Possible themes for this week's Sepia Saturday include festivals, floats, feathers and fair maidens. Hmmm. Well, after much consideration I think I can do the festivals and feathers. I have lots of fair maidens but will save those for another day.
This first photo is a photo postcard of the downtown square of my hometown Mount Vernon, Illinois dated between 1904 and 1910. I have no idea what the celebration was about and had quite a discussion on a Facebook group I belong to with fellow Mt. Vernon history buffs and no one came up with a definitive answer. The women in white appear to belong to some organization, possibly like the Salvation Army and note the child in the middle carrying the American flag.
One thing I love about this photo is that Mt. Vernon's main streets all used to be paved in brick, but with modernization those have sadly been paved over. (Click on photos to enlarge).
|Mt. Vernon, IL Square 1904 - 1910|
This second photo postcard is Trenton, New Jersey from the same time period and depicts the 1909 Inter-State Fair. Trenton is the birthplace of my husband's father and of many of his ancestors which is what drew me to it.
|Trenton, NJ Inter-State Fair 1909|
Well, that covers the festivals.....now for the feathers. Two of my favorite birds are flamingos and peacocks and I just happen to have old Florida postcards of both. The first one is of the famous flamingos of the Hialeah Park and Racing Casino. This is a linen postcard ca. 1930's. The flamingos were introduced into the park in 1934 from Cuba to inhabit the infield lake and have since become an iconic Florida image. This particular postcard shows a breeding flock of flamingos with nests and five eggs.
I myself have taken hundreds of photographs of them at Flamingo Gardens in Davie, FL including this one and never tire of looking at them. Such beautiful birds!
And finally the majestic Peacock! Another linen postcard from the 1930's or 40's from the Parrot Jungle in Miami, Florida.
I also photographed this beautiful peacock at Flamingo Gardens. I chased the poor things all over the park in fact, trying to get one to open his tail feather to no avail. I learned later that only the males open their plumes and only twice a year during mating rituals. Just my luck!