HISTORY IS COOL: 90 years ago

Jan. 9, 1931

Lake Placid movies

More pictures have been made in Lake Placid this year than in any resort in the country, including Miami, according to the report of motion picture men who have been working here for the past two weeks.

Nine subjects have already been photographed by representatives of Fox Movietone News and Hearst Petrotone. Several of these are now being seen nationally in news reels.

They will be viewed by many millions in screen audiences during the coming months. Thomas L. Cummiskey, sports editor of Fox-Hearst Movietone, includes 20 million people in an estimate of the audience that will view these pictures.

Orchestras from the St. Moritz hotel and Bear Cub contributed their services without pay, as did the Majestic restaurant in furnishing tables and a waitress for a scene at the new Olympic stadium.

A report from Fox-Hearst headquarters terms the scenes of the bob run and sleigh ride excellent. These pictures, as well as the toboggan slide, are being used nationally. Other subjects include the ice night club, the boy birds of Lake Placid taking the ski jumps, hockey, skiing on Stevens Hill and dog sledding.

One day this week, Fox-Hearst representatives went to AuSable Forks, where they had luncheon with Rockwell Kent, and made a number of pictures of the famous artist at work.

Cadillacs seized

Two brand new Cadillac cars bearing Westchester County plates were seized near Wilmington recently.

The drivers of both cars, upon seeing the officers, fled. Both machines were loaded with Canadian ale.

Olympic stickers

Letters leaving Lake Placid have attracted much attention through their striking seals, given free as Olympic publicity and already used by many residents and visitors for correspondence.

The stickers are most effective in design, and are slightly larger than a special delivery stamp. They are in blue and white, with the Olympic chain in colors, and are miniature reproductions of the poster.

Interested persons may call for stickers at the publicity office in the Town Hall. The stamps are available in French, German, Spanish and English.

Stagecoach history

The present vogue for stagecoaches, both real and the miniature, recalls to many old settlers of Lake Placid the days before their enemy, the horseless carriage, drove them from their honored position as the chief conveyance of the Adirondacks to museums and the junk heap.

There are still living in this vicinity “old-timers’ who recall the day when they listened for the crack of the whip and the rumble of wheels that brought to mountain homes the mail, the news and visitors in summer.

Lake Placid was for many years the terminal of a stagecoach line from Elizabethtown.

Drawn by six horses, this conveyance brought to Nash’s and Brewster’s, early hotels here, the first summer visitors to Lake Placid.