Do you recognize any landmarks in this vintage postcard scene of Lake Champlain? How about the steamship — is that a ferry? Share your thoughts and observations in the comments!
Here is what the community already had to say:
Dianne Lansing: It has a walking beam …could it be the Ti? Was that red-roofed building in Burlington?
Janet L Mikamouse: Yes, it looks like a lake Champlain ferry!
Bill Mock: That boat is either the ticondaroga or the chattague off the shore of port Kent. My grandfather Captain Wally Mock did pilot those 2 boats.
Rick Bunning: Looks a lot like Mallets Bay, Colchester, VT, looking southwest.
Paul Sears: That is definitely NOT a ferry!
I’m not sure if that steamship is a ferry or not; I cannot make out a name along the side at all. What are your thoughts?
The caption of this photo reads: “Across the lake from Hotel Champlain, NY.” Hotel Champlain stood where what is today Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh, NY. The hotel opened in 1890 and closed in 1951, so this postcard likely dates between that range. Check out an old postcard of the hotel we featured previously below:
So since this postcard is showing across the lake from the hotel in Plattsburgh that means we are looking at Vermont — perhaps South Hero? Looking at a map that appears to be directly across the lake, although this could be at an angle… what do you think?
Below is the backside of this postcard. It was never sent, so there is no postage mark, but you can make out the cost of the stamp and a bit of information about the publisher (Detriot Publishing Co.) in the upper left corner.
Do you have any thoughts to share? Please leave a comment below!
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