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Horse Drawn 1914 Lighthouse Parade Float


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This enlarged image of an antique post card showing a horse drawn lighthouse parade float has saved a unique slice of history, but it has also left us with many unanswered questions, such as: where was this parade; who built the lighthouse float; what happened to the float?

It is unfortunate that we don’t know the real history behind this lighthouse parade float. However, we have some clues, such as the pennant on the top of the lighthouse. It appears to be the logo used by the Beacon Shoe Company. Also on the card, but not shown here, are the following letters and numbers: F.A.G.A.’14 #11. Because of this, we can surmise that the image is from a parade in 1914 and the initials might stand for the name of the parade and the #11 for the eleventh float in the parade or the 11th in a series of post cards made by the photographer.

Research shows that the year 1914 was a big year for parades across the United States, including the giant May Day Parade in New York City and the Women’s Peace Parade that was held in New York City one month after hostilities broke out that started World War I. However, it’s highly unlikely that this lighthouse parade float was in either of those parades.

Perhaps one of many subscribers can tell us all about this lighthouse parade float. If you can help, please contact us at Editor@LighthouseDigest.com or write to Lighthouse Digest, P.O. Box 250, East Machias, ME 04630.

This story appeared in the Mar/Apr 2022 edition of Lighthouse Digest Magazine. The print edition contains more stories than our internet edition, and each story generally contains more photographs - often many more - in the print edition. For subscription information about the print edition, click here.

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