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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John Jacob Loeffler – Scenery of Lake Mohonk and Vicinity

March 13, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
John Jacob Loeffler is one of the great Catskills photographers of all time. He made hundreds of stereoviews of the Catskills throughout the 1870s and 1880s. The photographs, part of the series titled Catskill Mountain Scenery, demonstrate his skill and vision as well as the timeless beauty of the Catskills, being equally compelling today at they w...
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Henry B. Aldrich – Village of Catskill, New York Photographer

March 06, 2021  •  1 Comment
Henry B. Aldrich was a popular photographer in the village of Catskill in Greene County, New York in the mid-1860s through the summer of 1871. Aldrich would then partner with Edward Cargill in the livery trade at Catskill until his passing in 1890. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Henry B. Aldrich was...
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Paul Jones of Overlook Mountain. (A True Story.)

February 27, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
In researching details about the history of Plattekill Clove in the northern Catskills I came across an amazing short story, one of adventure, regret and friendship. I will not share any details here, so as to not give anything away, but needless to say I was captivated. It was written by popular author Laura Winthrop Johnson (1825-1889) and was fi...
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MacHenry Mill, Perseverance and Spirit

February 20, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
The seemingly historic MacHenry Mill building is located along a back-country road in the northern Catskills. In talking to the owner one time while photographing the mill, it seems the building isn’t quite as historic as it may first appear. She confirmed that there was once a mill on the site. However, the owner, who appeared to be in her late 20...
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John Jacob Loeffler – New Catskills Photographs

February 13, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
John Jacob Loeffler is one of the great Catskills photographers of all time. He made hundreds of stereoviews of the Catskills throughout the 1870s and 1880s. The photographs, part of the series titled Catskill Mountain Scenery, demonstrate his skill and vision as well as the timeless beauty of the Catskills, being equally compelling today at they w...
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Merrill & Humphries – Delhi, New York Photography Partnership

February 06, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
The partnership of Merrill and Humphries operated a drug store located at the village of Delhi in Delaware County, New York while also publishing scenic postcards of the western Catskills region from 1911 to 1928. After the partnership dissolved in 1928, Pierre B. Merrill continued to publish postcards under his own name. Fitch's Bridge and De...
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Gloria Dei at Palenville: A Study

January 30, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
The historic Gloria Dei church at the hamlet of Palenville sits “nestled in a grove of odorous pines in the purple shadows of the beautiful Catskills.” In my estimation Gloria Dei can certainly be considered one of the most beautiful churches in the Catskills. Architect and Catskill resident William H. Day, “one of the most earnest and valua...
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Catskills, Then and Now: Plattekill Falls

January 23, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
The stunningly beautiful Plattekill Falls are located in the northern Catskills of Greene County, New York. The falls are located along the Plattekill Creek within the Platte Clove Preserve, which is owned by the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development (CCCD), a regional conservation and advocacy group founded in 1969. The 280-acre area wa...
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New Stereoviews from the E. & H. T. Anthony Company

January 16, 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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The “Cats” in Cats-kills

January 09, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
Given the Cats-kills name it is not surprising that there is a wide array of historical “cat” related postcards and marketing materials for the region. The anthropomorphic cats often depicted tourists as they partook in various vacation activities or were dressed to the nines in high fashion. The cats could be found driving cars, flying planes, goi...
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Conrad Otto Bickelmann – Photography from Brooklyn to Tannersville

January 02, 2021  •  1 Comment
Conrad Otto Bickelmann was born in July 1855 at Bickeburg, Prussia in what is today’s Germany. He was the son of Otto C. and Friederike (Kramer) Bickelmann. He immigrated to the United States in 1872 at the age of 17 and settled at Brooklyn, New York. Although I cannot be certain that it is the same person, there is a record of an Otto Bicke...
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M. H. Bullard – Daguerrean Artist

December 19, 2020  •  Leave a Comment
M. H. Bullard was a traveling Daguerrean Artist from Massachusetts who visited the village of Delhi in the years 1850 and 1851. His first visit appears to have been in January through February in 1850. During this stay he operated his gallery over the store of James Elwood. Bullard placed the following advertisements in the Delaware Gazette, the lo...
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