I had the pleasure of visiting Grant’s Tomb on President’s Day, 2019, one of a few days each year where they bring in a Ulysses S. Grant impersonator. Or maybe I should say the Ulysses S. Grant impersonator – how many can there be? Also notable is that the small trees shown here are now so tall that I don’t recall being able to see the GW Bridge, or even the river, for that matter.
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.
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.
I was fortunate enough to be able to climb the stairs to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument in 2017. The view captured by this postcard is essentially changed from the 1930s. Obelisks were kind of a fad in the mid-1800s – this one dates from 1843.
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.