Every Monday we share a vintage image on the Essex on Lake Champlain Facebook page and invite our viewers to play some Vintage Essex Trivia. This image did not inspire any comments, although is gained many “likes”—perhaps because no one recognized the view or it was simply too recognizable to those in Essex? In any case the postcard’s title gives the scene away: “Camel’s Hump & Mansfield from Essex, NY.”
Both Camel’s Hump and Mount Mansfield are mountains in Vermont; they are respectively the 3rd and 1st highest in the state. This photograph is a view of them from across Lake Champlain in Essex, NY. Can you tell where in Essex the photo was taken?
The back of the postcard tells us more about who took the photo. It reads: “Pub. for Alexanders News, Essex, NY. By C.W. Hughes & Co. Inc., Mechanicville, NY.” That means it was taken and probably used in a publication by Alexanders News, a business that was once in Essex. Was this a local newspaper? If you know more, please share your knowledge in the comments.
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