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"LOUISVILLE, in Central Park"
ca 1900-1905

This view near the present day entrance to St. James Court shows the park and it's mature plantings around 1905.  This reminds us, that although the park's centennial is 2004 (100 years after the city of Louisville acquired the land and hired the firm of Frederick Law Olmsted to do the landscaping), the green space actually has a much earlier history, albeit under the generous use allowed by the DuPonts.  The park public had been popular since decades earlier.

This card was never used, however we can date it to 1905 or before because of the space on the front of the card intended for writing messages.  In the early years of US postcards, messages on the back of the card were not allowed, only the address of the recipient.  This is one of the very fine British Tuck's views (Raphael Tuck & Sons Post Card Series).

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Vintage Postcard Views of Louisville

Old Louisville 
     Second Street  
     Third Avenue  
     Fourth Avenue  
     St James Court  
     Central Park  
     The Confederate Monument  
     The 1937 Flood  

Louisville (the rest of the city)
     Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby  
     The Old Court House  
     City Hall
     East to West along Broadway 
     The Seelbach Hotel  
     Railroad Stations   
     Without extended descriptions:
     Fourth Street   
     The Armory  
     The Old Post Office and Customs House    
     City Parks   


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