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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Veteran Park: 1900

Veteran Park: 1900

Syracuse, New York, circa 1900. "Onondaga County Savings Building & Veteran Park." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

worlds Smallest park...

Actually, "Mill Ends Park" in Portland Oregon is recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as the Worlds Smallest park.
http://www.portlandonline.com/parks/finder/index.cfm?PropertyID=265&acti...

Syracusan periods

It seems that Syracuse has got a period-loving sign maker.

Ghost watcher

Man on the left, quietly smoking his pipe as the apparition passes by.

Now Hanover Square

I never knew this as Veteran Park. I've always known it as Hanover Square, which we always found odd because it's really a triangle. The park is now an abominable '70s brick and concrete plaza with ugly fountain. I'm shocked to learn that there have been absolutely undetectable changes to the Onondaga Savings Bank building on the right -- the nicely rounded portion between the towers was squared off quite expertly, and the entrance moved to the extreme left. The white postal and telegraph building, so grand that I'd always presumed it was once a bank as well, housed the restaurant where we had our pre-wedding dinner in 1983.

Clearly

When they don't want you to walk on the grass, they mean it. That might qualify as the world's smallest "park."

 
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