I received a note form this nice man asking if I wanted to see photos he took in 1963 of Loch Aerie in Malvern/Frazer (I say Frazer, but others say Malvern.)
He lived here when he was young and his name is George W. Pyle, Jr.
This is what he had to say about the photos, some of which he sent overnight:
These and all of the photos to follow were taken by me around 1963. I found the Loch Aerie Mansion, LLC Facebook page. It is quite interesting. I saw a picture of the new owner (?) with Eugene DiOrio. Mr. DiOrio has a very nice section on Loch Aerie in his book, “Chester County. A Travler’s Album” I believe that book is out of print but I was able to find an excellent copy, #51, signed by Mr. DiOrio, in 1991 at Baldwin’s Book Barn.
The first picture is a higher quality image of the one you already have. The stairs were not carpeted. There were area rugs in the entry way but bare floors on either side of the staircase. Against the wall on the left was a large and heavy mirrored hat and coat rack with holders for canes or umbrellas on either side of a bench seat.
The second picture was taken standing about halfway up the stairs. On the right side are the bell chimes that were used to call the upstairs or downstairs maid or housekeeper. There is a note safety pinned to the back of the chair on the left. There was a ribbon stretched across the arms at one time. The note said the chair was valuable and shouldn’t be used.
Outside the front door was a mat that had a couple pair of large men’s boots on them. Mrs. Reilly said they put them there to give the impression that men were there and not just two older women.
Mr. Pyle also tells me that in the photos, the dark spots are artifacts on the negatives from development. The last two photos are one of his and one of mine. Just to show everyone what time and neglect causes. Mr. Pyle’s photo was 1963. Mine was 2016 from a similar angle.
I will post any others he might send. Thanks for stopping by!