It’s time for another vintage Essex, NY, image! This is the fourth in a series of stereoviews that we have recently acquired. This historic image shows us a hill top view of the picturesque hamlet long before paved roads became the common in the area. The dirt road lined with low stone walls/fences visible in the photo is today’s Lakeshore Road.
The photograph gives us a view of Essex and its main bay from the north. The landscape as the road approached town was much more open than it is today as agriculture was an important livelihood for many. Note the wooden fence in the foreground that probably held or blocked the access of someone’s livestock. Today much of the land along Lakeshore Road has been repopulated by forests or is now residential property.
Can you recognize any of the Essex buildings peaking out of the skyline? Do you notice any that are missing from the photo that would be there today?
We have chosen to share this stereoview soon after we shared the previous stereoview picturing an Essex bay because this photo offers a different perspective on the same site. See a comparison below. Can you spot the building that appears in both images?
Can you tell us anything more about these scenes? Agree or disagree with our postulations of this waterfront site? Share your knowledge and insights below in the comments!
What is a Stereoview?
If this is the first of our shared stereoview images that you’re viewing, then you may be wondering– just what is a stereoview? Historically, photographers produced these double image cards to be used with a stereo viewer. The device gave the appearance of 3-D when you looked through it, hence the mirroring images for each eye to create the illusion.
We hope you’re enjoying these vintage images! Keep your eyes on the Essex on Lake Champlain blog for more.
- Vintage Stereoview: Northern Essex Bay (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Vintage Stereoview: Wilder House (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- Vintage Stereoview: Noble Clemons House (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)
- 1958 Vintage Ferry Brochure (www.essexonlakechamplain.com)