Old Mill Falls, Platte Clove

June 26, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
Old Mill Falls is a charming 15-foot waterfall located on the Plattekill Creek just upstream from the top of Plattekill Falls. The stone wall remnants of an old mill, thus the name of the falls, are located on both sides of the creek just below the falls. The Long Path crosses the Plattekill Creek just upstream from Old Mill Falls as the 358-mil...
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Otto Hillig – New Photographs

June 19, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
Otto Hillig can be considered one of the great photographers in Catskills history. Arriving from Germany in the United States as a poor teenage immigrant he took on a series of odd jobs before developing a prosperous photography business at his adopted hometown in the village of Liberty in Sullivan County, New York. He operated a well-regarded port...
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Three Rare Stereoviews from the E. & H. T. Anthony Company

June 12, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
The E. & H. T. Anthony company was the largest 19th-century manufacturer and distributor of cameras and photographic supplies in the United States. The company was founded by Edward Anthony (1818-1888) and his brother Henry T. Anthony (1814-1884). Regionally, the company produced many of the greatest Catskills views of the 19th century. The Catskil...
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Burton Hine – Civil War Veteran and Photographer

June 05, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
Burton Hine (1842-1905) was a popular photographer during the late 1860s and 1870s in Delaware County, New York. He served honorably during the Civil War with the 89 th Regiment of the New York Volunteer Infantry. After leaving the photography business Burton became a sheriff and farmer. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++...
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On the Road Again: Ultimate Road Trip # 9

May 29, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
The latest iteration of the Ultimate Road Trip music mix series was made live in the fall of 2020. In October of that year, I took a fantastic 4-day weekend to the Catskills, lodging in the Tannersville area. The autumn colors that season were the best that they had been in many years. Coupled with near perfect weather, I had an extremely productiv...
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Pratt Rock: A Study

May 22, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
The 20-acre Pratt Rock Park is located just south of the village of Prattsville in Greene County, New York. The park is perhaps best known for the stone carvings depicting the life of Zadock Pratt, a local 19th century tannery owner and founder of Prattsville. Carvings include a bust of Zadock Pratt, a bust of George Pratt (Zadock’s son), a horse,...
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Mountain Echoes Through the Catskills

May 15, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
Mountain Echoes Through the Catskills is a beautiful pictorial depiction of the Catskills region. It contains 12 different color illustrations from throughout the northern Catskills in and around the former Catskill Mountain House. Illustrations included within Mountain Echoes Through the Catskills show locations such as Leeds Bridge, Sleepy...
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Lorenzo Short – Rondout’s “Boss” Photographer (Part 2)

May 08, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
Introduction Lorenzo Short operated one of the longest running photographic studios in the history of Kingston, New York. Short began his career as a farmer, but upon switching careers around 1873, he opened his studio in the Rondout section of the Kingston. He operated the studio until his passing in 1928, and it was afterwards managed by his d...
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Lorenzo Short – Rondout’s “Boss” Photographer (Part 1)

May 01, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
Introduction Lorenzo Short operated one of the longest running photographic studios in the history of Kingston, New York. Short began his career as a farmer, but upon switching careers around 1873, he opened his studio in the Rondout section of the Kingston. He operated the studio until his passing in 1928, and it was afterwards managed by his d...
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Stamford Stereoviews by William F. Spencer

April 24, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
W. F. Spencer was a popular photographer in Delaware County, New York from circa 1859 to 1886. He operated at several locations in the area including Stamford, Gilboa and Prattsville. Despite his photographic success he was perhaps more popularly known locally as a jeweler and watchmaker. I have recently acquired four rare stereoviews that were...
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Catskills, Then and Now: Devil’s Tombstone

April 17, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
The Devil’s Tombstone in the town of Hunter, Greene County is an extremely large sandstone boulder that legend states is the burial site of the Devil. The boulder is located in the heart of Stony Clove at the popular Devil’s Tombstone Campground, one of the oldest campgrounds in the Catskills and New York State. The enormous boulder has also histor...
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Murals of Kingston, New York: Midtown

April 10, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
The O+ festival in Kingston is a 3-day event where artists and musicians exchange their participation for basic health care, dental and wellness services. Billed as “The Art of Medicine for the Medicine of Art”, the growing Kingston event features many forms of art media including paint, sculpture, dance, performance art and music. The first Kingst...
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Maurice Farrington – Delhi Photographer

April 03, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
Maurice Farrington was a skilled photographer who operated a prestigious gallery in the village of Delhi in Delaware County, New York for nearly 50 years. He was a veteran of the Civil War and later owned and operated Farrington’s Drug Store at Delhi. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++...
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Murals of Kingston, New York: Stockade District

March 27, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
The O+ festival in Kingston is a 3-day event where artists and musicians exchange their participation for basic health care, dental and wellness services. Billed as “The Art of Medicine for the Medicine of Art”, the growing Kingston event features many forms of art media including paint, sculpture, dance, performance art and music. The first Kingst...
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Photographing Upon Mount Washington

March 20, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
Clough and Kimball was a brief, but productive, photographic partnership between Amos Franklin Clough (1833-1872) and Howard Algernon Kimball (1845-1929). The business, located at Concord, New Hampshire, published hundreds of stereoviews, but was perhaps most noted for their series titled “Views taken on the Summit of Mt. Washington during the wint...
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