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Jamaica Pond used to have a few more swans than it does today

Swans at Jamaica Pond

The Emerald Necklace Conservancy shows us a typical Jamaica Pond scene in 1910.

As Ben Evans notes:

Feeding small children to swans was outlawed in 1923.

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As an original post card, when the pond attracted lots of people during the summer.

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everything's gone to hell since 1923. Zeus (who still has a soft spot for Leda, and thus identifies strongly with swans) does not like being denied his tribute.

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But feeding swans to small children continued at the nearby "Mrs. Hannigan's Home for Unfortunate Children" until the mid '70s.

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Or maybe the swans turned black, now identify as geese and moved closer to the fens to be closer to the Red Sox!

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Try Farm Pond in Framingham north of the train station. I counted 50 one day last year. About 25 three weeks ago.

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... when swans were well fed and children were more respectful.

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...maybe caused by Roslindale thugs heading over to the Pond?

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Stopped by a wall just trying to find a place to lay some eggs.
Bummer.

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Feeding small children to swans was outlawed in 1923

Well, that's Grimm.

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Where are all the turkeys?

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