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    • Blithewood Swimming Pool

    • Swimming pools--New York (State)
    • In the spring 2005 issue of About Town magazine, Dorothy Crane writes about the 'pool by the falls': "The pool was an integral part of summer life at Bard for 20 years after the college acquired it. A green canopy of overhanging trees shaded the...
    • Bard Pool

    • Swimming pools--New York (State)
    • This postcard depicts another angle of the Blithewood pool. Acquired by Bard with the Blithewood estate in 1951, the college maintained the pool until the early 1970s. In the spring 2005 issue of About Town magazine, Dorothy Crane writes about the...
    • Rev. Bernard Iddings Bell

    • College presidents; Photography; Priests--United States;
    • Rev. Bernard Iddings Bell, the college's 7th president took the position in 1919 and resigned in 1933. His vision and energy permanently altered the physical and social geography of the college. Under his tenure, many buildings were constructed,...
    • View of the Village Square

    • Architecture; Bandstands;
    • The printed title on this postcard says "Conrwall Savings Bank". The bank can barely be seen, because it is behind the bandstand and to the right of the three-story Mattiessen Hall building.
    • Indenture of Tom

    • Slavery; Slaves;
    • An indenture of a young African-American boy named Tom to Abraham Corneilson. Abraham Cornelison was a Doctor in Clarkstown, NY. Tom was indentured until he was 28 years old. Tom was alive when New York State was gradually banning slavery in...
    • Three children with doll and Teddy Bear

    • Clothing & dress; Portraits; Glass negatives; Children; Boys; Girls; Shoes; Buttons (Fasteners); Hosiery; Dresses; Dolls; Teddy bears; Toys; Stuffed animals (Toys); Suits (Clothing);
    • Three children, two boys and one girl, pose with dolls. Despite his age, it is easy to recognize the youngest child here as a boy, with high button shoes and leggings. His short pants are buttoned to his shirt which closes from right to left, and...
    • SEGMENT 2: Education, fishing professionally

    • Nets; School attendance
    • Picked up mending knowledge from others until he got good. 15 years old going to school. Bought small seine with old crippled man with partner to fish for carp in Croton River, nights and weekends. $300/ton for carp, split 3 ways. Would fall asleep...
    • SEGMENT 8: Drowning stories

    • Drowning; Rescues; Kayaks;
    • Vietnamese family fishing story (modern). Person drowned trying to rescue boy in water. Henry once caught body in his net. He thought it was a log at first. Could see hair and thought it was moss on a log. It was a man with a windbreaker. He'd been...
    • SEGMENT 9: Accidents on river, ice fishing

    • Accidents; Ice fishing;
    • Accidents on river - Henry had crewmember who would drink from family at home who tried to commit suicide - Henry convinced him not to. Film of fishing with Henry in it. Went adrift once while ice fishing. Guys who went in for coffee put rowboat on...
    • SEGMENT 5: Nets cont'd

    • Nets; Fishing boats; Fishing & hunting gear;
    • Resumes interview where first tape left off, talking about modernizing. Switched to plastic boat in 1972. Went to Holland 1978. Frank said in newspaper that Hudson River fishermen fished 100 years behind the times and made lots of people angry....
    • SEGMENT 11: Sturgeon, Bootlegging

    • Shad; Caviar;
    • Fishing sturgeon through the ice description of how to do it. Processing sturgeon caviar description. Smoked sturgeon. Interview cuts out at phone ring and back in again. Frank didn't like sturgeon fishing much because it was so cold. Man made...
    • SEGMENT 12: River Bottom

    • Shad;
    • Number of people Frank had working for him. Fishermen who left jobs to fish and ended up with no pension or social security. No fishermen in family, but has some Scandinavian heritage. Most fishermen near Kingston were Italian, might be why they...

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