Friday, June 25, 2010
Bridgeport, Conn., 1907
Bridgeport took a beating in yesterday's storm which had tornado-like winds. It can be a tough town, in any kind of weather.
This urban scene from more than 100 years ago is haunting. It evokes the loneliest Edward Hopper painting: the starkly lit windows, a moody sky, a dog in the middle of the street, shadowy figures passing by. No trees. Yet, this was mailed out in 1907 to Mrs. P. Lotters of Hudson Heights, NJ, with the note, "Having a fine time -- Paula." Hey, if you say so. Cities large and small no doubt prided themselves on their shopping districts with large, brightly-lit store windows, filled with goods to entice shoppers. And a happy tourist with a friend in mind just snapped this card up without thinking twice about it.
The Best Hearts Are Crunchy. I won't be able to participate in PFF next Friday because I'll be at the paper doll convention in Kansas City. Will rejoin the following week.