Albany, NY

This statue of Moses remains a prominent feature in Albany’s Washington Park. I found an 1893 New York Times review that gushed over its authentic use of a middle-aged Hebrew man as a model.

Little Rock, AR

This is one of those postcards where research leads only to other copies of the same postcard, either for sale or in library collections. The reverse of the card says the sculpture was constructed by “settlers”, but I am skeptical, as beach umbrellas weren’t a thing in the 1820s. I guess the question is whether this is a beach umbrella or a beech umbrella.

Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, QC

This is a basilica in Quebec where people affix their crutches to the pillars when they believe themselves to have been cured. A recent Tripadvisor review notes there were two pillars with crutches, while a century ago there were at least three. I take that as very indirect evidence that the polio vaccine turned out to be more effective than prayer.