Falls Bridge was the brainchild of Cecil Rhodes, a key feature in his dream of a Cape to Cairo railway, even though he never visited the Victoria Falls and died two years before the railway reached them - before construction of the Bridge had begun. Rhodes is often quoted to have said: "Build the bridge across the Zambezi where the trains, as they pass, will catch the spray of the Falls.".
Short example from the text behind the card:
" When 2700 km long Zambezi river rushes from the Rhodesian higlands to south-eastern lowlands of Africa, it forms tremendous falls which are 130 m high and 1.700 m wide and which's rumble you can hear miles away. "
Year 1855 Dr. Livingstone was the first white man who reached the Victorian Falls. I bet it was quite difficult for himt to get to the other side.
A bridge joining mainland and archipelago
The Replot Bridge
Replot Bridge is the longest bridge in Finland. It joins the archipelago to the mainland in Korsholm, near Vaasa. It replaces the ferries which previosly used to serve 2.200 island residents daily and makes it easy for tourists to visit the outlying islands.
The bridge was opened in August 1997. It has a length of 1.045 m ( 3,428 ft ) and is carried by pylons 82 m high ( 271 ft ). The middle span is 250 m ( 820,21 ft ) wide and gives a vertical clearance of 26 m ( 85,302 ft ) above sea level.
A bridge joining people
This small bridge is quite near to our summer home. The little river is called Metsäjoki, Forest river. We often take a walk there and my grand daughter likes to send bottle mail, you can see a little white spot in the river, that's her mail in a juice bottle. Hope you find it and notice that it is not a trash but contains warm greetings from Ella.
Or perhaps these fishermen from Pacific Ocean island will receive her mail .
More stories and bridges here