The photographer of this stereoview shot photographs of a photographer shop (see how that works as a tongue twister).

Alden’s Photographic Pictures had “rooms” in New York, Troy, Providence, and Springfield in addition to this location in Saratoga. The banner in front advertises “Alden’s Patent Pictures - 6 Visite Size - Only Ones - Photographs - Ferrotypes” and if you look closely there are framed photo sets hanging on the porch of the shop as examples. Although we don’t have an exact date for this photo, based on the women’s dress and the fact that ferrotypes appeared in America in the 1850s, this image was probably taken around the mid-century when photography was still relatively new, and a photograph would have been a lovely souvenir to remember one’s time in Saratoga.

Image from the Saratoga Room collection at the Saratoga Springs Public Library.


I must say, I find that girl utterly delightful. Flat as a board, enormous birthmark the shape of Mexico over half her face, sweating for hours on end in that sweltering kitchen, while Mendl, genius though he is, looms over her like a hulking gorilla. Yet without question, without fail, always and invariably, she’s exceedingly lovely.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Dir. Wes Anderson