Attractive RPPC photo postcard with atmospheric image of a steam locomotive of the Delaware and Hudson Railroad traveling in the Adirondacks. Taken by famed Adirondack photographer J.S. Wooley.
Written on the negative ‘A “D. and H.” FLYER”.
On back name of photographer ‘(ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH) PUB. BY J.S. WOOLEY, BALLSTON SPA, NY’
Postmarked ‘BALLSTON SPA JUNE 6 NY’ and mailed to Holland. Text dated ‘5/6, 10’
Creases UR/LR corners. Smudges/toning on back.
Jesse Sumner Wooley
Wooley was born in the Adirondack town of Wilton, New York on May 23, 1867. It was in Wilton that he first attended school in a one-room schoolhouse. In 1879 his family moved nearby to the Geysers on the outskirts of Saratoga, New York. The following year he went to work for the Saratoga photographers Baker and Record (later known as Record and Epler). Working as an errand boy for the photographers during the summer, he attended school at the Geysers during the winter. Advancing through an informal apprenticeship under Baker and Record, he became an assistant photo printer in 1883….
Wooley moved into a new photographic studio on the corner of Milton Avenue and Washington Street in Ballston, Spa in March of 1903. Wooley had the studio specially built for him, including a skylight which allowed portrait photography in natural light.
Wooley was a highly successful commercial photographer and businessman. In addition to his photographic studio, he opened a gift and record shop on Milton Avenue. In 1908 he opened a studio and gift shop at Silver Bay on Lake George. His work was constantly in demand. A profitable sideline for him included the sale of scenic photographic postcards of the Adirondacks area made from his photographs. In addition, at different points during his career, Wooley did photographic work for the Delaware and Hudson Railroad and the Canadian-Pacific Railroad.