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Hathorn Spring: 1895

Hathorn Spring: 1895

Saratoga, New York, circa 1895: "Hathorn Spring." BlackBerrys off, please. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Hmmm, nice plant.

Good detail

I can discern the evacuation tip on the nearest lightbulb.

Newly Electrified

Notice the open-circuit glass knob-and-tube wiring running along the roof trusses.

Interesting store regulator clock

Mounted that high, it would require a ladder to wind it at least once every eight days. Could that object just above be a pulley that allowed the clock to be raised and lowered when necessary?

44-star flag

In use from 1891 to 1896.

Rare Pattern

A 43 star flag (1890-91) is in view. There were 43 States in the Union for only one week, July 3-10, 1890.

[You're off by one star. Eights stars each in the top and bottom rows. - Dave]

Something in the water

Looks as though the Healing Vapors have worked some magic on the ceiling.


The springs seem to be haunted by a ghostly wastebasket.

1904 marketing at its finest

Serve yourself from the spigots at the back using the glasses to the left. Then enjoy your drink while watching the healing spring water bubble in the orb and the column fountains. Spittoons discreetly placed. Take home a case on the train. Get a seat near the door, as I expect the ductwork overhead delivers healing vapors from the ***H ROOM.

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