Friday, September 10, 2010

Postcard Friendship Friday: A fountain


Thank you to our hostess Beth at The Best Hearts are Crunchy for hosting Postcard Friendship Friday. Click on the link to see who else is playing!


This is a postcard of the Snow Memorial Fountain in Brockton Massachusetts.  Clearly an old postcard, and clearly a public fountain.  It is on the National Register of Historic places and even has a web page!  According to the web page:

"The clock which occupies a triangular island at North & East Main streets  in Winthrop Square, was given to the city in 1902 by shoe manufacturer & philanthropist George G. Snow. Mr. Snow built the clock and the granite fountain base so that no one in Brockton would go thirsty. It has a horse trough, a bubbler & at the left & right feet of the clock there are little brass effigies of a dog & a cat, with a bowl at foot level for each.  The clock was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978."

How wonderful that animals were considered in the building of this fountain.
Happy Postcard Friendship Friday!

Viridian

10 comments:

Snap said...

I wish they'd consider animals today!!!! Love the wonderful colors on this interesting card. Happy PFF

Sheila said...

Thank goodness it wasn't demolished in the name of development and progress. I wonder if the bowls for cats and dogs are kept filled with water.

Bob of Holland said...

Happy PFF. I like it very much that there are well designed public places in a city, where everyone can drink water freely. And that there were special bowls for horses, cats and dogs at this fountain too was simply great. You did a good thing with with your money, mr. Snow.

Postcardy said...

Looks like he wanted everyone to be on time too.

Life Goes On said...

What a beautiful vintage postcard. I love seeing the fashions of the times. Thanks for sharing

Aimee Dars said...

Great details - so glad to know the history of the fountain and the attention to the animals!

Lyneen said...

What a beautiful fountain... I wonder how many horses today stop by for a drink? Thanks for Sharing... Happy PFF

Linda said...

There used to be a horse trough on the Manhattan side of the 59th Street bridge that connected to Queens. Humane architecture, a great idea.

Andrea said...

What a beautiful postcard!!

Beth Niquette said...

Thank you for including the history! Wow--who would have thought? I think this is wonderful! And such a beautiful postcard.

Happy PFF!

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