The Collective Picture

Vintage Photography Redefined

admin On August - 29 - 2009

Living in apartments for the past several years has been an adjustment. I grew up with a backyard and being limited to my one bedroom apartment and small deck is quite a difference  from the sprawling lawns of suburbia. What makes city apartment life more doable are the spaces preserved so that all urban dwellers can have a semblance of a backyard. In Vancouver this space is Stanley Park, with its vast forests, ballparks, playgrounds and beaches it is the outdoor arena for Vancouverites of all ages. I stumbled across a collection of archive images depicting a 150 year history of Central Park (http://www.time.com/time/photogallery/0,29307,1915263,00.html) and it brought to mind the importance of these preserved natural landscapes and how these green spaces within urban jungles define the cities that surround them. So with the significance of these spaces in mind here is a collection of archive photos showing urban parks around the world.

1897 great cedar tree stanley park vancouver Canada The Urban Forest: City Parks Around the Worldcities

1897. Great cedar tree, Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Notman photographic Archives – McCord Museum

between 1900 and 1919 hyde park london The Urban Forest: City Parks Around the Worldcities

ca. 1900-1919. Hyde Park Londen.  Ch. Chusseau-Flaviens. George Eastman House Collection. Access number: 1975:0112:2077

1916 mount royal park montreal The Urban Forest: City Parks Around the Worldcities

1916. The Lookout, Mount Royal Park, Montreal, QC Canada.Wm. Notman & Son. Notman photographic Archives – McCord Museum www.musee-mccord.qc.ca/en/collection/artifacts/VIEW-16204

c1897 golden gate park san francisco california 904x1024 The Urban Forest: City Parks Around the Worldcities

c1897.Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, Cal. Stereo copyrighted by B.L. Singley (Keystone View Co.) Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b17740

1914 curling high park toronto ontario canada The Urban Forest: City Parks Around the Worldcities

17 Jan., 1914. Curling on pond, High Park, Toronto, Ont. Credit: John Boyd / Library and Archives Canada /
Restrictions on use: Nil
Copyright: Expired.

circa1880 to 1897 mexico chapultepec park mexico city The Urban Forest: City Parks Around the Worldcities

Between 1880 and 1897. Chapultepec, Mexico. Photographer Jackson, William Henry. Detroit Publishing Co. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/det.4a28143

Between 1910 and 1915 battery park The Urban Forest: City Parks Around the Worldcities

Between 1910 and 1915. Battery Park on hot day. George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ggbain.09816

c1905 shore drive lincoln park chicago The Urban Forest: City Parks Around the Worldcities

c1905. Shore Drive, Lincoln Park, Chicago, Ill. Detroit Publishing Co., copyright claimant, publisher. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/det.4a12898

ueon park tokyo marine exhibit The Urban Forest: City Parks Around the Worldcities

Marine Exhibit., Ueno Park, Tokyo. George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress). http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.ggbain

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