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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BUY WAR SAVINGS STAMPS, c. 1918

Mountain View: 1957

Mountain View: 1957

Circa 1957 somewhere in Pennsylvania, another selection from the Kodachrome slides I found on eBay last summer. Who can identify this cozy, colorful, vaguely Alpine tourist attraction? "Wayside Shrine" to the right. View full size.

 

Dirty skirt

Looks like the woman with the dark blue skirt either fell down or sat on the ground and forgot to dust off the debris.

The Big Reveal

This is the Swiss Chalet Gift Shop in Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania. Whether a standalone enterprise or part of some larger resort or attraction, I do not know.

Details

I noted the length of the gutter on the upper roof, it carries water well past the end of the building and lets it fall past the drop on the left. Wonder if this was an old stagecoach stop, that might explain the weathervane design to acknowledge a past history. Some of the decorations seem Pennsylvania Dutch in origin, might that help clue into the location.

Silent sentinels

Also check out the, uh, politically incorrect guards at the front door.

Toads and reptiles

Check out the toads and reptiles on the roof.

 
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