Swipe to see the difference between these lovely vintage photos, and what the same resort looks like now! This throwback Thursday is courtesy of @lukejspencer
, intrepid explorer and photographer. This is The Pines, an abandoned resort in South Fallsburg, NY built in the 1930’s. At its heyday, the resort had more than 400 rooms, along with facilities for ice skating, swimming, ballroom dancing, skiing, and tennis. It also had its own theater and nightclub. The Pines shut down for good in 1998, and has been slowly being reclaimed by the elements. Thanks for tagging #atlasobscura
in these excellent photos, @lukejspencer
Roy Bard lived an ordinary life as a telephone lineman until the age of approximately 24. Initially complaining of hip pain, within 4 years Bard had become as stiff as a board. Suffering from a disease known as ankylosis, all of Bard’s joints had fused, rendering him a shell of his former self.
Seeing an opportunity, Bard joined Ripley’s Odditorium. Billed as the Ossified Man, there wasn’t much Bard could do other than lay around as spectators gazed upon him in various stages of disbelief.
However, despite his ridged state, Bard was still capable of moving his lips and would sign autographs for fans with his mouth.
While being interviewed during the World’s Fair, Bard claimed to have accepted his condition and was quoted in saying, “Believe it or not, I am happy”. In the summer of 1937, Bard was involved in a traffic accident while in route to a carnival in Milaca, Minnesota. He was unable to recover from his injuries and, as a result, passed away on August 9th, 1937.
Much like Cheerful Gardner (yesterday’s deathstination), Roy Bard can also be found in the Pacific Coast Showmen’s lot of Evergreen Cemetery.