The top image of the Crusoe Buildings on Lower Largo's Main Street dates to around the turn of the century. The present day photograph highlights the changes over the decades - new roof, wall repairs, alterations to windows, for example. The statue of Alexander Selkirk and information plaque remain unchanged. Of course, Selkirk was not born in this house but rather in an earlier one that stood on this site. Impressions of how the original thatched cottage would have looked are shown in previous posts about the statue unveiling and the Selkirk artefacts. An interesting detail from the above postcard is the paraphernalia around the window to the left of the doors. It looks to me like a sack of straw above a feeding trough for a horse. There is what could be a nosebag hanging alongside and a shovel on the ground below that. In the present day image, cars stand where the horse might have refuelled a century or more ago.
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