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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • KEEP CLEAN WPA POSTER, 1939

Winter Lights: 1909

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Winter Lights: 1909

1909. "Mid-winter carnival, 'storming the fortress,' Upper Saranac Lake, New York." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Winter Festival

Notice in the background the "Ice Palace" constructed of blocks of ice harvested from the lake. The 2012 "Saranac Lake Winter Festival" will mark the 114th anniversary of this great northern New York Adirondack Town's mid-winter tradition! The Palace was originally referred to as the "Ice Tower" and evolved to the Palace name. It is constructed largely the same way today as it was 114 years ago, albeit with some improvements in saw technology! History buffs might enjoy this link: www.saranaclakewintercarnival.com/history/

Not what it seems

Somebody got a Spirograph for Christmas!

This beautiful picture

could easily have been taken in the present day!

Night of Lights

Wishing all who enter this wonderful website a Merry Christmas and a Happy, HEALTHY, New year.

Superb

Just simply a breath-taking photgraph! What more need be said! A very Merrye Christmas and a Rousing New Year to all the Shorpy Family! Thank you, Dave! You've made 2011 a treat, I wonder what new adventures await?

 
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