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Urban Oasis: 1905

Urban Oasis: 1905

1905. "In Roger Williams Park -- Providence, Rhode Island." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.


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Deposit Rubbish Here

Says the sign on the forlorn-looking wooden wastebin on the right. A practise not particularly endorsed by the park-goers, judging by the trash lying around. Kind of ruined the otherwise idyllic scene for me.

[If only you had been there to guide them. - Dave]

Duck Roost

At first glance thought some ducks had roosted in the middle lady's hat. But even if they had, she probably wouldn't have noticed until she got home.

Just Wondering

Just wondering if in 100 years people will be saying the same things about our clothes. Time to watch H.G. Wells' " The Time Machine" film with Rod Taylor.


I remember my grandfather called it that. Not a term you hear very often nowadays.


That's one heck of a fishing pole.


I love how the swings across the pond are adult-sized. That might get more people out to the parks nowadays.

Where did you get that hat?

The millinery atop their heads must have made them walk straighter.

Makeshift infrastructure?

The tree limb, stump and wire all appear to an "on the fly" installation of a communication or power wire. I have early 1900's prewar guides "For the installation of wires" that show these techniques, sans the park bench.

[It would have been used to draw water from the well. - Dave]

So Sweaty

How utterly suffocating their attire must have been. I mean, they look elegant and dashing, but it just seems miserable when you compare it to today's dress. Heck, even in comparison to the 1950s. The Roaring '20s fashions must have been a revelation.

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