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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

A Pleasant Prospect: 1906

A Pleasant Prospect: 1906

Circa 1906. "Prospect Street. Providence, Rhode Island." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

X-Games Here Years Later

This very spot is the location of the street luge starting line when the X-Games came to Providence. For years after you could still find four numbered lanes painted on the street there. Just down the road and around the corner on Angell Street is the steepest downhill run in town.

Tree still there also.

Look closely at the first tree on the right and compare it to the one in the Street View pic that the other guy posted. Same tree!!

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Isn't it strange that so many old photos are void of people?
Or have we adjusted to our current 300 million population?

[I count four people here, and a horse. I was just out on my street in the metro Washington area and didn't see anybody! - Dave]

HP Lovecraft's home street.

At least I'm pretty sure he lived on Prospect at some point in his early life.

Go Prov!

Great to see a rare picture of Providence. Lovin' it! I just wish they still had those old lamp and horse posts around. This picture was made into a color postcard.

[A good example of how Detroit Publishing used these images. - Dave]

104 years after

I think this is the place nowadays, isn't?


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Still There

Go North on Prospect from Olive, it's on the left. Great old building!!

I know this place!

That house is now the Woods-Gerry Gallery of the Rhode Island School of Design at 62 Prospect Street. I held my senior thesis show there.

The admissions and tpresident's office were also in this building, I believe. The building still looks very much the same with lots of nice shade trees all around. It is said to be haunted, too.

Admissions Office

The building on the left is now the Woods Gerry Gallery and Admissions Office for the Rhode Island School of Design. Still a beautiful building.

 
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