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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • STOCKHOLM TRAVEL, 1936

A Stop at Ellenville

A Stop at Ellenville

Ellenville, New York. From a batch of negatives I bought recently. From what I can tell there is no rail service in the town anymore. View full size.

The Tall Tower

The Tall Tower

From the collection of negatives I recently purchased, the upstate New York woman again, this time with a companion and a tower; I hope some Shorpyite can identify it. It's brick, and obviously made as an observation tower, but where? As far as we know nothing like this existed at Trenton Falls, but we know she'd visited Niagara Falls and cruised the Hudson River on the 400 ft. Hendryck Hudson, but we haven't found this curious tower anywhere. View full size.

Laughing Over the Fence

Laughing Over the Fence

My grandmother Elizabeth Fitzpatrick (left) laughing over the town commons fence with her mother-in-law, Great Grandma Margaret Fitzpatrick in St. Vincent, Minnesota. Town school in the background. Circa 1925. View full size.

If I Wore a Bell: 1912

If I Wore a Bell: 1912

Our lovely lady from upstate New York once again, here wearing the most incredible hat. Another photo from the collection of circa 1912 negatives I recently purchased. View full size.

Fashionista: 1912

Fashionista: 1912

From the collection of film and 4x5 glass negatives I recently purchased that seem to have been taken in upstate New York about 1912. This is from a film negative that has been bent, hence the flare on the right side. The lady's dress is spectacular, and she is coordinated with gloves and white shoes. I don't think this was an inexpensive outfit. View full size.

Out in Right Field: 1912

Out in Right Field: 1912

From the collection of film and 4x5 glass negatives I recently purchased; they seem to be circa 1912, taken in upstate New York. This is one of my favorites. The love and pride are evident. It occurred to me, looking at this, was that this child is a contemporary of my father, who was born in 1908 and died three months after his 91st birthday in 2000, and I wondered about his life in that context. It would be nice to have answers. View full size.

Slippery Slope: 1912

Slippery Slope: 1912

From the collection of film and 4x5 glass negatives I recently purchased. We believe that this is the photographer, as well as the boy's father. We are not sure where these photos were taken, but a number of them can be identified as Trenton Falls, although by then the park was in private hands. A dam had been built, choking off the flow to the ravine and eliminating the series of waterfalls that made it an international attraction. The water was diverted through a pipe to a turbine a mile or so below to generate electricity, and it remains in operation. The hotel and all the other amenities were removed, and the area was closed to the public. View full size.

 
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