Suburban Parks – Item 4 of 4

Charles H. Woodbury, Boston Park Guide, 1896. Courtesy Print Department.

By 1896 the public park system in Boston was well established, and the Emerald Necklace was complete.  That year the Metropolitan Park Commission published an illustrated guide documenting the park system of greater Boston.  This poster created by local artist Charles Woodbury served as an advertisement for the Boston Park Guide.  Woodbury, an MIT educated artist, advocated the importance of commercial posters as serious works of art and executed this colorful print as a testament to that belief.  A fashionable woman and child stroll leisurely through the park in this simple, yet effective advertisement.