Thursday, December 30, 2010

Ice Skating in Central Park, late 1850s.

For the New Year, I give you ice skating in Central Park, an undated, six-penny lithograph print from Currier & Ives, New York City, circa late 1850s.  Click on the image for full size.  It shows a beautiful crisp day, friends sharing good health and good spirits, enjoying an escape from the teeming city.  (More than 800,000 people lived on the southern tip of Manhattan Island at this time, making it one of the most densely populated spots on earth.)  Enjoy.

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