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Title [Indian Kettles and Trude]
Object Name Negative, Glass-plate
Photographer Austen, E. Alice
Date August 25, 1893
Collection Alice Austen Photograph Collection
Description Original glass plate negative. Trude Eccleston reclines and reads a book on a rock outcropping, with a lake and trees in the background. Her head is tilted forward so that her face is hidden by her hat, but her face is reflected in a small pool of water directly in front of her. Inscription "E.A.A." in lower right corner. Photographer's inscription identifies the scene as "Indian Kettles and Trude," Friday, August 25, 1893, Lake George."
(Keywords: New York, Adirondacks)
Film Size 4 x 5
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History A June 4, 1899 article in the New York Times described the Indian Kettles of Lake George: "Many are the explanations and good the stories told regarding the origin of the famous Indian kettles or potholes that abound along the shores of Lake George, N.Y. However, there can be no doubt that nature is directly responsible for their creation. Scientists say that they were formed by the constant twirling around of small stones that were held captive in the eddies of the water that once covered these shores during the glacial period. These potholes, or Indian kettles, as they are more generally called, vary in size from a few inches to three or four feet in diameter, and some of them twelve or more feet in depth and formed in solid rock and exceedingly smooth internally. The position of the potholes, one to the other, is not such that would give much credence to the traditional yarns that have been handed down concerning their formation by the Indians in which to make their soups &c..."
Earliest Date 1893
Latest Date 1893
Subjects Lakes & ponds
Landscape photographs
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Associated People Eccleston, Trude
Catalog Number 50.015.6269
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, June 2013.
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