Postcards index

Pre-Onteora postcards of the camp property


A large number of postcards were produced during the years that the property was used as a private fishing and skeet shooting club. Apparently the operation was well known enough that cards were published by several different companies. Some were likely made available to guests and others sold off-site.

Click on the cards for a larger view. Some cards have been rotated to make it easier to read the messages on them.


1907 Orchard Lake postcard

1907 Orchard Lake postcard
Taken from the dam area towards the parade grounds, this postcard mailed in 1907 features what we came to know as the Tuttle House, the barn, and the Manor House. Sadly all three of these structures are no longer there.
Undated Orchard Lake postcard

Undated Orchard Lake postcard
Another cleaner copy of the same postcard
1908 postcard of Orchard Lake

1908 postcard of Orchard Lake

1908 postcard of Orchard Lake
This postcard mailed in 1908 features the same view as above but the card has been printed in color. As this was in the days before color photography the colors were added by hand in the printing process.
Manor House circa 1910

Manor House circa 1910
This card is not dated but was advertised as being circa 1910. It's a nice view of the Manor House. There's another structure in the trees on the left - it might be the Tuttle House or the barn.
Manor House circa 1910

Manor House circa 1910
Here's another postcard mailed in 1910. This one is looking up towards the Manor House from the bridge.
Towards the Fish Hatchery 1914

Towards the Fish Hatchery 1914
Towards the Fish Hatchery 1914
This 1914 card shows a view up Sprague Brook from the bridge area.
1915 postcard of Orchard Lake

1915 postcard of Orchard Lake
Here's another early card. This 1915 view is looking in the opposite direction from the 1907 card, taken from the Manor House towards the lake. The view hasn't changed much in over 100 years!
1916 postcard of Orchard Lake

1916 postcard of Orchard Lake

1916 postcard of Orchard Lake
This postcard mailed in 1916 used the same photo as the previous card but with a different caption
Wildcat Falls postcard

Wildcat Falls postcard
Wildcat Falls postcard
The next card is from 1917. The title is "The Falls, Orchard Lake, N.Y." This is what we know today as Wildcat Falls.
Manor House postcard This card featured the Manor House when it was being used as the Club House for the Orchard Lake Fishing Club. The year is unknown.
Manor House postcard

Manor House postcard
Here's another card showing the Manor House during its Club House days. The year is unknown.
Manor House postcard

Manor House postcard
Undated Manor House postcard
Manor House postcard

Manor House postcard
Undated Manor House postcard
Undated postcard of the Tuttle House

Undated postcard of the Tuttle House
Undated postcard of the Tuttle House
Unknown building postcar

Undated postcard of the Tuttle House
Undated postcard of the Tuttle House. The camp barn is on the right.
Undated Orchard Lake postcard

Undated Orchard Lake postcard
This undated postcard of Orchard Lake shows the boathouse, bridge, and Manor House. It's interesting to see a flagpole and American flag in the parade ground area where we have them today.
Undated Orchard Lake boathouse postcard

Undated Orchard Lake boathouse postcard
Undated postcard of a boathouse on Orchard Lake. The bridge can be seen just to the right of the building.

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