Drive-In Movie Theaters….. A blast from the past !!

A vanishing item from the landscape are Drive-In Movie Theaters. In scanning items from the Barker – Henry architecture and engineering collection, I recently came across drawings for a drive-in movie theater screen. I thought I’d share these drawings. Drive-in movie theater screen. Barker Henry Collection. 59-08.     The typical outdoor screen was over…
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John Thurman Historical Society Map Collection

The Warren County Historical Society recently received a collection of 26 maps from the John Thurman Historical Society. I’d like to share a listing of the maps and provide some sample images. Due to the size of many maps it’s difficult to display them online. Some maps are in very poor condition but it is…
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Wendell Phillips (1811-1884), American Abolitionist Leader

In cataloging the Seelye-Eggleston Collection here at the Society I came across a carte-de-viste photograph of Wendell Phillips. It piqued my interest as I recognized his name as a famous American Abolitionist.     Wendell Phillips was born in Boston, Massachusetts November 29, 1811 the son of John Phillips and Sarah Walley. He was a…
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Arcady Country Club, Hague, New York

The Arcady Club was owned by Joseph Lowe of Pelham, NY.  In 2008 I had a conversation with Dr. Charles Upton Lowe, son of the owners, He informed me that the original club building was built on the shore of Lake George in the town of Hague, New York circa 1920 and burned shortly thereafter….
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Brown Swan Club – Summer Entertainment

On July 24, 2020 I published an article about the Brown Swan Club at Schroon Lake.     I recently received an email from John Iacovino of North Carolina who sent some digital photographs of an orchestra called “The Original University Syncopated Orchestra” of Boston, Massachusetts.     John’s father, Louis Iacovino was the drummer…
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Arto Monoco – Storytown – Old West Town study

Artist and theme park designer Arto Monoco was born November 15, 1913 at Elizabethtown, New York. In addition to doing a study for the train station, Arto also drew water color studies for Old West Town at Storytown USA Family Fun Park, Lake George, New York, now the Great Escape. Arto Monoco was a 1937…
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Arto Monoco – Storytown Train Station

Artist and theme park designer Arto Monoco was born November 15, 1913 at Elizabethtown, New York. He was commissioned by Charles R Wood to design a train station for Storytown USA Family Fun Park, Lake George, New York, now the Great Escape. Arto Monoco was a 1937 graduate of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY….
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Evidence of Native American presence in Warren County, N.Y.

In 2007 the Society received a donation of an archaeological survey done in the eastern part of Queensbury, New York by the Louis Berger Group, Inc. in preparation for development of an industrial site. The 2005 survey found limited evidence of Native American occupation that would warrant an extensive survey. There appeared to be some…
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Spaces of Cream

While cataloging some new items I came across the term “spaces of cream” in reference to a Superintendents Report to Patrons (dairy farmers) from the Glens Falls Creamery Company. The term “spaces of cream” piqued my interest. The 1894 Connecticut Experiment Station Report pp. 215-216, gives the following definition: Most of the cream gathered by…
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Political Tickets

During election time you often hear someone use the phrase “Who’s running on the ticket?’ Today we receive a barrage of mailings during election season. In earlier days things were much simpler. In the second half of the 19th century, candidates for the major political parties actually printed out “tickets” to hand out to voters….
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