For this first day of October, here’s an autumnal view of Riverside Drive in New York, c. 1910.

There are a few automobiles, a few horse-drawn vehicles, lots of pedestrians, and a lady sitting on the fence in a really enormous hat.

Enjoy looking around!

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Thanks to Mindy Groff (our occasional guest-blogger from the Carriage Museum of America) for this post on exploring public libraries …

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When I visit a new place, I’m always curious to see the library. Wherever we travel – from Mackinac Island to the campus of Yale, New York City to Indianapolis – my husband has gotten used to taking detours so that I can poke around neat buildings and unique collections. But there are many parts of this country I’ve yet to explore and many libraries I will never get a chance to visit. Because of this, I’m always excited to learn about opportunities to peruse collections online from the comfort of my computer.

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is an internet portal through which materials from collections around the country can be searched, viewed, and even downloaded. It’s a way for internet users like you and me to search through the holdings at libraries, archives, and museums around the country, without visiting them in person. The DPLA pulls resources from a variety of “Hubs,” (large libraries or collecting institutions around the country, which in turn collect resources from smaller organizations within their region), and assembles them into a single searchable database. So with a simple search on their website (www.dp.la), you can access materials from around the country.

I’ve spent a good part of my morning exploring this website. (Have I mentioned recently that I love my job?) Knowing that readers of this blog share my interest in history and/or carriages, I know that you’ll enjoy it as well. Here are just a few of my favorite finds from typing “carriage” into the search box. Try a search for yourself to find thousands more!

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From the collection of the Smithsonian Archives – History Division

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Image courtesy of L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602.

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One of our CAA members forwarded a link to this fascinating old photo (taken on Sept. 23, 1871), which is in the collection at the University of Minnesota’s Kathryn A. Martin Library, in Duluth.

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When she sent the image, Vicki wrote, “This stage ran from Superior, Wisconsin, around the bay to Duluth, Minnesota, and on to St. Paul, Minnesota. It was the last stage to do the trip, as the railway had already arrived at the head of the lake (Lake Superior).”

Thanks, Vicki, for alerting us to this great photo!

There is a lot going on in this photo of Herald Square, in New York City, c. 1903.

Enjoy perusing all the details!

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Here, finally, are some photos from last Sunday’s cones competition at the World Equestrian Games.

As you already know, Boyd Exell won the individual gold medal. He was the last driver to tackle the cones course, and he had a double-clear round to win the gold medal. After finishing the course, he patted his wheelers and set off on a victory lap … which his horses sure seemed to enjoy.

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With his own double-clear round just before Boyd’s, Chester Weber secured the individual silver medal …

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I missed being able to photography any of Misdee Wrigley Miller’s dressage test, so here are a few photos of her trip through the cones course …

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And that’s it … I hope you’ve enjoyed your virtual visit to the Driving Championship at this year’s World Equestrian Games in France!

I meant to mention this earlier in the week, but I hope you’ve figured it out by now regardless. I’ve been keeping you up to date on the Driving Championship at the World Equestrian Games via my CAA Twitter account, which you can read three different ways: my three most recent Tweets on the right of this page, at the CAA’s Twitter page online, or through your own Twitter account (I’m @CarriageAssoc). So by now you should know that Boyd Exell (AUS) won the individual gold medal, Chester Weber (USA) won silver, and Theo Timmerman (NED) won bronze. In the team competition, the Dutch won gold, the Germans won silver, and the Hungarians won bronze. I’m still going through my photos from the cones competition, but I hope to have those up soon. After the awards ceremony, our CAA group came back to our hotel in lovely Trouville sur Mer, and I must admit that I enjoyed a walk down to the beach (and a scoop of ice cream) rather than an afternoon in front of my computer!

Are you ready to see some photos of yesterday’s driving marathon at the World Equestrian Games? Of course you are!

The layout of both the course and the obstacles was a bit unusual this year, and it was difficult to find a particular obstacle that would photograph well. I ended up on the sidewalk above obstacle 2, which is where I took all these photos. I hope you enjoy the view!

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First off, here’s Germany’s Christoph Sandmann, who won the marathon phase.

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And then we have Australia’s Boyd Exell, the defending World Champion, who is now in first place overall, heading into today’s cones competition …

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… Fewer than three points behind Boyd heading into the cones phase is Chester Weber (USA), the winner of the dressage phase.

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Chester’s two U.S. teammates, as I’ve mentioned previously, are Lisa Stroud (shown in the first two of the four photos below) and Misdee Wrigley Miller (shown, in the second two photos, negotiating a tight corner).

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Many American drivers are also quite familiar with these two, as one has worked in the U.S. for a number of years and the other has served as both coach and chef d’equipe for various U.S. teams at international competitions. In the first photo below is Gavin Robson (Australia) and in the second is Koos de Ronde (the Netherlands).

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Along the sidewalks of two streets, the spectator area of the marathon course was separated from the outside world by a long line of fencing with cloth banners designed to keep the non-ticket-holding public from getting, or even looking, in … but that didn’t completely work as planned. The alternate title for this photo, of course, is “Eeek, the fence is watching us!”

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And, finally, I just love these two photos of the young Hungarian driver Jozsef Dobrovitz, Jr., and his horses …

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It’s about time for me to head out for the Top 10 in the cones competition, so I’ll have more on that later!

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