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Welcome Back to the Catskills

Israelowitz, Oscar

Published by Israelowitz Publishing, Brooklyn, NY, 2002
Condition: vg Hardcover

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Oblong quarto. 217, [1]pp. Original photographic paper covered boards. A beautiful collection of over 250 illustrations, photographs and vintage postcards of the old Catskills. There are images of the old Delaware & Hudson (D & H) Canal, the Ontario & Western (O & W) Railroad, the nostalgic villages such as Ellenville, Hurleyville, Liberty, Ferndale, Monticello, Mountaindale, etc. There are wonderful views of the grand hotels in the "Borscht Belt" such as Grossingers, the Concord, Pineview, Stevensville and some of the great stars who performed in them such as Bob Hope, Eddie Fischer, Neil Sedaka, Mal Z. Lawrence, Sid Caesar, and Jerry Lewis. There is a section in the book devoted to the Jewish farmers who moved to the Catskills around the turn of the 20th century from New York City. Their farmhouses were turned into boarding houses during the summers. Some of these boarding houses eventually evolved into grand hotels. The farmers and merchants from nearby towns built country synagogues. Many of these wood-frame 90-year-old structures are still standing. In recent years, some have been restored and have been listed on the New York State and National Lists of Historic Places. There are photos of daily life in the small towns and villages which serviced the many grand hotels. One of the most interesting aspects of the book are the local advertisements from the 1890s through the 1950s. This book illustrates one of the most famous resort communities in the country and provides a glimpse of a lost innocence of Americana. There are photos of proud Americans parading in their "Sunday best" with the horse-drawn coaches down Main Streets, firefighters riding in their firetrucks in the 1910s decorated with American flags and just plain folks enjoying their summer vacations. Binding and interior in fine condition. Bookseller Inventory # 33556

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Title: Welcome Back to the Catskills

Publisher: Israelowitz Publishing, Brooklyn, NY

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:vg

Edition: First edition.

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