'A Whisper in Time' show at Fairview

Margaretville — An exhibit of nine framed photographs taken at the turn of the last century is now on view at Fairview Public Library on Walnut Street.

The images were among 21 glass plate negatives found above Miller’s Drug Store years ago and donated to the Historical Society of Middletown by Al and Naomi Weiss. Several of the negatives were scanned and restored by Ed Kirstein of Roxbury. They were printed and framed by the historical society in 2007, and can be seen again at the library’s conference room through March 1.
The photos, taken by an unknown photographer, offer us a “Whisper in Time.” They show the Village of Margaretville from a couple of different perspectives, and Main Street, when horses and wagons were the principal means of transport.

One image shows a group of Native American women and children, believed to have been an “attraction” at the Margaretville Fair in 1903. An unidentified group of hunters ham it up for the camera in another photo, while a dapper man with cane and pocket watch, and a handsome couple in formal pose, are also captured for all time.

One mystery photo invites viewers to offer ideas on exactly what they think might be happening there!

For more information on the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown, and to view dozens of other historic images, visit www.mtownhistory.org.