T he landscape architect John Charles Olmsted made his first visit to the future site of Anderson Park on Aug. 13, 1902. He had been asked to assess the property’s suitability as an Essex County park. “I have brought my big Kodak with me to snap on the proposed park if I go there and if it seems worthwhile,” he wrote to his wife. During another visit by Olmsted on Sept. 27, 1904, he documented the park under construction. Here are selected images from those two visits that are now in the collection of the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline, Mass.

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