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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • RAINIER NATIONAL PARK: c. 1920s

Spitting Image: 1905

Spitting Image: 1905

St. Augustine, Florida, circa 1905. "In the court of the Hotel Ponce de Leon." Back at the Frog Fountain. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

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Still Going Strong

That fountain is still there, still going strong, in the courtyard of what is now Flagler College. The Hotel Ponce de Leon was only open from January through April, so no worries about the attire. It does get chilly in St. Augustine in January/February. The patrons all escaped to the northern resorts in the summer months.

Warm

Basking here outside of Boston in the high humidity and warm temps, I can't help but pity those gentlemen in their dark clothing, coats and ties. It's probably a good thing Tommy Bahama and Jimmy Buffett haven't been born yet.

[Florida was a winter resort. No one went there when it was hot. - Dave]

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