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Watkins Glen, NY with 4 Views of Waterfalls
Microphoto Showing Four views from Watkins Glen, NY

Watkins Glen, NY with 4 Views of Waterfalls

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The view shows 4 images of waterfalls at Watkins Glen, NY. The Watkins Glen State Park was opened to the public in 1863 as a privately run tourist resort. In 1906 it was purchased by New York State. In 1924 management was turned over to the Finger Lakes Region of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Since then the park and it's 19 waterfalls have been a summer retreat for many tourists. The photos are Cavern Cascade, Diamond Falls, Minnehaha Falls, and Pluto Falls. The images are titled

     WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. above the images
     CAVERN CASCADE below upper left image
     DIAMOND FALLS below lower left image
     MINNEHAHA FALLS below upper right image
     PLUTO FALLS below lower right image
     MADE IN FRANCE is along the right side

Antique microphoto glass cliché was made in France in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Each microphoto was made directly on the glass plate. Each 4 inch x 5 inch glass plate was comprised of several hundred of the same microphoto. This larger plate was then hand scored and cut to make the individual photos for use in the manufacturing of stanhopes. Each microphoto cliche is approximately 3mm x 3mm or about an 1/8" square. In most cases we have a few examples of each and as they have been stored for nearly a century, the conditions vary. Some of the cliches may have scratches or other maladies. Because microphotography is very exacting and complex, even the finest made microphotos can have faults. In general, they are very nice and certainly useable for study or could be used for stanhope repairs. They should be considered rare, as such microphotos seldom escaped the stanhope manufacturing workshops. They are a wonderful curiosity and historical artifact.

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