‘AMONG THE ISLANDS OF LAKE MUSKOKA'
Nice image of sailboat on a remote lake, Canadian Coat of Arms.
Canadian View Card Co. Toronto (Series 1B).
Dated July 27/06:
“__ greetings from Lake Rosseau. These lakes are as charming as those of Switzerland. They lack only the snow-capped mountains for a background. We have a five-acre island of woodland to ourselves. I feel like Robinson Crusoe & not even a “Friday” to be seen.
Addressed to Brooklyn NYC, redirected to Prospect Park Hotel Catskill NY.
Postmarks: ‘FERNDALE HOUSE ONT__ 06' duplex cancellation, ‘BROOKLYN NY JUL 29 1906’, 'CATSKILL NY REC’D JUL 30 1906’.
Scarce philatelic cancellation from small P.O.!
Some scuffs along edges. Light crease around coat of arms.
Ferndale House was built in 1880. Opened by R.G. Penson it was located on Lake Rosseau. The Nipissing used to dock at the wharf every day. In 1895 he sold it to his son, Seymour, an artist, who ran it till 1905. By 1887 there was an established dance held every Friday night. Seymour tore down the original building and replaced it with a new hotel which opened in 1899. From 1905 to 1910 John Cope rented it then George Penson operated it for two years. It was a private home for four years until John Cope bought and ran it for ten years.