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Hartford Y: 1907

Hartford Y: 1907

Hartford, Connecticut, circa 1907. "Young Men's Christian Association building, Pearl and Jewell Sts." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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A Very Definite Look

This was the long gone YMCA building in my hometown.

Better Safe Than Sorry

The building is gone, but there's still a fire hydrant in the same place. Hartford is after all, the insurance capital of the USA.

YMCA Building Architecture

I notice this building looks so similar to the YMCA building (long since used for college offices) on Dartmouth’s campus from the same period (Bartlett Hall) that I googled YMCA architecture and discovered that design historian Paula Lupkin produced a dissertation as a UPenn PhD candidate that became a book on this subject titled "Manhood Factories." The abstract sounds fascinating.

Black-clad babe alert

I totally admire the lady who barely made it into the photo. Her OOTD is stunning -- even from the back -- and she's so stylishly slender, with a confident posture. I wonder if she's looking at a person back to her left, or simply pondering whether it is safe to cross the street. Also was she in mourning, or did she merely enjoy making a fashion statement? Either way, more than a century later she remains a savvy fashionista for the ages in her LBD with fabulous hat and dainty reticule. How I wish I knew her name.

Another Romanesque bites the dust

Here's the intersection today. Too bad a parking lot now occupies that great location. Across the street is Bushnell Park and the state capitol.

I wish the streetsweeper had paused so he would not be forever a blur. But I guess manure waits for no man.

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