Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Paul Revere and the Old North Church in Boston, Massachusetts

Paul Revere Home, Boston, Massachusetts
Situated on North Street, one of the oldest sections of Boston.  This house still stands in its originality, all around it is now located a district which is mainly populated by Italian residents.

This postcard is unused.

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Paul Revere (January 1, 1735  – May 10, 1818) was an American silversmith and a patriot in the American Revolution. He is most famous for alerting Colonial militia of approaching British forces before the battles of Lexington and Concord, as dramatized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, Paul Revere's Ride. As a result, his "midnight ride" is a legendary part of United States history.

Here is a start of the poem .....

Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.

He said to his friend, "If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch
Of the North Church tower as a signal light,--
One if by land, and two if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country folk to be up and to arm."
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Here is a postcard of the inside of the Old North Church .....

"Old North" (Christ Church) of Paul Revere Fame (1723) - Showing original High Box Pews, Oldest clock in use in Public Building (1726), First Metal Pipe Organ Made in Colonies (1756). - Services every Sunday. -

This card is postmarked in 1993 with 19 cent balloon stamp.

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Paul Revere had instructed Robert Newman, the sexton of the North Church, to send a signal by lantern to alert colonists in Charlestown as to the movements of the troops when the information became known. In what is well known today by the phrase "one if by land, two if by sea", one lantern in the steeple would signal the army's choice of the land route while two lanterns would signal the route "by water" across the Charles River.
USA Stamp 1991
Hot Air Balloon
19 cents 

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