Posts Tagged ‘old photos Central Park’

Would you do laundry in the Central Park lake?

May 22, 2017

Would you wash your clothes by hand in the lake in Central Park? These three women did it, and they had a reason.

December 16, 1949—the day the photo was taken—was “dry Friday” in New York City. Thanks to a severe drought that left upstate reservoirs at 34 percent capacity, city residents were forbidden to shave, bathe, or do any other activity that day if it required water.

These three women—Copacabana girls, part of the East Side nightclub’s famous chorus girl lineup, per the caption on the photo—are demonstrating their patriotic duty to do laundry without any running water.

A beautiful day in Central Park one century ago

July 14, 2016

Here’s how your great-grandparents enjoyed Central Park almost 100 years ago (the postmark on the other side is stamped 1917).

The group of women seem to be relaxing and chatting, and the man on his own to the right appears to have some kind of camera or viewing device.

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I don’t know what is going on with what looks like a baby carriage on the left. A shadowy figure appears to be sitting on the bench tending to it.

Girls playing games in Central Park in springtime

May 2, 2016

I’m not sure what these girls are up to as they hold hands and form a line under a towering tree with the Plaza Hotel in the distance.

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A girls’ school recess, perhaps? The woman standing under the tree could be a headmistress or teacher. In any case, it looks like a carefree spring day.

[Photo: NYPL Digital Gallery]