Postcards of Fort Ticonderoga with a Silver Bay postmark are common. This one, printed in Germany for H.R. Hulett in Ticonderoga, was posted in July of 1908 and mailed to Michigan with this message:
“Mr. Farr and I are here at Silver Bay on Lake George enjoying the pleasant company of his brothers and the beautiful scenery. This picture is one of the historic points near here that we shall see next week. Hope you are both well. Sincerely, Jessie and Farr”
Jesse Sumner Wooley really outdid himself with this one.
Faintly, in the lower left-hand corner, “A BEAUTY SPOT ON LAKE GEORGE.” I never tire of postcards of Silas Paine’s stone tower, this one published for the Silver Bay Association by C.W. Hughes & Co. in Mechanicville, N.Y.
“We tramped over the grounds back three miles to Jabes Pond and, in the late afternoon, had a corn roast and a big bonfire down below the Payne house… while the colored help, who lived in a long row of cabins called Overlook, sang Negro spirituals.”
— Circa 1901, from the memoirs of Thornton Bancroft Penfield
Those interested in Silver Bay history are familiar with the name and work of Jesse Sumner Wooley, and the publication of J.S. Wooley: Adirondack Photographer, edited by Richard Timberlake and Philip Terrie, is in every way a cause for celebration. The book includes a generous chapter on Silver Bay, as well as many, many more beautiful photographs of Lake George. Below, just a sample:
Middlebury vs. West Point, 1920
Launch trip, 1910
A 1910 pageant; perhaps those tablets bear the Ten Commandments.
Slivers, the Famous Clown, 1908
A Silver Bay wedding