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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Ice Castle: 1909

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Ice Castle: 1909

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

 

Where Uncle Al stayed

Truth, truth. I was up there in early September one year and almost froze. I'm told they still have good midwinter parties up there. In the 1900s there were a lot of TB sanatoriums in the area; the cold clean air was good for the lungs. Al Capone used to visit his tubercular brother at Saranac Lake.

Saranac

If ever a place needed a mid-winter festival it's Saranac! The Icehole of the Northeast.

 
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