Vintage Photography on Protrega Paper
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Museum Quality Silver Prints from the portfolio of Andrew Yale
NEW HAMPSHIRE HOTELS
SINCLAIR HOUSE, BETHLEHEM NH, 1975

Black and white silver print on Protrega paper
6x9 inches on 8x10 paper
Available copies : 3
Price: $600.00 USD


   There were once 28 grand resort hotels in Bethlehem, New Hampshire, where families came to spend the entire summer taking the mountain air. By the time I arrived, in 1973, only 8 hotels were still operating. But the remaining buildings, empty and shuttered, leant the place a dream like quality. Coming into town, you drove between two four story walls of white clapboard in an alley formed by a row of vacant hotel buildings, each with 300 empty rooms, every room with an iron bedstead and porcelain sink. All those empty beds threw a long shadow over the town, particularly in winter, when almost no one lived there at all.
   In the years I lived in Bethlehem, the remaining hotels went out of business, one by one. In 1974, I went to the auction at the Sinclair House and took a roll of film, just for a record. Some of the silver prints from that roll were so good that I photographed all the rest of the hotels in town and others throughout the North Country.
   As of this writing in 2010, only 2 of Bethlehem historic Victorian hotels still operate, both catering to a Hasidic Jewish clientele from the New York City area. All the rest of the buildings are gone, torn down or claimed by fire. These silver prints are the only record of many of them.
SINCLAIR HOUSE, 1975
$600.00