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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

St. Louis: 1940

St. Louis: 1940

May 1940. "Fountain in front of Union Station, St. Louis, Missouri." 35mm negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

It's a wedding. Mazel tov!

The artist's original title for this fountain was "The Wedding of the Waters." However, prominent St. Louis citizens/politicians thought that the use of the word "wedding" was inappropriate for such pagan images (mermaids & mermen). Thus the "official" name was changed to "The Meeting of the Waters."

It's still one of my favorite spots to take photos. Ummm, those girls aren't there anymore, though.

Union Station

We used to play in the Columbus fountain at Union Station and the waterfalls in Meridian Hill Park. My granma would sit and talk to the ladies. Peculiar thing, no matter where we went, my granma knew somebody.

Meeting of the Waters Fountain

The fountain is in Aloe Plaza, directly across from Union Station (behind the photographer). Sixty-eight years later, it's still there and just as beautiful.

More information here.

St. Louis Fountain

The fountain is named "Meeting of the Waters" and was created by the noted Swedish sculptor Carl Milles in 1936.

 
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