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George Davis was a highly respected judge in Northwestern New York. He combined his appreciation of the Adirondack Mountains with an interest in history, and his collections reflect this. His home was in Lowville and he had a seasonal camp near Beaver Lake. Judge Davis passed away in 2010 at the age of 91.

The initial gift of a collection of over 200 postcards was received in 2005. The collection was later added to by the Adirondack Research Center. The current collection consists of over 1400 postcards. They date primarily from 1915 to 1940. They include images of sanitaria, cars, inns, cottages, clubs, boats, wildlife, and scenery from Lake Placid, Upper and Lower Saranac Lakes, Lake George, St. Regis Lake, Sacandaga Lake, the Saranac and Oswegatchie Rivers, Mount Marcy, Whiteface and the other High Peaks. In the interest of keeping the collection together, it also contains postcards from Utica, the Mohawk Valley, New York City and Washington D.C. and surrounding areas. The spelling and punctuation is an accurate representation of postcard captions.

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Postcards, Adirondack Park, Adirondack Mountains, Saranac Lake, Lake Placid, High Peaks Wilderness, North Country


Collection is open to research.

George Davis Postcard Collection, 1905-1940



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