Categories: Crime and Punishment, Emergence of Modern America, Everyday Life, Popular Culture, West Hartford

Sunday Funday? We Think Not – Who Knew?

…that amusements and morals don’t mix.

 At the start of the 20th century, authorities banned Luna Park in West Hartford from operating on Sundays, as it defied long-standing puritan laws. If the park’s owners opened on Sunday, they were strapped with fines.

To learn more, read Luna Park: A 20th-century Story of Amusement and Morality


Horses crossing the finish line at Charter Oak Park

Horses crossing the finish line at Charter Oak Park, 1889. Photography was first used to record the finish of a race in 1881, but the practice did not become common until the 1930s – Connecticut Historical Society and Connecticut History Illustrated


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