A snapshot from a winter day, then

Ice skating Washington Park Lake  1880  albany ny

This photo is the frozen Washington Park Lake in the 1880s. It's from the extensive Albany Group Archive on Flickr.

There are a few things we like about this photo. One is that it shows the old lake house. The other is that, if you head over to Flickr and look at a big version of the photo, you there are all these little moments going on. People chatting. Kids playing. Three women trying hold their balance.

It's just a snapshot of life on a winter day, here, 130some years ago.

Earlier: "This is the hat."

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