Not long ago, an old matchbook laying on photographer Pablo Iglesias Maurer's desk caught his eye. Or rather, it was the postcard-like picture on it, of a resort complex built in the 1960s. It got Pablo wondering how the then famous landmark looked now, and the answer has led him to make an amazing photo series called Abandoned States.

The vintage photo came with the title How to Run A Successful Golf Course, but when Maurer got to the place, it was clear the owner of Penn Hills Resort didn't follow that advice. He pointed the camera at the abandoned place at roughly the same spot and did a '5-decades-after' shot of the place.

Ever since then, Pablo was hooked. He ordered more 60s photo postcards from eBay and started going around the country, capturing these once beautiful buildings from old photos that now stand abandoned only as faint memories of what once was.

"The vintage postcards, have their own haze—the places were never as nice as they look. I often struggle to get the two images to line up, as well. But time blurs the difference and brings everything into focus."

Check the incredible series of before and after pics below!

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#1

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More of the indoor pool at Grossinger's. The tiled floor was heated, the entire structure air conditioned. Above, beautiful mid-century "sputnik" chandeliers cast a glow on the swimmers below. Below the pool are exercise rooms, a gym, salon and a host of other amenities. The pool has sat vacant since the late 90's and has fallen beyond repair.

Pablo Iglesias Maurer , Bill Bard Associates Report

Daniel da Silva
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3 years ago

Ok, this whole post would be so much better if we had static pictures, not GIFs.

Steve O'Neil
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3 years ago

Yeah annoying but at least it's not the 1 picture per page I hate so much that seem to common on these sites.

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Brigitte
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3 years ago

After 50 years, the pool doesn't look so bad. It's still in one piece and nobody destroyed the windows.

Cherie O
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3 years ago

I wish the pictures would show the "sputnik" chandeliers.

Kjorn
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3 years ago

makes me thinks of Cocoon

sh
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3 years ago

Yes!!

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Mariann Eperjesi-Simms
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3 years ago

The best thing I've ever seen on BoredPanda without a doubt. This was incredible...to have it superimposed like that. It was also made more incredible because my father would take us to the Poconos. I don't think we ever stayed overnite...but we have pictures with us being there next to a large wooden Indian and a huge taxidermied bear.

Susan Levett
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3 years ago

That's very sad, how cool it would be 😞

Sharon Ewing
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2 years ago

So sad .

Jeannie Carle
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3 years ago

I'd like to see side-by-sides - but this is a neat way to do it., too :-)

endelbendel
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3 years ago

Is that Jack Klugman?

Marianne Jablon
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3 years ago

My sister worked as a lifeguard there in 1979. Was such a lovely place once.

Roger Epps
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3 years ago

That's sort of what I've been doing for the past several years. I take pictures of things that have been around for years and then I find pictures of the same things from years ago. Not just parks and things on postcards. Even old convenience stores and gas stations change over the years

Gillian Black
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3 years ago

what an utter waste

IsaHobbit
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3 years ago

Someone should start a petition to the government to restore these pools to their former glory.

Gina Gregory
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3 years ago

They would need to update the who pool for safety issues. The drain especially, cos back in the olden days the drains were big enough kids would get sucked in and drown. It's unsafe.

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framplot
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2 months ago

Thank goodness we've got some clever Gifs to look at, rather than BORING static pics !!

Nicolas S.Xu
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2 years ago

where is this location?

Birma Gustafsson
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3 years ago

I really like to see the change in one single gif. It's so dramatic! Like seeing ghosts.

Linda Abbott
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3 years ago

This is so sad. I remember Grossingers in its heyday. It was a magical place of fun and memories.

Rebekah
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3 years ago

All of these are very: "No one puts Baby in a corner."

Linda Abbott
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3 years ago

Exactly. The whole thing was patterned after Grossingers.

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Beverly Palmacci
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3 years ago

I wish there was more info on what happened that caused the area fall so out of fashion. Why isn't it still frequented as a vacation destination?

Linda Abbott
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3 years ago

There is a lot of information out there. Grossingers and others like it were family summer designations where there were all kinds of activities for different levels and ages. It was like a cruise ship that was land locked. By today's standards, it was very innocent and a little hokey. People want more tech and more spectacle today. These places were all about people to people. Dirty Dancing was patterned after Grossingers and was pretty accurate on activities and even accommodations.

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Bobbirobin
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3 years ago

Superimposing the photo is striking! Love them all!!

Andrei Dima
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3 years ago

The gif is awesome

Frank
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3 years ago

The pool or club was very nice. The people walking around look cool, and better than some public places I've seen. But isn't that the way. I think the gif files look cool, but I wish I could examine the pics some

Marcus Todd
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3 years ago

Noting is so broken that it can't be fixed 😊

Wim Zeeland
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3 years ago

Agree, they do not download well

Robyn Denton
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3 years ago

The pictures change too fast; it's very hard on the eyes. This would have been a terrific post if , as others have said, the pictures had either been a static image that you could click on when you were ready, or if the changeover had been slower. I usually enjoy seeing then-and-now images, but not this one. What a shame.

rick hctep (Rick45)
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3 years ago

As the old comment goes, use it or lose it.

Amelia Edwards
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3 years ago

Might not be reparable as a pool, but it could make a really nifty indoor garden...

Leon Lipschitz
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3 years ago

Add to that every one of these photos are THEN WHERE ARE THE NOW PHOTOS TO COMPARE

William Wenzel
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3 years ago

So sad! Enough to make an old man cry.

Marianne Jablon
Community Member
3 years ago

My sister worked as a lifeguard there in 1979.

Maggie Dougherty
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3 years ago

Good job, Pablo. think the lines are quite clear, and a good eye for detail!!

Melody Lanzatella
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3 years ago

I LIKE the gifs!

Sara Kay
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3 years ago

there is a youtuber who went to this place and film it.

Jon Sheperd
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3 years ago

Sounds like some here need to go take their own photos.

Pi...
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3 years ago

I saw the post in its mid-phase stage and all the ppl looked like ghosts!

Edmon Lagahit
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3 years ago

TIME PAST BY :(

Joel Hamilton
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3 years ago

What most people might not realize is this, the resort failed because it is not off of any major interstate. People have to realize back in the fifties and sixties and even early seventies when all the interstates were being built some of these Resorts were still clinging to life, but as soon as the interstates were built these Resorts started to fail. I will say this though now the amazing thing is people are trying to be retro and they don't want to do what's on the norm like Resorts along the interstate and so I do not understand why the owner of this property does not want to revamp it because if he did at this time it would be a major hit

Scott Johnson
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3 years ago

The heated floors and the A/C were in a constant state of war.

Kirsten Lee
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3 years ago

one of my favorite youtubers went there Exploring With Josh check him out and send him love please!

CatShatBrix
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3 years ago

The place has changed a lot!

Hester Goldberg
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3 years ago

I totally disagree :-)

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3 years ago

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Dean Dowdy
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3 years ago

How do you see today's pictures? I only see the originals

Michelle Smith
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3 years ago

You can click on the picture and it should change to what it looks like today.

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Robert Bailey
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3 years ago

where is this that would have "sputnik" chandeliers? Russia?

Robert Bailey
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3 years ago

Disregard

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#2

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Grossinger's outdoor pool, olympic sized, built in 1949 at a cost of $400,000 (about $5 million in today's market.) Long gone are the private cabanas, changing room and lounges that used to surround it.

Pablo Iglesias Maurer , Bill Bard Associates Report

Andrew Gibb
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3 years ago

it is returning to nature - not all bad

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#3

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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.

Pablo Iglesias Maurer , Kardmasters Report

Bina Acharya
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3 years ago

wow those drawers or cupboards are still at the same place.. hmm

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#4

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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 resort closed in the mid-2000's but lived on briefly, first as a Hasidic resort and lastly as the site of a summer camp—one which was forced to shut down after the NY Department of Environmental Conservation deemed it uninhabitable.

Pablo Iglesias Maurer , Bill Bard Associates Report

CatShatBrix
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3 years ago

The bowling alley is still intact and functional! Please put it back into use!

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#5

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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. Resort royalty Jenny Grossinger lays out the pitch: "The fun and fresh air people get here at Grossinger's really gives them an appetite. They love all of our food - and a particular favorite is our Grossinger's rye and pumpernickel bread. Now you can get this same healthy, flavorful bread at your local food store. Try a loaf. I'm sure you'll love it."

Pablo Iglesias Maurer , FPC advertising Report

Mixedupste
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3 years ago

Surely and investor or contractor should be buying this and restoring it to it's former glory! look at those beams!! Stunning!

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Pablo Iglesias Maurer , Kardmaster Brochures Report

Agnes Jekyll
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3 years ago

Very cool building! What is it?

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#7

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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."

Pablo Iglesias Maurer , Kardmaster Brochures Report

Caroline Huot
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3 years ago

It now looks sad!

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#8

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After a fire destroyed the main building at this resort in the Poconos, a replacement went up in the early 70's. It is a truly striking sight, a modernist spaceship tucked away deep in the woods.

Pablo Iglesias Maurer , Kardmasters Report

ugaas wiilhoog
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3 years ago

I actually like it, the trees add a charm to it.

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#9

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The indoor pool at Grossinger's, which opened in 1958. Elizabeth Taylor attended the pool's opening, and Florence Chadwick - the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions - took the first dip in it. From Ross Padluck's excellent "Lost Architecture of Paradise": "...The new indoor pool at Grossinger's was the zenith of the Catskills. Nothing quite like it had ever been built, and nothing ever would be again. It represented everything about the Catskills in the 1950s-style: extravagance, luxury, modernism and celebrity."

Pablo Iglesias Maurer , Bill Bard Associates Report

Friedlander Rosenzweig
Community Member
3 years ago

I understand that no one wants to do the summer family resort "thing" anymore, but why wasn't it chopped up and developed into a Hamptons type resort area for the rich and famous? I'm not from the area, but it's still links like a beautiful, scenic place?

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The caption on the back of this Pocono resort's postcard touts this theater as the "resort world's most modern showplace." With a capacity of 1200, it remains splendorous even in disrepair. This postcard is also postmarked, and filled out. "Having a lovely weekend here. All pleasure - only exercise is rowing a boat and playing shuffleboard! Nice to be lady-like and not "rushing" about! We will see you soon."

Pablo Iglesias Maurer , Kardmaster Brochures Report

#PugLife
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3 years ago

That's awesome! It would be the perfect place for a photography project.

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#11

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The cocktail lounge of a now-defunct resort in the Poconos. "Peaceful relaxation - healthful recreation," says the caption on the rear of the card.

Pablo Iglesias Maurer , Kardmaster Brochures Report

DancingToMyself
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3 years ago

A few chairs survived...

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Pablo Iglesias Maurer , H. Rubenstein Report

Liz dJ
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3 years ago

Amazing that the lifeguard's chair still "stands"

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#13

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On the inside of the matchbook, some text: "Swim n' Sun Indoor Swimming Pool at Penn Hills Lodge and Cottages. The Poconos' Finest Modern Resort."

Pablo Iglesias Maurer , Unknown Report

Michelle Stetser
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3 years ago

Who is dumping trash into the pool??? How absolutely disgusting some humans can be. :(

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The Mies van der Rohe-inspired "Jenny G Wing" opened in 1964 and was among the last structures erected at Grossinger's. It was designed by famed architect Morris Lapidus—the man who near single-handedly created the "Miami Modern" look in hotels and, more locally, designed the Capitol Skyline Hotel.

Pablo Iglesias Maurer , Bill Bard and Associates Report

Friedlander Rosenzweig
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3 years ago

Not sure why that building has to go to waste?

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#15

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Stairs lead down to an abandoned theater in the Poconos. The curtain last fell here sometime in the early 90's

Pablo Iglesias Maurer , Kardmasters Report

Ged Maybury
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3 years ago

Somebody turned off those lights for the last time, walked up those stairs, glanced back once, sighed, got into the car and drove away.

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Postcard caption: "Birchwood is the only resort offering three swimming pool facilities, indoor pool, outdoor pool and lake with beach. Pictured here is beautiful Eagle Lake, at the foot of the Village Green. Here couples enjoy the white-sand beach, chaise lounges, bicycle and row boats, and fish off its shores ... Six low-cost all-expense package plans include indoor swimming, airplane rides, movies, bowling, horseback riding, all winter sports and 40 other free activities!" More recently, the hangar at the resort's airstrip served a different purpose: cop killer Eric Frein made the place his home during a weeks-long manhunt and was eventually apprehended just a stone's throw from Eagle Lake.

Pablo Iglesias Maurer , Planned Color Post Cards Report

Andrew Gibb
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3 years ago

Is it weird to want to stay there now for free?

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#17

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A lane attendant at the Homowack lodge in the Catskills.

Pablo Iglesias Maurer , Catskills Institute at Brown University Report

iitchan yanyan
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3 years ago

I thought the guy will still be in the new photo. :)

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#18

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Looking down the side of that same 70's structure. "Ultra-modern building houses the dining room, cocktail lounge, lobbies and offices."

Pablo Iglesias Maurer , Kardmaster Brochures Report

Maeva Dumena
Community Member
3 years ago

This album made me sad. Why were these structures abandoned? Who lost ownership why did no one else claim it? I want a historical accounting.

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A residential building at a Poconos resort sits in disrepair. On the back of the postcard: "Dear Bernie - Don't think we forgot you - but we're having such a grand time that post cards are a chore! This is the life & the place & the people are grand. We couldn't be happier or have more fun. See you soon! Love, Lou & Shiela.

Pablo Iglesias Maurer , Kardmaster Report

Kirsten Lee
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3 years ago

Such a shame to see such beautiful things go to waste these places aren't forgotten and never will be even when nature and things take over it will never be forgotten

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