Saturday, May 28, 2011

Antique Amusement Park Photos With SEPIA Versions

Greetings, all! This time of year, when the kids are out of school for summer, family times seem to revolve around outdoor activities. Here is a duo of photos shot in the very early 1900's (NOTE: while the pouch has a date of 1908, on examining the dress of the crowd, we found these must have been shot as early as a few years before) depicting all manner of fun activities one could share with one's family back then. While rides have become ever faster and wilder, the principle's the same. And where better to enjoy the out of doors in an urban scene than in the "Queen City" of the Rockies?
In our two pictures, then, note how they center around a water feature and a bridge. Now, this was the place to cool off, even if one kept out of the water. 
But supposing we were to take a chance, bring our 100% wool bathing costume (sleeves and all) with us and take a ride down a chute and into that bright water? After being in one's stockings, bloomers, petticoats, pinched toe shoes, long sleeves (longer than one's bathing costume came with!), and so on-! It must have felt like bliss, sliding with a splash down into the cooling pool below.
While both of these may print to around postcard size for the time, there is some heavy work--a facelift, if you will--to the second of the two. Apparently, someone spilled something on this particular photo, marring most of its color and tone, and nearly spoiling our fun. It may hold up on enlarging to a certain extent, but we wouldn't like you to think both were of the same quality. Just a word to the wise.
For more information on the long history of this amusement park, you can go HERE.
And for more on how photographs came to be hand colored for a while, you can try HERE to be informed.
Anyhow, here they are, for anyone's use--free to you of course!

For views on the Pouch this photo set came with, see below (Antique Memento of Summer Fun)

Happy Summer Creativity, everyone!
From Rose & the rest of the Studio gang

Antique Amusement Park Photos c. 1905

"The Chutes"
Downloadable Version HERE

Steampunked Version HERE

"Scenic Railway"
Downloadable Version HERE

Steampunked Version HERE

Scanned Imagery courtesy PPS Archives

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Ann said...

Rose..these are wonderful!!! thanks so much!! Imagine wearing those wool "bathing costumes" in the heat of summer!!xo

Plush Possum Studio said...

Ann: LOL And it gives a whole new meaning to "Sweatin' to the Oldies" doesn't it?

Mina said...

These images are remarkable. If it had a stain, I cannot imagine the time you took to clean it up because it looks pristine.

Plush Possum Studio said...

Mina: You're very kind. The signs are still that that we had a major overhaul to go through. It was almost voted down for posting. In the sky is where you might see a repeated texture that is telltale evidence for the digital repair that we had to get into.
Hope you're having a marvelous weekend

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