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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Gordon Park: 1908

Gordon Park: 1908

Cleveland, Ohio, circa 1908. "Bathing scene, Gordon Park." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

What light hails through yon lapping waves?

The hushing thought of these sprouting youths now all gone, flung back to mystery of their origins.

"In 2010 the last bather caved in,
He said fellas it's been good to know ya."

Another view

Not so crowded on this day (postcard postmarked 1907):

Bathing Beach, Gordon Park Antique Postcard

Wet at last

Well finally we see people in the water instead of just sitting on the beach with their fancy clothes as in other photos.

 
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