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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.

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Kutsher's Country Club Sold: Will Become Health Retreat

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Meet Marisa Scheinfeld: Catskill Mountain Photographer-Videographer 1 Reply

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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 ClassicMemories on April 20, 2011 at 6:46pm

We used to go the mountains to Lake George when I was a kid. That was a long drive from Brooklyn. It took about 6 hours to get there but it was so worth it.

Once checked into our cabin, we spent hours fishing and swimming and going to the local attractions like Santa's Workshop, Storytown, Gaslight Village and the Catskill Game Farm.

The first item I ever sold online years ago was a Storytown Glass Mug. The guy who bought it lived in Lake George.

I look back at those days with such fondness now.

It was a time of innocence and fun. Where did all the time go?

Comment by Dempsey's CollectAbles on April 20, 2011 at 6:36pm

We want to share another Great Piece of Early Catskill Mountain History. If it could only talk, the stories we might hear......

This particular brick was used in the Town of Catskill. Part of a retention wall on one of the streets built on the hill side.

Needless to say, the years of Mother Nature, took it's toll one spring day, and washed the wall away. Leaving behind these Relics of a bye gone Catskill. Of course, these bricks were used to pave streets and drive-ways, and even some of the older brick buildings had been built with these. It's a True Honest piece of History.

Which if your interested, I have an extra brick for sale. Just let me know through the Best Antique Gathering Site.... I-Antique!

ENJOY FOLKS!!!

Comment by Robert E. Baker on April 20, 2011 at 6:01pm

Dianne I have just one Post Card of the Catskills which is the ST Regis Hotel, and I have posted it. I also in honor of the ancestors from the Old Country have posted a Post Card showing Ellis Island. My grandfather came to Ellis Island at age 13 from Germany. He wa all alone and sent by his parents to find a better life than what was offered at that period of time in Germany. He never saw his parents or siblings again.

   After my retirement from the New York State Police I was often in the Borscht Belt at Liberty, N.Y. The reason being that I was employed by Alan Gerry, Liberty, N.Y. who was the owner  Cablevision Inc. of Liberty, N.Y. which is now a part of Time Warner. I attended many Corporate meetings and enjoyed many fine meals in the Catskills, and have many fond memories of the people I met.

Comment by Ann on April 20, 2011 at 5:31pm

I recently featured the Catskills on my web site that you will love reading about the good ole days of that region in New York.

Read it here: http://www.networkconnecticut.com/2010/12/18/from-the-catskills-to-...

Comment by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on April 20, 2011 at 9:41am

Dempsey,

Great story about the tunnel...... keep posting....Dianne

Comment by Dempsey's CollectAbles on April 20, 2011 at 9:11am

I tried to put a paypal buy now button, but doesn't work here.

If interested in purchasing this Great Catskill Bottle, $24.95 pp $8.00 in the U.S. Contact me through I-Antique.

Comment by Dempsey's CollectAbles on April 20, 2011 at 9:09am

Many years ago, whilst living in the Catskills, we bought a old general store building, three stories, including the basement.

"basement" none of those here in Florida....,  Anyhow, down deep in the basement, there was a large hole in the concrete side wall, with a heavy metal plate covering this hole. The first day of ownership, I slid the metal, to reveal a tunnel, which reached far under the Parking area and Highway that was in front of the building. It was Dark, Dreary with water dripping. I was a WIMP, and did NOT go into this hole. I've asked, and even offered to pay others to go into it for me. Nobody would do it.

So some years later, we sold the building, and the day of the sale, I was still bothered by this tunnel. "what is in there"

Well, needless to say, I put ALL FEARS ASIDE, took the flashlite, and went into the tunnel. Dark, Dreary and Wet. Spots it was almost as if it were raining. This tunnel went the entire length of the building, which was long, and went about 10 feet out under the highway, where BIG TRUCKS and Traffic went over. Still to this day, I cannot understand how that OLD TUNNEL held up. Oh.. back to the tunnel. Almost to the end of it, and Nothing but mud and gush. BUT WAIT.... at the very end of the tunnel, sticking out of the mud, a case of bottles...... Of course the wood case was no longer, but the bottles stood erect, and said, take us outta' this dark place. I DID.

I've sold or traded quite a few through the years. But still have another to offer for sale or trade. I would trade Straight Up for ANY SPATZ BOTTLE from Saugerties NY. It could be embossed or painted label. Though Must be in as Good as Condition as this bottle is. Or you can just buy.

 


Comment by Dempsey's CollectAbles on April 20, 2011 at 7:49am

What would a Catskill Group, be without a Catskill Pennant?

Or two?

I'll add more Catskill Mountain Past in the Future!
ENJOY

Comment by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on April 19, 2011 at 5:18pm

Check out Classic Catskills From The Herald Record

 

http://www.classiccatskills.com/

 

Comment by C. Dianne Zweig Editor's Desk on April 19, 2011 at 5:17pm
 

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