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Rail Hazard: 1900

Rail Hazard: 1900

September 1, 1900. "Taylor about to drive from 1st tee across the Ammonoosuc River, first round. Mount Pleasant House, White Mountains." British golfer J.H. Taylor at the famed New Hampshire resort. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

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Course Rule

And if your drive strikes a passing train, what to do, what to do. Wonder if the train would pause so that the golfers could play through? I can see a possible Buster Keaton short here.

Where are all the Hats?

Seems like many more men and women are bare headed than in most photos from this era!


I don't see the ball. Did he hit it on the backstroke?

[It's on the ground. - Dave]

Winning shot

When this photo was taken John Henry Taylor (1871-1963) was the current (British) Open champion winning by 8 strokes over Harry Vardon. A month later he was the runner up to Vardon in the US Open, after his playing career he became a course designer and was instrumental in forming the PGA of Britain.

According to the Hurd Atlas

The Lodge at Bretton Woods occupies that space now, in Coos county, and I have to say the building there is far less grand.

A little history of Mount Pleasant House.

Love the figures in the windows

One of them looks like Elvis!


More than one scary story could be written about this guy. I'm sure that's not actually a noose next to him in the window, but still.

The original tee box

Today the tee box is the area from which one tees off. Earlier on golfers used a mound of wet sand instead of a wooden tee. And that sand was kept in the tee box, seen here.

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