Thursday, January 20, 2011

Children's Playground, Golden Gate Park c1887


Not far from these rather pastoral swings, with the air carrying the laughter of children were grizzly bears. Real, live bears in dark steel cages. Although safely, we all thought in these restraints, the sense of an exotic environment prevailed, rides on Elephants were popular, were  for a nickle you could take a grand ride, for a moment pretend you were India, and have experience remembered for a lifetime.  
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photographer unknown, possibly Taber from original albumen print
Collection of San Francisco Images / World Wide Archive.

references
Golden Gate Park's Children's Playground
http://www.outsidelands.org/swendsen3.php
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