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Mid-century photo collection donated to Long Lake Archives

A rail car is delivered to Blue Mountain Lake for historical display in March 1958. This image is part of a collection from late local photographer Duane Sutton, now part of the Long Lake Archives.

A rail car is delivered to Blue Mountain Lake for historical display in March 1958. This image is part of a collection from late local photographer Duane Sutton, now part of the Long Lake Archives. Duane Sutton

— An avid local photographer’s mid-20th century work is now part of the Long Lake Archives Collection, thanks to his daughter.

Duane Sutton, who died in 2005, was an inveterate photographer throughout his life, and the collection has roughly 1,000 images donated by daughter Patty Sutton Tokarz.

Sutton served on the USS Springfield at the end of World War II and photographed the ship at sea from all angles. He also photographed the crew at work at their various jobs, mopping the deck and getting a haircuts.

He photographed everyday occurrences in the Adirondacks like shoveling snow off roofs in the winter, lumbering operations and driving the school bus.

Also part of the collection are Sutton ancestors, including his mother, Angeline, and his father and grandfather, who were guides. Those photos include an account of a fishing trip on the Raquette River with Sutton’s father Clint.

Sutton took many pictures of his various trucks, his cars and, in his younger days, his girlfriends.

Sutton also photographed such unique occurrences as the arduous journey by road — not railroad track — of the Belmont private Pullman car, the “Oriental,” to the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake.

The photos have been copied onto discs by Hilary LeBlanc who has been instrumental in preserving most of the photographs on discs for the Archive’s collection. As soon as the photos are catalogued, a historical showcase of some of the work is planned.

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