Pleaseant Lake, New York: [Circa 1900].
Softcover. Quarto. Measuring 10” x 12”. Leatherette papercovered boards with “Photographs” in gild on the front. Approximately 100pp. The album contains 220 gelatin silver photographs, most 3” x 4”, tipped in and with about a third of the album pages empty. About very good with heavy wear at the edges with fraying, tears and some loss at the corner; interior photographs are generally fine.
The album show a group of 20 or so well-to-do men and women engaged in a variety of outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, sailing, canoeing, and berry picking. The album begins with views of the local railroad station and many images of the group's large house in the woods (possibly a boarding house), along with log cabins, out buildings, a wood-planked path to the lake, the lake house, and dock. The surrounding forest is heavily featured. There are a number of interesting group photos showing members posing on rocks and logs or relaxing at their house and campsites. Many photos show successful hunters and fishermen/women proudly posing with their trophies and engaged in food preparation. Photos of the small train station show signs that read "Pleasant Lake" and one of the loosened photos of a fisherman has a Lausinburg, New York address on the reverse, confirming the images were taken in the Empire State.
An attractive visual record of turn-of-the century outdoor leisure activities of wealthy New Yorkers.