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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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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