Sepia Saturday - Promenading on the Promenade

There was a time when folks dressed up formally to simply take a walk in the park. Here we see a rather dapper looking gentleman, a finely dressed woman with her parasol, and two boys with ties! Yes going out was a chore. One had to look their best and stroll where they would be seen with the greatest visibility.
This park lines High Street in Newburyport, Massachusetts. High Street is the main drag through town which is lined with mansions of sea captains from the 1800's.
There is a pond, a beautiful fountain, and a Bulfinch designed courthouse. This beautiful walkway is sometimes known as a "the promenade," but more commonly known in Newburyport as the Mall. And Mall in this case is pronounced like "pal" which seems to be a colloquialism unique to the Newburyport area.
Would you dress up today to go out and take a walk in the park?

The top card is addressed to a Mrs Geo- Houghton, 125 Western Ave- Brattleboro, Vermont.
The message states: Dear Friend, I wonder is you have moved yet. Thank Ruth for the papers as well as yourself. I don't know Ruth's address. It was on the paper but tore (?) I have 174 chickens come down and I will cook. Your friend, A. W.
Postmark: Newburyport, Mass June 1, 1921 2:30 PM.
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Uapa said…
Ciao cool fox!
I'm not visiting you often, but I keep following your adventures :-)
These postcards are lovely, they made me feel like really walking there in the sun and I needed that, cos my mood today isn't that great XD
I love to see old addresses and dedications on postcards, it's always fascinating :-)
Thank you, I hope to see you soon :-*
Ah, dressing up to go parading. I can barely change clothes to go to the market. We should all go parading more often in parks.
Peaceful scenes. Would like to step inside & stroll.
Alan Burnett said…
You are absolutely right about dressing up to take a walk in the park. I remember my parents telling me how the highlight of the week when they were young was to dress up in their Sunday Best and take a walk in the park
Wendy said…
If I had a beautiful park with a promenade, I'd like to put on a crisp white dress and carry a lacy parasol. I'd like it once. I'd hate to have to iron that dress.
Bob Scotney said…
Most of the parks I frequent don't have avenues of trees, more open space where people walk their dogs. The most important thing to wear is a strong pair of shoes.
Unknown said…
Oh nice Mr. crazy fox. No, now days when one goes out to walk, they put on the sneakers and sweat pants and so on. If we met folks dressed up like that we would think they had gotten lost. LOL. Great post.
Queen Bee said…
What lovely postcards. I'd love to take a walk in the park wearing a pretty dress and meet up with my great-grandparents in 1912. Now, if I could just get my time machine to work! :)
Postcardy said…
I haven't got dressed up in so long that I don't even have any clothes suitable for dressing up.

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