Silas Paine’s museum on the left, the post office through the trees to the right; I love this one.

Malcolm Graeme Duncan

Silver Bay Map Hi Res

I’ve long wondered about the artist who created this map, but only recently discovered that he wasn’t an artist, but rather an Emp and an architect. Malcolm Graeme Duncan (1907-1994) studied painting and drawing at the Yale School of Fine Arts from 1924 to 1929. He then worked as a draftsman for a New York architect by day and attended NYU’s architecture school at night, until returning to Yale to earn his BFA in Architecture, graduating in 1935.


At Silver Bay, his artwork appears in August of 1927, on a program cover for that summer’s historical pageant. In August of 1929, the Emps presented two one-act plays; a quartet sang during intermission; Duncan was the tenor. In 1935, he had a leading role in the operetta H.M.S. Pinefore, given in front of a yacht in Lake George Village, with the musical director from Silver Bay guiding the 45 actors and members of the chorus.

The date on the map is a tad unclear, but I’m guessing it’s 1935. Duncan’s relationship with Silver Bay continued. As an architect, he designed Parlin Memorial Dorm, completed in 1952.

I’ve tried to keep the map large enough to read; double-click on the image to see the high-res file, complete with an appearance by the Lake George Monster, which tells us something about Duncan’s sense of humor.

Back at Silver Bay, 1941

SB Last Felicia

This is the last of the Terzian cards I found that were sent to Felicia Gressitt; it is now August of 1941, and she has returned from Japan, perhaps at the urging of her father who remained in Yokohama throughout the war. (He survived the Tokyo and Yokohama bombings that took tens of thousands of lives, but died in November of 1945 “from unfortunate conditions connected with his residence in Japan during the war, followed by an attack of pneumonia from which he was not strong enough to recover.”) But back to Felicia: By 1941 she had married Kurt Karl Bock (who went by Charles K. Bock once the war started), and this postcard reached her in New York City:

“Dear Felicia, Rumor has it that you two have been around these parts recently! Mother did so enjoy that nice visit with you. I have a letter from months ago from you which which I’ve had with me all summer. I’d answer, but perhaps I can do it in person. I’ll be going thru N.Y.C. in a couple of weeks and we must get together. I do want to meet Kurt. Love, Teddy”

Felicia Gressitt Bock is remembered today by a Chair in Asian Studies at Mount Holyoke.

A Card for Felicia, 6

SB Felicia Card 6

“Dear Felicia, Because you can not always look at the larger picture I am sending you this smaller one. It is as beautiful, tho smaller. Your leave taking on Sunday was so hurried. Perhaps it was easier that way, but I scarcely had time to say anything to you. I wish for you all lovely things — your trip across the continent and your visit in California, your voyage across the Pacific, and your new work in Japan. I hope you will enjoy it all and that you may be extremely successful. I should love to hear from you, but I know you have many letters to write to others also, and thus I can only hope that you will write. I shall always think of you when I handle the lovely kimono, which you gave me. It was so sweet of you. How can I thank you? Bon Voyage. Cordially and affectionately, your friend, Mary E. Reed”