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Sad Cafe: 1908

Sad Cafe: 1908

Lake George, New York, circa 1908. "The cafe, Fort William Henry Hotel." Welcome to the Purgatory Room, with cocktails and dancing nightly in the Limbo Lounge. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

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If a little boy walked in

... why do I get the feeling he would begin chanting "Redrum, redrum!"

Cue the Addams Family theme

It's a round of musical chairs for Lurch's relatives!

Lake George's answer to the Hotel California

It had me a little spooked -- and inspired.

Look at the floor!

You can see the floorboard spacing under the carpet. Im noticing lots of carpet wear, or maybe its just the light.

I'd love to live in a house with steam heat again. Radiators make little noises while they operate.

Agree, it's creepy, though, at the time, it was probably a different looking place in a normal pair of eyes.

Fire destroyed this place in 1909

Wonder which of these guys started it?

Lookin' for a good time?

Then don't come here! I've been to more upbeat funerals than this. Perhaps they all hate their jobs or the management is too rigidly stuffy. C'mon Henry, let the good times roll! Don't you hate to eat with a lump in your throat?

Creepier than King

Stephen didn't have anything on this, with the shadow images, and the second man from the left with four legs and half a head!

Largely unsettling

Your description is apt. This photo is super creepy in full size.

The Shining

Ready for your closeup, Mr. Nicholson.

An uncomfortable moment

The cardinal rule of Fort William Henry Hotel Cafe waiters appears to be "When waiting for customers, waiters must stare intently into space."

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