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The Cumberland: 1906

The Cumberland: 1906

1906. "Margaret Street north from Cumberland Hotel, Plattsburgh, N.Y." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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Pull up a chair

This is one of those scenes I'd like to step into. Take a chair on the veranda and watch the trolley go by.

Where's Burghy?

I'm an alumnus of the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. I've stumbled -- er, strolled -- down Margaret Street many, many times.

And "Burghy" is the school mascot.

Uncle Pervy and his evil twin

I've been accused of believing there's a bolshevik under every bed, but honestly, to my eye that pair of dudes (who look like identical twins), from their vantage point on the Cumberland's veranda, are positively leering at Baby Jane on the sidewalk.


Here are the two sidewalk signs, de-skewed and contrast enhanced. The sign on the right is likely "Clinton County Fair". Not sure what words are above it, though.


Good old Plattsburg!

Looks so peaceful and quaint. Then I looked up a copy of the Plattsburg Republican from June of 1906 --

Another Hotel Up In Smoke

It lasted until 1978. Then it burned. As seems to happen with a lot of old hotels that Shorpy spotlights. Do we have a firebug armed with a time machine that reads this site?

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