Today I have a bit of an oddball photograph from the Annapolis Heritage Society archives. This image was taken at the corner of St. George Street and Drury Lane in Annapolis Royal sometime between 1905 and 1910. The date for this photograph is a bit of an educated guess based on elements (yes elements not elephants) found in the picture.
There are a few things which have brought me to a 1905 - 1910 date. It would have been easy to set a date if I had documentary evidence of a circus coming to Annapolis Royal around this time. Sadly, there was nothing in the archives or the local newspaper abstracts referring to a circus at this time. When there is no documentation, the next thing to do is analyze the image itself.
Now, what in the picture would allow for a 1905 - 1910 date? The buildings in the background on the right side of the picture were destroyed in the 1920 fire. This gives us an excellent end date for when the photograph could have been taken. If the houses were burned in 1920, the picture was logically taken before that time. In the center of the picture are a few faded electrical poles. This provides another clue as electricity came to Annapolis Royal in 1905. This provides a start date for the photograph. A further clue is the clothing worn in the picture. These clothes, especially the ladies, are closer to the styles seen in 1900 than 1920. So, between these elements and a bit of guess work, I can estimate that the photograph was taken between 1905 and 1910.
As for the photograph itself, the image shows elephants walking past the old Annapolis Royal Post Office. They are marching toward the railyard which was located where the Farmers' Market is currently found. As with many of our archival documents, I would love to know more about this one. I would especially like to know which circus was in town.
All for now,