Sunday Rides in Central Park, 1903

The Terrace, Central Park, 1902, B.J. Falk - Library of Congress, Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-121333 (b&w film copy neg.)

The Terrace, Central Park, 1902, B.J. Falk – Library of Congress, Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-121333 (b&w film copy neg.)

For Sunday’s in July 1903 Edith Vail Ross had a habit of making visits with friends and some extended family that lived in New York City. Often the entertainment for the afternoon was a “drive” through Central Park, and by drive she meant by means of a horse. It didn’t always go as planned though as she tells of her friend Hattie and another ordering a horse and waiting for it down in the street for two hours. The driver had been sent to the wrong address and by the time he arrived the ladies determined it was too late to set off the usual ride. They returned inside to make themselves a supper and were soon joined by other young friends making for a larger than expected crowd to eat casually in the kitchen. When they were finished they all joined in to clean up and “made short work of it…even Joe pitched in to dry the plates“.

While the friendship and camaraderie was strong it appears that Edith was the only young female from her peer group of friends and relatives that was set on building a career. She had grown weary of explaining about the vocal auditions and various outcomes to them and had started to hold back many of the details of her exploits. Only when she was sure how an audition or a meeting had turned out would she share her new adventure. To read disappointment on her cousins’s face along with the sting of a unsuccessful audition was more than Edith had patience for.

Title: [Central Park, goat carriages in the park, New York, N.Y.], Reproduction Number: LC-D4-33453 (b&w glass neg.), Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

Title: [Central Park, goat carriages in the park, New York, N.Y.], Reproduction Number: LC-D4-33453 (b&w glass neg.), Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

While Edith never mentioned any carriage rides by goat, this is a lovely image of such a ride for children in Central Park from about the time period.

About Guenevere Crum

Guenevere Crum is an artist and a great granddaughter of Edith and Paul Eisler. She has been actively sleuthing her Eisler - Vail Ross heritage since 1999.
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