Pablo Iglesias Maurer is an extremely talented photographer. One day he noticed a matchbook from decades ago. As he opened it up, there was a postcard-like picture on it, of a resort complex built in the 1960s. It got Pablo wondering how the then famous landmark looked now.
Since then, Pablo was addicted. He ordered more ’60s photo postcards on eBay and began scouring the country, capturing these once-magnificent buildings from old photos that are now discarded as faint memories of what once was.
The Homowack Lodge now sits abandoned on the southern edge of the famed “Borscht Belt.” On its lower level, maybe the highlight of the place, a four-lane Brunswick bowling alley. It has seen better days.
The browns and reds and oranges of this Poconos dining hall’s carpet have turned green, the color of the moss that’s taken its place.
Grossinger’s outdoor pool, olympic sized, built in 1949 at a cost of $400,000 (about $5 million in today’s market.)
More of the indoor pool at Grossinger’s. The tiled floor was heated, the entire structure air conditioned.
Grossinger’s indoor tennis center. The rear of the postcard is an ad for Grossinger’s rye bread, a local staple during the resort’s operation.
Sunbathing and swimming in the Poconos. Postmarked, 1967. “Dear Jonnie: If you were only here, I would take you out for a horse-back ride – or else we could go golfing. Be good until I see you. Dr. Waterman.”