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Bonnie Glickman <[log in to unmask]>
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A LISTSERV list for discussions pertaining to New York State history." <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 17 Apr 2000 01:21:43 -0700
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Hi Phil-

Sorry I'm just answering this, but I've been out of town & just got back...

There are photos that fit your criteria in the NY State Education Dept.
Visual Studies Lantern Slide Collection in the Archives in Albany.  They
have the slides and, I believe the original negatives.  Many date from
the '30's.  I gave a presentation on the collection in October '98 at
the Natural History Conference and can probably find a copy of my abstract
if you don't have the program any more.  (You gave a talk on your canal
research.)  The collection is a major rearch project of mine and I will
be in Albany periodically, working on the collection.  If you (or anyone
else out there) want to discuss the collection, contact me via email.

Look for slides (not negatives) where the number in the upper left corner
starts with "Dn" (for Geography of NYS); subdivison within those sldes is
alphabetical by town so, for instance, I know there's a great photo of
a big group of people at the Canoga Spring and there are several cars up
on the road, so the slide ID # is probably Dn C.  That would be a good
one to check out, since there is a NYS historical marker on the road (Yellow
Tavern?) where the photo was taken!!!  There are other photos with cars,
including one taken on (I think) the Sawmill Parkway. I have copies of
some of the slides on 2x2 Kodachromes but they're not handy to the
computer right now. Let me know if you want me to check them out.

There are four other possibilities: 1) I have seen lantern slides of people
camping and climbing mountains in the Adirondaks and was told that they
were in the "DEC's collection".  I have no information on them at all,
but maybe the DEC could help.  2) Buffalo's Board of Education  had
a lantern slide collection, and they or the Bufflao Museum may have info.
I also think the Rochester Museum & Science Center's library has some of
their collection. 3) The Keystone-Mast Collection which is now housed at
the California Museum of Photography in Riverside CA.  The curator of
that collection recently wrote me that it should be available on line now
or soon. Their web site is http://www.cmp.ucr.edu.  And 4) is the George Eastman
House/International Museum of Photography here in Rochester at http://geh.org.
I am pretty sure that the latter two already have some of their stereo photos
online, ergo digital, but I don't know the copyright status.

Well, hope that helps!

Bonnie Glickman, Rochester NY
Philip Lord Jr wrote:
> I am trying to find an old photo that evokes early tourism in rural New York
> State, at the time when the State Historic Markers were first being put up.
> We have all seen those old shots of Model T Fords (maybe it was
> Model A) struggling through some rutted dirt road, with people hanging out
> the windows (did they have windows?). Too bad when you want to find one, you
> can't seem to come up with it. It does not have to be a NY image, but it
> would be great if it was digital and free of copyright.
> Any ideas?
> Philip Lord,Jr.
> NYS Museum