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Guillermo Thorn’s (1837 to 1920) post-1870 images reveal Plainfield at a time of enormous economic expansion as a thriving suburban metropolis and picturesque vacation spot. Vestiges of the city’s rural past confront modernity as monumental architecture is juxtaposed against tennis matches played in full-length skirts and where horses await their riders on densely built downtown streets. While still firmly rooted in the past, these images document Plainfield just at the moment that the city begins to resemble itself. Whether it is the cupola of city hall rising from behind a long-gone single-story structure, or the original Plainfield Trust still visible despite its now expanded façade, Thorn’s images capture the city as it begins to assume a recognizable shape to the twenty-first-century viewer.

 

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