Past lives on, sort of...
I'm loving this. After forwarding this 1910 photo of the old League Park in Cleveland to my buddy Fred, he sent back links that lead me to the vintage postcard above, which features the park's ticket office. The park is long gone, but the ticket office remains - the photo shown above is from Google Street View. I'm so used to old relics being completely obliterated that to find such a small but lovely piece of one still in existence is a wonderfully pleasant surprise. The entire League Park land parcel is currently vacant with most of it (at least as of 2009) owned by the city - which inspires, to an idealist like me, thoughts of the ballpark being rebuilt from scratch. But then reality sets in and I realized that a city park is infinitely more practical and affordable. But I can still dream.
Then again: you may say that I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. Okay, not an exact replica, but pretty close.
This is so great to see these two images side by side like this. This coming summer, I'm thinking of doing a project where I take a bunch of old photos of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair down to Jackson Park, and try taking new images right in the same exact locations; my hope is to find at least a couple of examples like the one you're showing here.
Posted by: Jason Pettus at Jan 31, 2011 11:11:41 PM