On a postcard sent from Silver Bay in June of 1917, Doris writes, “I am here with the Mount Holyoke delegates having a grand time. Many thrills. I’ll tell you all about it when I see you in Springfield. I’ll see you there soon. Bring Stanley.” Photo by Jesse Sumner Wooley.
Three postcards by Jesse Sumner Wooley; on the far right above, you can see the roof running the length of the steamboat pier.
YWCA members on the porch of Overlook, with banners for the Boston YWCA and what may be Rochester.
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.
I love it that all the departing delegates are wearing a hat for the journey.
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
“Beautiful to look upon but forbidden ground to us. Meetings, rides & tramps [hikes] take all our time. Have not seen Rochester as yet. Silver Bay is all right only there is too much going on at the same time.”