Brooklyn History Photo of the Week: Summer

Summer, Dr. Ralph Irving Lloyd, circa 1910, v1981.15.208; Lloyd Collection; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Back in the early twentieth century, before the heyday of air conditioning, shady trees offered a welcome respite from hot Brooklyn sidewalks. This photograph of one shady street was taken by Dr. Ralph Irving Lloyd in Park Slope circa 1910. It is part of the Lloyd Collection which includes roughly 400 lantern photographs of Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and other locations, taken between 1890 and 1920.  Dr. Lloyd was an ophthalmologist by trade, but had a passion for photography.  Dr. Lloyd’s subjects ranged from old buildings and baseball to scenery and street scenes, We hope this photo will inspire you, next time you’re walking down the hot street with an Italian ice in hand, to picture what that street might have looked like one hundred years ago.

Interested in seeing more photos from BHS’s collection? Visit our online image gallery, which includes a selection of our images. To search our entire collection of images visit BHS’s Othmer Library Wed-Fri, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

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