Then & Now: Saratoga Springs, NY

Being from Saratoga, I love to discover old photographs of the city.  Saratoga has a long and fascinating history, centered mainly around its natural springs, grandiose hotels (most of which are no longer standing), and horse racing track, which just celebrated its 150th anniversary.  It may not be as well-known a destination as New York or Boston, two of the nearest big cities, but I can assure you there is no shortage of subjects to photograph here. I just finished a great book Saratoga Lost: Images of Victorian America by Robert Joki, which compelled me to write this post, the fourth in my series of then and now photo essays.  Most of the "then" photos are stereoscopic views, which, with a stereoscopic viewfinder, will appear 3D.  You can also cross your eyes just a little bit until you see the shot in 3D, but be careful with that method!

Saratoga Race Course grand stand then:

"Grand Stand, Race Course" (Public Domain Photo) from New York Public Library via WikiMedia Commons

The grand stand now: The Crowd at the Track

Yaddo then:

Yaddo now:
Stormy Skies at Yaddo

Yaddo gardens then:

Yaddo gardens now:
Yaddo Gardens in Spring

Columbian Spring then:
"Columbian Spring" by the Kilburn Brothers (Public Domain Image) from New York Public Library via Wikimedia Commons

Columbian Spring now:
Columbian Spring

Saratoga Lake then:

Saratoga Lake now:
Clouds Rolling Over Saratoga Lake

Hathorn Spring then (interior):

Hathorn Spring now (still lovely, but not quite as grandiose!):
Hathorn Spring

A residential street then (1960s):
(Personal family photo)

That same street now:
Snowy Street

Broadway then:

Broadway now:
Cars Zooming Down Broadway in Saratoga Springs

Congress Hall (hotel) then:

Site of Congress Hall now (Spirit of Life Statue): Spirit of Life

Spit & Spat in Congress Park then:

Spit & Spat now:
Spit or Spat

Tools I used to create the "now" photos this post:  Canon EOS Rebel T1i, (replaced by Canon EOS Rebel T5i), Canon EOS 6D, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM, Manfrotto 190XDB Tripod, Manfrotto 496RC2 Ball Head, B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer Slim Filter, B+W 77mm 3.0 ND 110 Filter, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, Canon EOS 60D, Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM, Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM, Adobe Photoshop CS4, Adobe Photoshop CS6


  1. Really cool post - like the before and afters. May have to look and see if my town has some befores on places like flickr and go shoot the afters. I really like this idea you had!


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