Posts By:Emily Leonardo

Throwback Thursday- Women’s History Month

Here’s to Montauk Women!  In celebration of Women’s History Month, we recognize the hard work and contributions made by the women who have lived and worked in Montauk. A second installment of this history examining the legacy of Montaukett women will appear before the end of the month. Montauk women drove ambulances during wartime, opened… Read more »

Throwback Thursday- St. Therese of Lisieux Church

A few reference questions directed to the archives recently have centered around religious practice in Montauk before the construction of the two main church buildings in the village:  the Montauk Community Church (Presbyterian), dedicated in 1929, and St. Therese of Lisieux Church (Roman Catholic), which held its first public mass on August 31, 1931.  Both… Read more »

Throwback Thursday- Horse Rescue

Herb Herbert donated this photograph of the Montauk Fire Department rescuing a horse trapped in the ice near Deep Hollow Ranch.  Fireman Tom Grenci reports that the rescue was successful, and that the horse survived after walking out onto the frozen surface of the lake and falling in. Most Montaukers are pet-passionate and care deeply… Read more »

Throwback Thursday- Fashion Week

It’s Fashion Week in New York!  In honor of this twice-yearly event, now called American Collections Week, we’re posting a photograph from the 1950s to show off Montauk’s own version of ingenuity and high design. We believe Bill’s Inn is the venue where this annual Montauk Fire Department dinner was photographed.  To provide entertainment at… Read more »

Throwback Thursday- The Card Room

Montauk lost cable television during the recent snowstorm.  Before television, however, and long before cable, people played board games and cards to pass the time.  In fact, an entire room at the Montauk Manor was dedicated to card-playing, with tables set up for guests and members of the community who booked bridge clubs and card… Read more »

Throwback Thursday: Anna Viola Olson

Algot Olson was a carpenter.  He moved from Sweden with his family to Montauk in the 1920s, presumably to work for Carl Fisher.  His wife was born Anna Johannsen (Americanized to Johanson).  The Olson family had a strong presence in the community, and were stalwart members of the Montauk Community Church. This beautifully printed baptismal… Read more »

Throwback Thursday- Eel Harvest

That’s fisherman Harry Clemenz spearing eels off of Star Island.  The year is 1979 and the month is February.  During the 1970s, the winters were still cold enough to freeze the lakes and ponds around Montauk. In warmer months, fishermen dredged for eel, or set eel traps and pots to catch their quarry.  Fishermen understood… Read more »

Throwback Thursday- 1950s Businesses

The Montauk Library’s archival collection includes stellar examples of aerial photography.  This overview from the Al Holden Collection is undated, but if we research the motels and businesses that appear in the picture it seems certain it was photographed in the 1950s. In fact, this aerial view beautifully documents the early years of Montauk’s booming… Read more »

Throwback Thursday- Lathrop Brown Windmill House Postcard

Hand-coloring was often employed on vintage postcards, done by the manufacturer during production.  Like most early postcards, this particular view was originally transferred from a B & W photograph.  However, since postcard buyers would almost always purchase the brighter image, as early as 1902 collotype-printed postcards in B & W would gain a painterly flourish. … Read more »

Throwback Thursday- New Year’s at Shagwong Tavern

We don’t know if the gathering in this top photo took place on New Year’s Eve, but one thing we’re sure of is that Mary Williams Wood, the proprietess of the Shagwong Tavern, knew how to throw a good party.  Kathleen Warren donated these two gems. She identified the celebratory group as “Nell (Wilson), Frances,… Read more »