JOHN KEEL: NOT AN AUTHORITY ON ANYTHING

August 17, 2010

“The Great Sea Serpent of Silver Lake, New York”

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Chapter 21 of Strange Creatures from Time and Space is devoted to “The Great Sea Serpent of Silver Lake, New York.”  As readers may recall, John tells the story of an 1855 hoax, in which A. B. Walker, proprietor of the Walker House hotel, and a few co-conspirators, made a rubber lake monster to boost business.  What’s more, it all happened in John’s home town, Perry.

This charming old postcard depicts the inflatable beast — although its actual appearance was probably much less spectacular.

3 Comments »

  1. Nice find!

    Comment by Angela — August 18, 2010 @ 11:50 am

  2. Very cool.

    Comment by John Lacey — August 18, 2010 @ 5:41 pm

  3. Living in Perry New York and growing up I have always known of this sea serpent. When friends and I go out on the lake we joke about if it were real while we all still have the suspicion in our minds. Nice find. It is for sure interesting.

    Comment by McKenzie — February 16, 2011 @ 9:50 pm

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