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Table of Contents. Read the table of contents for both the Tannersville history and the 1950s personal memoir.

A Look Back at the Four-Corners. View a page that reconstructs the author's neighborhood through early 20th-century postcard views.

Historical Map of the Four-Corners. View the author's map that shows the evolution of the Tannersville Four-Corners.

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The author's Introduction sets forth the rationale, conception, and background of Just a Tot in Tannersville.

Just a Tot in Tannersville:
The Recollections of a Railroad Avenue Boy
on the Busy Summer Life of the 1950s
,
incorporating
A Micro-History of
the Tannersville Four-Corners

Just a Tot in Tannersville:
The Recollections of
a Railroad Avenue Boy
on the Busy Summer Life
of the 1950s
(Two books in one,
incorporating
A Micro-History of the
Tannersville Four-Corners)

By Reginald W. Bacon
(Newburyport, Mass.:
Variety Arts Press, 2011)
106 large-format pages; indexed
ISBN: 978-0-9817945-2-5
LOC: 2008931627

Just a Tot in Tannersville: The Recollections of a Railroad Avenue Boy on the Busy Summer Life of the 1950s, incorporating A Micro-History of the Tannersville Four-Corners, is a combination personal memoir and local history of the brief post-WWII Armenian resort boom in a small town in New York's northern Catskill Mountains. The author's New England Yankee grandparents ran a limousine service and small lodging house sandwiched between two well-worn Victorian-era hotels. In the early 1950s, these hotels served an Armenian clientele, and author's copiously-illustrated recollections tell of the summers surrounded by the exotic aromas of Armenian cuisine through the days, and the quavering semi-tones of belly dance music far into the nights. As an adult museum professional, the author revisited the old resort town, and explored its fascinating development and history as a destination for New Yorkers seeking renewal in the mountains. The book includes 254 photos and illustrations, 16 maps, endnotes, bibliography, appendices, and index, ... and a rumination on the foggy, dangerous intersection of rigorous professional history and rosy personal memoir.

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