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#86: Poking Around, Hudson Valley

August 13, 2009

While poking around the LIFE Photo Archives I came across a splendid spread, old timers of the Hudson Valley (my home stomping ground) from the late 1930’s. All photographs by Margaret Bourke-White.

1
Oldtimer Manny Hotaling holding his insecticide gun which he claims he keeps to ward off the Ghosts of Pondshiners that live around him in the Taghanic hills in the Hudson valley.

(I wonder if there was a Mrs. Hotaling?)

2
Oldtimer Jack Loveland is a teller of tall tales about the lumbering days in the Hudson Valley.

3
Oldtimer “Yankee John” Balusha, 81, farmer & singer of old Hudson Valley songs.

4
Oldtimer Noah LeCasse, was the guide for Theodore Roosevelt when the news of Pres. McKinley’s assassination came to them at the Tahawus Club at the source of the Hudson River.

5
Oldtimer Captain Moses Collyer sailed on “Mary Powell”, the loveliest and fastest Hudson Steamboat.
The love of his life. Sad, distant eyes.

Oh the stories they’d tell…

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 14, 2009 8:41 am

    these are great! such expression!

  2. August 14, 2009 3:53 pm

    Pondshiner ghosts! Now I’m not going to be able to fall asleep tonight… These are great. PS, their stories ARE told in Carl Cramer’s The Hudson, which you must know as a daughter of the great water. http://brooklynbachelor.blogspot.com/2009/07/fireflies-on-hudson.html

  3. August 15, 2009 3:18 am

    i agree .. great expressions

  4. August 24, 2009 11:16 am

    I prefer “oldtimer” over the needlessly euphemistic “Senior Citizens”

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