Monthly Archives: November 2013

Sunny Side Cabins, Utica, New York

The two week visit concludes with a restful visit in the Sunny Side Cabins of Utica, New York, some distance east of the Finger Lakes region where Watkins Glen State Park is located. These cabins are representative of the typical travelers’ lodgings of the late 1940s.

Genuine Curteich-Chicago "C.T Art-Colortone" Post Card

Genuine Curteich-Chicago “C.T Art-Colortone” Post Card

The description states:

SUNNY SIDE CABINS, finest in the state. Each with private bath, hot and cold running water, Simmons Beautyrest equipment. Spacious grounds.

Restaurant and filling station in connection.

–The Simmons Beautyrest is a trademark name for the mattresses and beds by the Simmons company, still made today. The term ‘in connection’ indicates there are restaurants and filling stations near by, but not part of the business. In later years more elaborate and larger such accommodations would indeed have restaurants as part of the establishment.

The varied size of the cabins showed indicate a selection of accommodations for larger or smaller groups. Of special note is the handwritten number on the bottom of the card. This was an amendment made by the provider, and not by the customer, as it is present on two different cards, one used and one unused. This change indicates a revision in addresses after the card was published, usually by the post office to normalize and standardize postal services and delivery.

The used card is postmarked August 1947.

Pluto Falls, Watkins Glen, New York

One final image of Pluto Falls, one of nineteen named waterfalls in Watkins Glen State Park. Compare this image to a previous posting on this blog here. Note that the images are superficially identical, but the artist that colored the first one also added water effects to make the image feel more dynamic.

Arthur H. Richards, Watkins Glen, N. Y.

Arthur H. Richards, Watkins Glen, N. Y.\

There is no description on the back of this card, but it is consistent with other cards that date from the 1950’s.

Whispering Falls, Watkins Glen, New York

A different image this time, looking almost like a painting rather than a black and white photo that has been colored. The posterization of the details gives it a hand painted look. Whispering Falls is one of 19 named waterfalls in the park.

Published by Arthur Richards, Jr., Watkins Glen, N. Y.

Published by Arthur Richards, Jr., Watkins Glen, N. Y.

There is no description on the back of this card. The date is uncertain, but it is consistent with other cards that date from the 1940s.