Friday, April 11, 2014

1906 postcard: "Lovers Lane, Bronx Park, N.Y. City"

And this morning we have two well-dressed gentlemen taking a stroll down Lovers Lane a century ago...

This postcard is marked as "H 33a" and has a 1905 copyright by The Rotograph Co. of New York. (But it was produced in Germany, according to the back.)

Pictured on the hand-colored card1 is Lovers Lane at Bronx Park in New York City. The park dates to the late 19th century and is home to the New York Botanical Garden and the Bronx Zoo.

As this predates split-back postcards, the message is written on the front. It states: "Edyth was sorry she did not have more time at camp. Rena." There is also an address written on the front: 540 West 146th Street. That address, I believe, is now home to apartments in the Hamilton Heights section of Manhattan.

The postcard was apparently not mailed until after Rena returned home from her visit to New York City. (Have you ever done that?) The first postmark is at 8 a.m. on August 9, 1906, in Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania. And the second (the "received" postmark) is at 3:30 p.m. on August 9, 1906 in Baltimore, Maryland.2 (How's that for same-day service?) The card was sent to:

Miss Georgia B. Klinefelter,
Mt. Washington,
Balto. Co.,
c/o Mr. Jos. Brenize

1. Kooky Kitsch has a copy of the black-and-white (uncolored) version of this postcard.
2. The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Cincinnati Reds, 4-2, on August 9, 1906. The Phillies' best hitter that season was Sherry Magee, who hit six of the team's 12 home runs. (It was the dead-ball era.)

What is the man on the left doing?

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