The (Mini) Ongoing Side Project: Started collecting vintage postcards depicting Morzine and the surrounding area. The goal is to find the exact spot (or as close to it as possible) that the pictures were taken from and retake the shot - and then display the two pictures side by side in the renovated property.
The Unsolvable Puzzle: Annoyingly I can't yet think of a way to display the postcards so that they show the reverse side as well - which is also really interesting. The above/ below card is postmarked 1955, and addressed to a Helen Clark in Somerset, but makes me wonder frankly why it was sent in the first place, as it says so little.
Card #2: The below card shows Lake Montriond in the summer, which is just around the corner from the property on the road to Ardent. It's postmarked 1958, and addressed to Kathleen Southey in Maidstone, Kent. My French isn't superb (!), especially my translation of 50 year old French handwriting, so the most I can decipher is that perhaps the writer's children are getting bigger (!), and that she is grateful for the receipt of a letter from Kathleen with news, and is perhaps looking forward to a trip to Paris soon...?? More accurate deciphering offers welcome.
Card #3: The last postcard is also of Lake Montriond, from a slightly different aspect. It is postmarked 1957, and intriguingly says 'I don't forget you and June 'Wilfred' or Alfred', and is addressed to a Mrs Goodall in Eastbourne. I assume June is a person rather than the month...though apparently June is an excellent time to get married, so who knows, it could actually be a wedding or anniversary reference.
The Time Still in Hand: Luckily all the cards sourced thus far are snowless - so have time to locate the spots, rather than rushing around in a panic up a mountain, camera in hand, before the snow all melts away...
Have half an eye still on eBay in case any more cards pop up too.