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A few scenes of St. Amand circa 1915 contrasted with photos taken by David Butler and Ruby Smale on a voyage of discovery in 1998.
In his letters, S.B, Butler mentions the fashion of people washing their clothes in the river. This postcard scene titled "Le Lavoir de Pont Pasquet" is only a couple hundred yards from his billet on Rue Ernest Mallard.
The same scene in 1998. The major change seems to be the bridge has been rebuilt and a number of chimneys are missing.
Le Place Carré. This is a postcard image of the bandstand in the square in St. Amand. S.B.Butler writes of going here to listen to music.
Le Place Carré, 1998. The trees and Music stand still remain, but cars now surround it and the buildings that were in the background are missing.
Le pont de Charenton. Just east of Captain Butler's billet. The Marmonde river is divided at this point. One canal is used by the Moulin (Mill) just downstream.
Le pont de Charenton, 1998.
Gallo-Roman ruins just south of St. Amand-Montrond (Drevant). From a hand-painted post card.
Gallo-Roman ruins, 1998.