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Catskill Mountain Collectibles And Memorabilia: The Borscht Belt Experience

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Catskill Mountain Collectibles And Memorabilia: The Borscht Belt Experience

Welcome to the "Kochalain", share stories, photos, memorabilia...meet some old and new friends.

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Latest Activity: Oct 18, 2016

Back In The Catskills With Moderator C. Dianne Zweig

Remembering The Catskills

New York's Catskill Mountains were home to hundredths of bungalow colonies (cottage summer vacation communities), summer camps and small hotels. Also referred to as "The Borscht Belt" or "The Mountains" this popular  vacation area attracted families who left the heat of the city for some fresh air and relaxation in "The Country".  The Catskill's were a haven for Jewish families who had experienced exclusion  and discrimination in other places.

 

According toThe Catskill Institute by the 1950s over a million people spent their summers in New York's Catskill Mountain region.  The Catskill Institute (affiliated with Brown University) states  that  bungalows, summer camps and small hotels,  "shaped American Jewish culture, enabling Jews to become more American while at the same time introducing the American public to immigrant Jewish culture".

 

Survivors re-Establishing Life In America

Some  bungalow colonies such as  "The Four Season's Lodge" (featured in a recent documentary  directed by  Andrew Jacobs were vacation spots where once orphaned Holocaust survivors re-established  life in America, marrying and developing life long social relationships with other survivors.

 

Baby Boomers And The Catskills  

Like many baby boomers, I fondly remember The Catskills. My grandparents along with my parents and later my siblings stayed in bungalows and hotels  in such towns as Monticello, South Fallsburg, Loch Sheldrake, Kiamesha Lake etc. I can taste the rye bread and ice cold apple juice as I am writing this introduction. My sister met her husband  in the Catskills when both were working at one of the hotels and most of my childhood memories center on "The Catskills".

 

Collectibles, Souvenirs, Memorabilia

I still have mom's Mah Jongg set and plenty of decks of pinocle cards, relics from the "card rooms" that were staples in every colony. My drawers are filled with little plastic souvenir photo viewers (you remember these "scopes" ....tiny  negatives would be illuminated in a viewer imprinted with the name of the hotel on the outside).

 

Our photo albums are filled with pictures of our summer vacations in "The Mountains". The photo icon above is my mom (on the left) with her neighbor circa 1950s.  Before I was born, my grandparents also spent summers in The Castskill,  hiring a "hack" (private car) to shlepp them to  "The Country". These cars were nothing fancy.....drivers would stuff people and suitcases in every inch of space in the car and  make their way up to "The Mountains". The trip took forever! These old photos of the limos leaving for the Catskills are priceless.

 

I hope that you will  post your stories, memories, photos, videos, resources etc in this forum. Let's return to the Catskills and have some fun! What are you waiting for...tell your friends and  family about this group. It's never too late to bring back The Catskills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discussion Forum

AT A CATSKILLS REUNION, A BUNGALOW COLONY’S PAST AND PRESENT COME TOGETHER

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk Jan 8, 2016.

The end of Kutsher's

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk Dec 3, 2013.

Kutsher's Country Club Sold: Will Become Health Retreat

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk Dec 3, 2013.

Meet Marisa Scheinfeld: Catskill Mountain Photographer-Videographer 1 Reply

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk. Last reply by Marisa Scheinfeld Nov 13, 2013.

In Catskills, City Buyers Recolonize Bungalows By LISA SELIN DAVIS Published

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk Nov 13, 2013.

What Did You Love About Staying In Hotels Back In The Day In The Jewish Catskills?

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk Nov 7, 2013.

12 Most Hilarious Borscht Belt Comedians

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk Aug 19, 2013.

Seeking to Lure the Crowds Again. But Hold the Borscht By PETER APPLEBOME

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk Aug 19, 2013.

Wilt Chamberlain: Borscht Belt Bellhop

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk Jul 28, 2013.

RECAP: KUTSHERS TRIBECA “APPETITE CITY” EVENT AT TENEMENT MUSEUM 1 Reply

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk. Last reply by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk Jan 31, 2012.

Reflections on the Delmar Hotel and the Demise of the Catskills 1 Reply

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk. Last reply by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk Jan 31, 2012.

Welcome Back To The Catskills

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk Jul 10, 2011.

Raleigh Hotel Vintage Images And Postcards 6 Replies

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk. Last reply by LN Gail Jun 29, 2011.

Borscht Belt Bungalows

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk Apr 28, 2011.

Grossingers Hotel Vintage Postcards, Photos And Images 1 Reply

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk. Last reply by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk Apr 28, 2011.

Laurels Hotel And Country Club Vintage Postcards, Photos And Images

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk Apr 28, 2011.

Remembering the Catskills: Wonderful Borscht Belt Mmemories By Staci Sturrock

Started by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk Apr 21, 2011.

Glen Briar Motel anyone? Ellenville Wawarsing

Started by House of Charm Antiques Southinc Apr 21, 2011.

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Comment by Heidi Kessler on October 18, 2016 at 2:17pm

Just wanted to share this Autumn Catskill Mt. card. Has anyone been to Black Lake? Postcard circa early 1960s.

Comment by Dempsey's CollectAbles on June 29, 2015 at 1:59pm

I Loved that video you shared Dianne.
Sad n Sweet, and we knew it complete........

Comment by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on June 29, 2015 at 1:53pm
Thanks Dempsey
Comment by Dempsey's CollectAbles on June 27, 2015 at 8:36am

Thanks for adding these memories of the past.
The Borscht Belt video, below, doesn't work. So I went and grabbed another link. Hope you don't mind.
By the way, I've personally cleaned out many of those bungalow colonies, way back when......

Borscht Belt Catskills

Comment by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on June 25, 2015 at 10:26pm

Justs watched Welcome To Kutshers.....very enjoyable documentary. Here is the link: http://www.kutshersdoc.com/

Comment by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on November 13, 2013 at 9:51am
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Comment by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on November 13, 2013 at 9:44am

The poster for 'When Comedy Went to School.'

Comment by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on November 7, 2013 at 8:07pm
Does anyone have old photos of vacationing in Bungalow colonies?
 

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