77 years after getting postcard, visitor sees Front Street himself
More than three quarters of a century after catching a glimpse of Bermuda in a postcard, a Wyoming man was able to see the bustling streets of Hamilton in person.
Seventy-seven years after receiving the postcard as a boy, Bob Grinell visited the Island to see the exact spot depicted on the postcard.
The postcard was sent on October 11, 1937 by an uncle of Mr Grinell and showed horse and buggies negotiating Front Street, near the current location of the Bird Cage.
On the postcard, his uncle wrote: “This is just to say hello from Bermuda and to show you the fastest way you can travel.”
Mr Grinell's stepdaughter Peggy Kaplan, from Columbus, Ohio, said: “When he was just a young boy living in Libertyville, Illinois, his Uncle Newel sent him a postcard depicting the town centre. His uncle had worked for the Kodak company and he travelled the world.
“Bob had never been to the island before and so as a gift to him and the rest of our family we brought them all to our favourite island in the world — lovely Bermuda. He carried the postcard with him all of these years and when he learned we were taking him there, one of the first things he wanted to do was to go to the exact spot where this postcard image came from.”
She added that the family enjoyed their time on the Island. “We all found the people of Bermuda to be kind, intelligent, very polite and welcoming to the strangers who are fortunate enough to visit this most treasured island.”