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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Regatta Day: 1908

Regatta Day: 1908

Lake George, New York, circa 1908. "Regatta Day at Fort William Henry Hotel." Some fried chicken and lemonade would hit the spot right about now. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Clever

I like the one fellow that was smart enough to bring his own chair. Foresight and Planning ahead.

Great location

Beautiful hotel and I bet this lake has some deep places because of the surrounding hills and mountains. I could see "The Shining" being filmed here. Jack Nicholson chases his son out on the frozen lake and the little kid leads him on to the thinner ice area. Jack drowns and they find him later face up under the ice.

Twins

I see the Coors Light Twins made it out to the event, though dressed a little more conservatively than these days.

Sunday in the Park with George

Lake George, that is.

Fire destroyed it the next year

according to historical info at the Fort William Henry Hotel site. The beautiful building in the background, originally built in 1855 and subsequently enlarged to accommodate over 900 guests, burned on June 24, 1909. It was replaced by a much smaller hotel that opened two years later. The second hotel was demolished about 1970, but a third one was later built on its "footprint" and opened for business in July 2004.

 
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