Victorian Saratoga Springs, New York, is shown in sixty-three full size duotone reproductions of antique stereo photographs. The collection is comb bound, so that the photographs can be placed in the wire card holder of an old stereoscope for 3d viewing, without having to remove them from the book.
Annotations and comments by the author provide the context for the scenes.
Four maps identify locations of most of the scenes which include historic hotels and buildings, parks, mineral springs, winter and summer sporting events, thoroughbred horse racing, collegiate regatta races on Saratoga Lake, and the monument to the Revolutionary War Battle of Saratoga.
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Saratoga is an intentionally picturesque place. The primary attraction to the place has never been sweeping vistas, nor towering mountains. It was the natural oddity of the mineral water springs that drew the first visitors. For the Iroquois Saraghtogha was a destination that held promise of medicine waters that would give them health, renewed life and vigor. For European settlers those same waters would provide a health spa for tourists. Those who settled here were tourism oriented from the start.
Gracious hospitality called for attractive settings and elegant accommodations. Architectural and social amenities make Saratoga the resort place that it still continues to be.
As a native son of the city, born in an apartment on the corner of Putnam and Caroline Streets in downtown Saratoga Springs, I grew up when many of the places in the stereo views of this book were still standing.
I thought that it would be appropriate to share some of the stereoscopic views that had entertained me during childhood visits to my grandmother and aunt in their apartments on Phila Street and in the Algonquin on Broadway.
To our collection, I added a few stereographs that would give a sort of visual tour of Saratoga as it was in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
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Book Description Stiles Studio, 1998. Paperback. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0966627008