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Size: 3" x 5"
Copyrighted: 1891
Lithographer: Joseph P. Knapp

Luzerne, Switzerland - Righi; Lion of Luzerne; Lake Luzerne
Illustrations: Mountain Guide; The Righi; Lion of Luzerne; Lake Luzerne; View of Luzerne; Swiss Peasant

NOTE: There appear to be 2 printing varieties for this card, distinguishable by the presence or absence of a comma in the caption at the bottom center of the card. These varieties were originally identified by Jerry Anderson.
Caption includes an obvious comma between LUZERNE and SWITZERLAND. (This is the variety shown on the full-size card, above).
Caption does not have a comma between LUZERNE and SWITZERLAND.

Reverse - Text
Right section:
Lucerne, on the most beautiful of the Swiss lakes, dates from the eighth century. It is located on both banks of the Reuss, at the point where that river leaves the lake. There is an ancient picturesque tower in the middle of the river in which the archives of the city are kept. It was once a lighthouse; from this circumstance the name Lucerne is derived.
The lake is irregular in form, somewhat in the shape of a cross, of which the Bay of Lucerne represents the head, the Gulfs of Alpnach and Küssnacht the arms, and Uri the foot.
The chief object of interest in Lucerne is the colossal Lion, a monument to the Swiss Guards who died at Paris in defending the cause of France at the beginning of the Revolution in 1792. The lion, cut from the face of a solid sandstone rock, is 28 feet long by 18 feet high, and represents him holding the fleur-de-lis in his paws while his life is ebbing from a spear wound in his side. The model was sent from Rome by Thorwaldsen, but its design and carrying out were due to Col. Pfyffer, one of the survivors of the massacre. It stands in a lovely garden belonging to his house.
One of the most notable excursions is the famous Rigi. The Rigi Kulm in its actual vertical height is estimated at 5,900 feet above the sea. The view from this mountain is one of surpassing beauty. The view from Mt. Pilatus is yet finer, but the position of the peak with reference to the storms reaching Lucerne from the higher Alpine region beyond, keeps Pilatus constantly wrapped in fog. It takes its name from a legend describing Pontius Pilate as taking refuge, upon banishment from Galilee, in the top of this mountain, and during a fit of remorse, throwing himself into its lake.
Population, 20,314.