Judging by the automobiles entering the park near the Washington Arch, this looks like an early 1920s view of Washington Square.
So much is different from the park today though: no playground, no fences, no dog run. Just small-scale, landscaped walkways, an unglamorous fountain, and a mysterious little building in the center that could be a comfort station.
The back of the card tells of romance in the park. “Here is one of our little parks, so you can see it is not all business down here,” the presumably male writer says.
“I have often sat in this park with a girl quite a few nights. Not lately though.”
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