This real photograph stereograph card apparently shows two sets of railroad tracks at an entrance to one of three tunnels in the Hudson Highlands area, where the New York Central Railroad ran its "Water Line" route north and south between New York City and Albany, New York.
We believe this is the Fort Montgomery tunnel and dates from the mid - late 1800s, but cannot be positive because there is no identification on the card except for "Views Along the Hudson River" printed on one end, and on the other end "Webster & Albee, Publishers, Rochester, N.Y."
The focus is sharp and clear and fading is minimal. With a jeweler's magnifier we even can read most of the largest lettering on a warning sign to the right of the entrance, "POSITIVELY . . . THIS TUNNEL".
This card is 4-1/4 inches x 6-7/8 inches size, printed on cream color card stock that has age darkened gracefully. Each photo is 3 inches wide and 3-5/8 inches tall and both are adhered as well as ever.
CONDITION: Extremely nice for its age with NO rips or tears. There is overall light "desk drawer grunge" surface scuffs and marks. All four card corners are lightly bumped. There are three round surface spots where liquid apparently dripped onto the left photo (above and left of the tunnel mouth) - this is hard to see unless you tilt the card in light and look.
What a terrific card for anyone with a historical interest in American transportation, particularly railroad history.
Item ID: JLB-11
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