Coykendall Lodge at Alder Lake

December 16, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
The remains of the former Coykendall Lodge are located on the shores of Alder Lake in the upper Beaverkill Valley in the town of Hardenbergh in Ulster County, New York. The lodge sits within the Balsam Lake Mountain Wild Forest and overlooks Alder Lake, with Mill Brook Ridge to the east, Cradle Rock Ridge to the south and several unnamed hills to t...
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Skene Memorial Library, Fleischmanns, New York

December 09, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
The historic Skene Memorial Library is located in the village of Fleischmanns in Delaware County, New York. The Skene Memorial Library was constructed in 1901 in honor of Dr. Alexander Johnston Chalmers Skene (1838-1900), a noted physician and medical researcher, and one of the most prominent summer residents in the village of Fleischmanns. Dr....
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Church of St. John the Evangelist at Tannersville, New York

December 02, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
The historic Church of St. John the Evangelist is located in the village of Tannersville in Greene County, New York. It is bounded by Philadelphia Hill Road to the west, and by woodlands and scattered cottages to the north, south and east. The church, constructed in 1885, long served the residential enclave known as Philadelphia Hill...
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Callicoon Theater

November 25, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
The art-deco styled Callicoon Theater is the oldest continually operating movie theater in Sullivan County, New York. Opening night took place on July 8, 1948 with a showing of the American western film titled Green Grass of Wyoming starring Charles Coburn and Peggy Cummins. Marilyn Monroe appeared in the film as an uncredited extra....
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Rock Valley School in Hancock, New York

November 18, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
“We were young together And never can forget The school house at Rock Valley In school days where we met.” – Hancock Herald. February 14, 1957. The Rock Valley School, also known as Hancock School District No. 22, is located in an area known as the Upper Basket in the small hamlet of Rock Valley in the town of Hancock, Delaware County. T...
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Rip Van Winkle: Piedmont Series

November 11, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
Circa 1910 The American Tobacco Company, owners of the Piedmont brand of cigarettes, issued a series of 10 full-color cards depicting various scenes from the Rip Van Winkle tale. The rare cards each measure 5 inches by 8 inches. For each card, the “chapter” number can be seen in the lower left corner, while in the upper left-hand corner is an image...
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Rip Van Winkle, by Arthur Rackham

November 04, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
“I think Rip [is] one of the most remarkable of created characters. Created as the sheerest piece of pleasant moralizing, acknowledging, even, that it was cribbed from old-world sources, here is Rip as firmly fixed in the hearts of all good Americans as any genuine myth. I can think of hardly another modern instance.” – Arthur Rackham. “There ha...
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Rip Van Winkle, by George P. Webster

October 28, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving was published to international acclaim in 1819. Set in the Catskills, an amiable Rip wanders off in the woods with his dog Wolf to escape his wife’s nagging and to avert “all kinds of profitable labor” only to encounter a silent group of short, bearded men playing nine-pins. After drinking some of their liquor he...
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Rip Van Winkle: A Tale of the Hudson, Illustrated by Frances Brundage

October 21, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
Frances Lockwood Brundage (1854-1937) was a noted illustrator of children’s books. She illustrated over 200 books during her career, in addition to her work on postcards, valentines, prints, trade cards and calendars. Her works were published by several companies including Raphael Tuck & Sons, Samuel Gabriel Company and Saalfield Publishing, among...
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The Child’s Rip Van Winkle, Illustrated by Maria Louise Kirk

October 14, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
Maria Louise Kirk (1860-1938) was a popular American painter and illustrator. She was born in Philadelphia, the daughter of George H. Kirk and Harriet A. (Craig) Kirk. She studied art in Philadelphia at the School of Design for Women and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and later at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1894 Kirk won the Mar...
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Rip Van Winkle, Illustrated by Eric Pape

October 07, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, as illustrated by Eric Pape, was published in 1925 by The Macmillan Company of New York. The book contains 46 illustrations for the Rip Van Winkle story, and another 37 illustrations for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow story. The book originally sold for $1.75. He Taught Them to Fly Kites. A lon...
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Rip Van Winkle's Dream

September 30, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
Rip Van Winkle’s Dream was published in 1883 in dedication to the Michigan Central Railroad – The Niagara Falls Route. The book contains over 30 beautiful, full-page illustrations, many of them featuring the beloved Rip Van Winkle. Wemple & Co., of New York, worked on the book as lithographers. The first seven pages of the book, unrelated...
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Rip Van Winkle, with Illustrations by Rhoda Campbell Chase

September 23, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving was published to international acclaim in 1819. Set in the Catskills, an amiable Rip wanders off in the woods with his dog Wolf to escape his wife’s nagging and to avert “all kinds of profitable labor” only to encounter a silent group of short, bearded men playing nine-pins. After drinking some of their liquor he...
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David J. Auchmoody – Kingston, New York Photographer (Part 2)

September 16, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
David J. Auchmoody was a much-respected photographer located at the city of Kingston in Ulster County, New York from 1868 to circa 1893. He photographed thousands of Kingston’s citizens over the course of his 25 years in business. Auchmoody also published a popular series of stereoviews that included scenes of Kingston, Rondout, Rosendale, Rifton,...
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David J. Auchmoody – Kingston, New York Photographer (Part 1)

September 09, 2023  •  Leave a Comment
Introduction David J. Auchmoody was a much-respected photographer located at the city of Kingston in Ulster County, New York from 1868 to circa 1893. He photographed thousands of Kingston’s citizens over the course of his 25 years in business. Auchmoody also published a popular series of stereoviews that included scenes of Kingston, Rondout, Ros...
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