Fredonia, NY

2021 is supposed to be the fourth and final year of an improvement project here that was to include a decorative perimeter fence, landscaping, replacement of walkways, and updates to the lighting fixtures and two water fountains (one pictured). I wonder how it’s coming along.

Albany, NY

The way it was explained to me, part of the reason for this building’s size and shape was to completely cut off the grand Episcopal Cathedral of All Saints that is tucked tightly behind it, in ultimately a Catholic versus Protestant squabble. I learned that on my tour of the Cathedral. When I took a tour of this building, the story never came up.

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.

St. Petersburg, FL

I sent this to a relative in Tampa at a time when there was a spate of sinkholes in the area that were getting national attention. I thought they might try the slogan “Now more sunken than ever!”. It would have been nice to visit here, but the chances seem slim now that I have no relatives anywhere nearby.

Piercy, CA

I mailed this to a friend who had the recently-planted tree in front of his house mowed down by a drunk driver. He was caught when video footage from a nearby gas station captured a vehicle with branches sticking out of it.

(Don’t worry, I’ll have more to say about carving gift shops and automobile tunnels into California redwoods in future posts)

Newburgh, NY

I don’t know why 1776 is in quotation marks, or even appears on this card at all. This was Washington’s Headquarters in 1782 and 1783, after the Revolutionary War was over. At one point the soldiers, not having been paid for a long time, circulated a few letters proposing a revolt, which came to be known as the Newburgh Conspiracy. Washington made a surprise appearance and talked everyone down, in sharp contrast to a more recent president who confronted a conspiratorial mob and talked them up.