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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Red, White and Aqua: 1895

Red, White and Aqua: 1895

Saratoga Springs, New York, circa 1895. "Hathorn Spring." Our second visit to the flag-bedecked facilities at this bottler of mineral water. View full size.

 

Help yourself

Seems people are helping themselves to a lovely drink of mineral water at the central fountain. Do you suppose the carried their own cup for the duration of the visit? Ceiling is looking a little tired. Getting near the end of the spa's popularity?

44 stars!

In use from 1891 to 1896.

 
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