Pablo Iglesias Maurer, an Iberian-American photographer, recently noticed an old matchbook on his desk. Perhaps the image of a resort complex from the 1960s looked sorted out from a postcard. Pablo became curious about how the once-famous monument now appears. Thus the curiosity resulted in the amazing picture collection, “Abandoned States.”
The antique photograph contained a heading – How To Run A Successful Golf Course. Unfortunately, once Maurer visited the place, things weren’t as expected, and the resort owner was seemingly not into any advice. In nearly the exact location, he directed the cam at the abandoned site and took a photo to showcase what it looked like five decades later.
From that moment, Pablo knew that he had been addicted. To capture the formerly eye-catching structures from old photographs, which now remain as hazy reminders of the past, he ordered several 1960s photographic postcards on eBay. He began travelling the country to find places.
“The locations weren’t as beautiful as they appear on the old cards. The two photos frequently don’t match up for me as smoothly. But with time, things become clearer and less distinct.
Check out these incredible photos from past and present.
Another of Grossinger’s swimming facilities. The building was well air-conditioned, and the tile flooring was warming. Exquisite “sputnik” lighting from the mid-20th century threw a radiance on the people swimming underneath. Workout facilities, a gymnasium, a hairdresser, and several amenities are located underneath the pool. The place is beyond restoration and has been abandoned since the late 1990s.
Grossinger’s outdoor swimming pool, which is the size of an Olympic pool, was constructed in 1949 for $400,000 (approximately $5 million in today’s environment). Luxurious cabanas, locker rooms, and cafes formerly surrounded it have vanished.
The carpeting in this Poconos lunch room used to be orange, brown, and red, but now it is greenish like the mosses that have replaced it.
Upon the southern edge of the renowned “Borscht Belt,” the Homowack Lodge is currently deserted. The site’s centrepiece is possibly a four-lane Brunswick bowling lane on the bottom floor. It has endured worse times. The place got closed in the middle of the 2000s yet continued for a short time, as a Hasidic facility first and the next as a summer camp that had to close after being declared unfit by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation.
Tennis courts at Grossinger. An advertisement for Grossinger’s rye bread, a fan favourite while the facility was open, can be found on the back of the postcards. Jenny Grossinger, the heiress of the Grossinger’s facility, puts out the pitch: “The pleasure and ventilation system visitors experience there certainly gives folks a hunger. People love our meals, especially with our Grossinger’s rye and pumpernickel toast being a highlight. The same nutritious, tasty loaf is available at your neighbourhood grocery shop. Have some bread. I’m sure that you’ll love it.
Bathing and tanning in the cozy Poconos. 1967 as of stamp. ” To dear Jonnie: I wish you were with us, I would have taken you horse rides, and we could have played a round of golf. Till I meet you, do well. Doctor Waterman.”
The core of this Poconos hotel was replaced in the 1970s when a catastrophic fire destroyed it. A modern spacecraft hidden inside the middle of the forest is a genuinely incredible view.
The Grossinger’s swimming facility was started in 1958. Florence Chadwick, the first female to cross the English Channel both ways, participated in the launch, accompanied by Elizabeth Taylor. According to Ross Padluck’s outstanding book “Lost Architecture of Paradise,” Grossinger’s swimming facility was the Catskills’ pinnacle. Something like it had never been constructed. It embodied all that the Catskills stood for in the 1950s, including excess, elegance, modernity, and fame.
The postcard from the Pocono resort has a caption on its back referring to the theatre there as the world’s modern showplace at times. The place has room for 1200 people. Although the site seems to be outdated, it still looks exquisite. Other than that, a note on the postcard speaks words from the person that was pleasured out on the premises; He had mentioned the time is lovely. Rowing a boat and shuffleboard were only exercises like activities. The writer seemed to like that environment with no rush yet more relaxed.
Here the images show the former cocktail lounge of the Poconos resort. According to the captions on the postcard, the place is peaceful, relaxing, and a healthful creation.
The matchbook had some text that said – Swimming in Sun Indoor Swimming Pool located at Penn Hills Lodge and Cottages. Poconos is the finest Modern resort.
“Jenny G Wing” was established in 1964 and is one of the last buildings standing in Grossinger. The creation was a work by Morris Lapidus and was inspired by The Mies van der Rohe. Morris is also the proud Miami Modern creator and the Capitol Skyline hotel designer.
The stairs are a path to an abandoned theater at Poconos. It is said to be last used in the 90s.
“Birchwood will be the only facility featuring three pool options, including an indoor swimming pool, an outdoor swimming pool, and a lake with beach,” reads the postcard’s description. At the base of the Village Green sits the stunning Eagle Lake, shown here. Meanwhile, couples relax on the white-sand beach using rowboats, bicycles, and chaise lounges. Indoor swimming, aircraft trips, films, bowling, horse riding, all winter sports, and 40 more free diversions are all included in six affordable all-inclusive package choices! Recently, the hangar at the resort’s airfield performed a unique objective: police murderer Eric Frein called the location his home while on the run for weeks before being caught just a short distance from Eagle Lake.
A Lane attendant – Homowack Lodge, Catskills.
The building is all similar to what was there in the ’70s. It is an ultra-modern housing structure with lobbies, a cocktail lounge, and offices included.
The places to reside at Poconos have been great. The words behind the postcard are the best evidence of that. Unfortunately, they are in disrepair and thus abandoned.
“Hello, Bernie.” Don’t assume we have forgotten about you, but sending postcards is a hassle because we’re having so much fun! This is life, and this area and these folks are magnificent. We are having the time of our lives. We’ll talk shortly. Love, Lou and Sheila