August is National Dog Month, so why not take your best friend out for an adventure? This unidentified dog and his human companion were in search of the finest fish Lake Flower had to offer! We don't know if they caught anything though...
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, TCR 344. Gift of Anna Ferree.]
Image of the Week: This photograph shows Trudeau Sanatorium patients Jim, Jerry, Rita, Randy, Maria, and Frances having a "picnic on one of the islands," c. 1946. Patients often explored the area, on foot, by car, and even by boat when their doctors and health allowed. This photograph was taken by patient Betty Kelly while curing in the Schiff Cottage in the late 1940s.
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[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, 2022.9.1.15.1. Gift of Betty Kelly Gaffney.]
Black flies and mosquitoes have long bugged the residents of Saranac Lake, so maybe we should take some inspiration from the past to beat them! This patient at Trudeau Sanatorium used a net over his cure chair to enjoy some relaxation on the porch of Trudeau Cottage without any pesky bug bites. Sounds good to us!
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, TCR 284. Gift of Trudeau Institute.]
Summer is here! Have you gotten out on the water yet? Why not try a little water skiing, like these folks taking part in the Lake Flower Regatta in 1930. The Saranac Lake Boys' Club, built along Pontiac Bay in 1914, is visible just behind the trees at the left-hand side of the shoreline.
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, 2022.17.8.95. Gift of the Duquette/Rice Families.]
Summer vacation is almost here; are you planning any trips? Paul Smith's Hotel was a major destination for summering in the area from 1859 to the 1930s. The hotel started as a rustic retreat for wealthy male "sports," but eventually grew to be one of the most fashionable accommodations in the Adirondacks. This photograph shows the hotel at its peak in the 1910s when it had 255 rooms, with a boathouse with quarters for sixty guides, stables, casino, bowling alley, and a wire to the New York Stock Exchange. The advent of the motor car meant that more people could make the trip up to the Adirondacks, but the hotel was also eventually served by its own private electric train from Lake Clear. Happy trails!
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, 2022.17.4.4. Gift of Suzanne Rice.]
It's National Fishing and Boating Week! Where are you getting out to paddle or cast a line? This image comes from the scrapbook of TB patient and later Saranac Lake mayor, Eddy Whitby.
[Historic Saranac Lake Collection, 2020.1.1.81. Gift of Randall Baldwin.]
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