Oh yes, the advertisement for the camera that could, and would, be owned by everybody. Thank God for the camera. If it was not for this invention – – – all we would have for the Adirondacks would be those lovely sketches and engravings. Good thing the camera came along to save us from those things.
And so inexpensive. Only six dollars!
And look what they say;
“By the aid of the “Kodak” a complete illustrated record of every day incidents, a picturesque diary of every trip, beautiful bits of landscape, and hundreds of interesting scenes may be readily obtained.”
So now we have captured the Adirondacks as it was meant to be.
Look, here is a picture of a lady with a parasol. And there – – – another lady with a parasol. Someplace in this stack – – – oh yes, there it is, a picture of a man in a dress shirt with a straw hat. Look at this one. Two couples playing croquette on the lawn of a lodge. I really think this next one captures the essence of the Adirondacks. Two “sports” dressed in vest and tie holding their fishing rods – – – with their guide. Finally, a panorama of the finest lodge on Raquette Lake. See right there on the front porch? All those people dressed up in their Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes sitting around and discussing the finer points of life?
How did they all get here? By train. See, look at this one. Here are several people all dressed in their finest getting off the train. See the men who were once proud hunters, trappers and fishermen? They are carrying the luggage for the fancy visitors.
And here is my favorite picture. See the man with the old beat-up hat with feathers sticking out? He is standing beside his buckboard selling moccasins out of the back. And he has Indian beads and smoked “deer” meat to sell to the men. Now if I didn’t know better I would think that he would be Johann Skaarling. Johann never spoke to the visitors for fear they would pick up on his Swedish accent. So he used “Indian” hand language. Old Johann made his fortune at the train terminals.
Ah yes, the camera. We now have a good idea of what the Adirondacks really looked like.
Yep, now we know what the Adirondacks is all about.