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Golden Girls: 1905

Golden Girls: 1905

St. Augustine, Florida, circa 1905. "In the court of the Hotel Ponce de Leon." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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And the band played on

A nice time is always guaranteed with live music in the background.

Music Soothes the Savage Beast

Although I cannot identify any savage beasts in this picture, it appears we are being treated to a musical interlude by the performers on the porch.

[It's beast if you're quoting Bugs Bunny; otherwise it's breast: "Musick has charms to soothe a savage breast" (William Congreve, "The Mourning Bride," 1697). - Dave]

Thank you Dave. I stand corrected. I was alluding to William Congreve.

Generations

Mother, Daughter, Grandma?

Flagler's hotel looks eerily similar today as the campus of Flagler U, right in the heart of bustling St. Augustine. (I lived there for a year back in another life.)

I love seeing glimpses of long gone genteel society. Notice musicians playing for diners on the veranda and the three parasols for "ladies of a certain station." One has little doubt they wintered here and spent summers in Newport.

Hotel concerto

Beautiful picture. It managed to capture the whole atmosphere of a peaceful day, in a hotel with high standards for the etiquette (they have uniforms even for the band members). I'd like to know what they were playing.

So Lovely in the Winter!

I have always enjoyed Florida in the winter. It’s possibly even more sunny, no hurricanes, you can dress up without sweating like a pig. Even a stroll on the beach is a delight with a nice cool breeze. The young can have Florida in the summer, just let me have it after Labor Day!

The Thinker

She's obviously thinking about how ridiculous that hat is.

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