John Jacob Loeffler – New Catskills Photographs

September 11, 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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W. F. Spencer - Jeweler, Watch Maker and Photographer

September 04, 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. Bloomville Mirror advertisement, April 29, 1862. +++...
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Bob Wyer – New Photographs

August 28, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
Bob Wyer is one of the most prolific photographers in the history of the Catskills. His photographic career included shooting just about everything, such as passport photos, chauffer licenses, hunting licenses, high school yearbooks, formal portraits, special occasions such as birthdays and weddings, young babies, local stores, hotels and businesse...
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Battle of Minisink Ford: A Photographic Study

August 21, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
The Battle of Minisink Ford took place during the American Revolution on July 22, 1779 between British Loyalists and their Native American supporters, led by Mohawk Chieftain Joseph Brant, versus approximately 120 American militiamen from New York and New Jersey, led by Colonel John Hathorn. In response to Brant’s attack two days prior at the front...
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Henry S. Fifield – The Flume Photographer (Part 2)

August 14, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
Henry S. Fifield – The Flume Photographer (Part 2) See August 7, 2021 blog entry for Part 1. Introduction Henry S. Fifield was a well-known photographer most associated with his work at The Flume in the White Mountains of New Hampshire during the 1860s and 1870s. In addition, he also photographed and published a number of quality views fro...
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Henry S. Fifield – The Flume Photographer (Part 1)

August 07, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
Henry S. Fifield – The Flume Photographer (Part 1) Introduction Henry S. Fifield was a well-known photographer most associated with his work at The Flume in the White Mountains of New Hampshire during the 1860s and 1870s. In addition, he also photographed and published a number of quality views from throughout the northern Catskills. H....
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The Legend of Add Condon: The Halcott Directory

July 31, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
Richard Lionel De Lisser is one of the greatest photographers in Catskills history. He authored two photographic surveys of the Catskills, one of Greene County and one of Ulster County. Combined they contain over 1,800 photographs, which when combined with the author’s writings, highlighted his rambles in search of the picturesque. Part travelogue,...
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Lake Minnewaska: A Study

July 24, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
The pristine, beautiful Lake Minnewaska is located high upon the Shawangunk Ridge at the Minnewaska State Park Preserve. Once known as Coxing Pond, the 36-acre lake was created during the last ice age by glacial movements that carved small basins in the bedrock. The lake is a ½ mile long and reaches depths up to 72 feet. Recreational activities abo...
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Hell Hole Falls: A Study

July 17, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
Hell Hole Falls is a scenic waterfall located within the dramatic Plattekill Clove of the northern Catskills. The falls are located on Hell Hole Creek which forms on the southeast ridge of Kaaterskill High Peak and flows into the Plattekill Creek for its run to the Hudson River. The devilishly named waterfall begins benignly enough with a series of...
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Lexington House

July 10, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
The historic Lexington House is pleasantly located on the banks of the Schoharie Creek in the small hamlet of Lexington in Greene County. The 3-story Lexington House was constructed by Jerome Campbell, a master carpenter, in 1883 and opened to the public on July 4th of that year. It had 30 rooms that accommodated 50 to 60 guests. The hotel was firs...
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George S. Young – Photographer of Platte Clove and the Devil’s Kitchen

July 03, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
George S. Young was a talented photographer and boarding house owner in the rugged Platte Clove section of the northern Catskills. He and his family operated the popular Grand Canyon House and the Devil’s Kitchen tourist attraction for many years. Indian Head from back of Grand Canyon House, Platte Clove, N.Y. Author's Collection. +++++++++++...
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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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