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Water Boys: 1906

Water Boys: 1906

Circa 1906. "High Rock Spring, Saratoga, N.Y." Yesterday's water boy makes a reappearance at the hydration gazebo, along with three coworkers and a vaguely familiar gent with a bicycle. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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The bottle on the eagle

Looks more like a beer bottle than a whiskey bottle. It looks like a hard climb for some one who has drunk enough of them to do the deed.

It has a round label with what looks like a big H on it but I can't swear to it. At also has a neck band.

[Could it be a bottle of this resort's claim to fame? High Rock Spring mineral water? As seen in the previous post? - Dave]

Gazebo topper

Does the eagle have a wine bottle by its wing?

Added fizz

Judging by the big CO2 tanks leaning against the building, I suppose it's safe to assume that Saratoga Springs water was not naturally carbonated.

Don't take the bait!

I'm certain nothing is only vaguely familiar to Dave. He provided a link to the water boy. He knows where that gent (if it's a gent at all … bearded lady?) has shown up before. Is the clue the bicycle? Dave knows. Is that a famous person we should all recognize? Dave knows. There's probably a new feature on Shorpy that, when you guess wrong you get a buzzer sound followed by a wha-wha-wha that everyone else also hears when they click on your guess. I ain't falling for it.

Vintage Quarry

Poking around architectural salvage yards is great fun, and while I'm always excited to see beautifully milled fretwork, I'd be thrilled to find the more humble wooden crates, as well as the chunks of granite, which were probably found on site or quarried locally.


Unusually graceful ornamentation in the woodwork of this gazebo-type structure.

Vaguely familiar gent

Now I’m really curious. I think this is a Dave puzzler. The fellow with the bicycle is vaguely familiar because a) he looks like someone in particular we’ve seen before in Shorpy, b) he looks like so many other people we’ve seen before in Shorpy, or c) he’s vaguely familiar in a looks-like-Edward-VII kind of way.

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