Warrensburg Town Assessor Greg Klingler poses with some of the post cards depicting Warrensburg scenes that he’s recently published. Local citizens say the last time anyone published contemporary scenes of Warrensburg was likely as far back as the 1960s or early 1970s.
The last time someone bought a post card depicting Warrensburg, it was likely from an antiques and collectables dealer, not from a retail enterprise.
While dozens of stores in Lake George offer post cards depicting contemporary local scenes, not one area shop offers any of Warrensburg. The last time new post cards depicting Warrensburg were printed was probably as far back as the 1960s.
However, Greg Klingler, who serves as Warrensburg Town Assessor, is on a mission to do something about the disparity, he said this week.
“For a long time, I looked around, but I couldn’t find any new post cards with Warrensburg scenes,” Klingler said. “But our town has a lot of really nice scenic places.”
Klingler is publishing a series of postcards bearing his scenic photos. Friday Sept. 7, he took time on his lunch break to review photographs he’s already chosen for his cards and others he might have printed.
Klingler, an accomplished amateur photographer, has for decades enjoyed photographing trains, old churches, historic buildings, and scenery including waterways and fall foliage. Such subjects are well-suited for local postcards, he said.
Already, his compelling photographs of locomotives running up to North Creek have been published as post cards for the Saratoga-North Creek Railway. He also had a train photograph of his printed on the cover page of a 2010 issue of Amtrak Magazine.
So far, the Warrensburg post cards Klingler’s created include one featuring a photo of the Floyd Bennett Memorial Bandstand festooned in Memorial Day bunting, another of the Grist Mill Restaurant hanging over a bank of the Schroon River, a third of a green glade bordered by a split rail fence near the Warrensburg Fish Hatchery. This group also includes one of a locomotive chugging up the track in Thurman, plus a farm scene near Tripp Lake – both with blazing fall colors.
Klingler, who’s already decorated the town’s website with his scenic photos, said he’s happy to promote Warrensburg and help many other people recognize that a lot of beautiful local scenes exist.
“There are a lot of ‘hidden treasures’ here in Warrensburg,” he said.
Teresa Whalen of Warrensburgh Beautification praised Klingler for his work to promote the beauty of Warrensburg.
“It’s a great idea that’s he’s capturing the current landscape, including the restored buildings and our improving streetscape,” she said, noting that the last time she saw Warrensburg postcards on sale was when a rack of yellowed cards stood in L.D.’s Drug Store many years ago. “Greg’s new photos are beautiful.”
Warrensburg Supervisor said he’s heard a request that Klingler’s post cards be offered for sale at the town hall, an idea that would have to be approved by the town board, he added.
“Greg is doing a wonderful job in capturing lovely scenes around town,” he said, noting the cards would make welcome gifts for people who have moved away. “His post cards will be a wonderful addition to Warrensburg — and hopefully people will respond and and purchase them.”