Friday, July 17, 2015
The Round House, tea, and ice cream — circa 1906
I heard the cutest story from an old high school friend this week. She was on vacation with her six-year-old grandson when they got on a roller coaster at an amusement park. After they went down the first big hill, her grandson cried out, "This is not how I planned it!" As we say down South, that'll preach!
So this is "not how I planned" to show you this photo. I wanted to use my beloved Waterlogue app on my iPad to turn this photo into some dreamy artwork for a Saturday Teatime Tale, but alas, this is just too detailed a photo for my purposes and never looked good when I ran it through the app.
Even so, I think the photo is too pretty to leave without mentioning that I discovered it on that Library of Congress website I'm so wild about. (When's the last time you read the words "Congress" and "wild about" in the same sentence? Ahem.) At any rate, here's the page from the website, where I learned the 1906 photo is from Put-in-Bay, Ohio. The banner across the street advertises Round House, Tea, and Ice Cream. If you enlarge it from the LOC website, that poster at far right, the one leaning against a column, says, "Tea, Coffee, and All Kinds of Bottled Goods Delivered in the Park." At least I'm guessing the letter behind that gentleman is a "P." And look at those ladies in their elegant finery strolling down the street. Wouldn't they have made a great short story? The Round House was actually the Columbia Restaurant when it opened in 1873, was at some point a tea house, and is operated as a bar today. I sure wish the photo would have been usable as an illustration for a short story, but as the little boy on the roller coaster discovered, life doesn't always turn out how we plan it!