A couple of weeks ago, we published a photo found by John Garofalo. It was an old black and white photo that someone who works for the parish had come across in a used book store somewhere up north…and of course, it had no date or any other information.
Matt Armstrong was browsing among the postcards at the Jacksonville Public Library’s on-line postcard collection and, lo and behold, the same photo turned up - in color this time. It makes a lovely postcard!
The date given for the postcard, which is clearly a colorized version of the photo we saw earlier, is 1908. Of course, that means the date that the post card was done. Since it was the custom in those pre-copyright days to buy up large quantities of photos and publish them without attribution, we’re still not much closer to finding out when the original was done or by whom. But at least it’s a pretty postcard, even though it appears to have the Varela Chapel confused with the Mission Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche. Oh well, they’re both picturesque.
Look at all the trees and vegetation and Tolomato had at that time, not to mention the wooden grave enclosures that were still standing at that unknown date.