Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Flag Day 1973

Unfortunately my scanner software isn't working, and I only got to see the beginning of the Flag Day Parade this year, but I thought I would try to have some photo-phun with these old snapshots I found a few years ago at the Watnot Shop. (Click to enlarge)
Seven photos taken on Flag Day in 1973; all near the corner of 5th and Warren.
In 1973 the parade still headed up Warren Street rather than down, 

and there was primo seating atop what is now the Nolita Cafe.


Here's a then-and-now composite showing south side of 5th and Warren; none of the buildings in top photo are there now.

                                    Looking east up Warren, 500 block

Who is this young couple?
...and where are they now?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Ebay Alert: The Roylton Motel and Lounge

Ca 1960

A vintage postcard of the Roylton Motel (currently the Warren Inn)
is up for auction on ebay, here.  Bidding starts at 99cents and auction ends April 8th.  (Note- The seller has it mispelled as "Royalton".)

Here's a matchbook cover from the same era:

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

FDR in Hudson


Today is Franklin Delano Roosevelt's birthday--which reminded me I've been meaning to share this photograph, taken of him in Hudson, in his last year as Governor of New York.
The FASNY Firemen's Home was built around 1900, so this 1932 "dedication" was likely that of the Memorial Hospital, which was added that year.
This old post card shows the original Firemen's Home on the left, and what I assume is the hospital addition on the right.   Roosevelt seems to be standing on a platform (and leaning on an armchair) between the two buildings.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Ebay Alert: 1924 Ginger Ale Bottling Plant Photo

Ebay auction ending this Thursday: a Rowles Studio interior photo of the Ginger Ale bottling plant in Hudson, NY , ca 1924.  See the entire photo and details  HERE  .

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Hudson Factory Conditions, a Hundred Years Ago

I found this cardboard box lid in an antique center last week.

It caught my eye because it was workwear related, and workwear is a highly collectible genre of vintage clothing.  But when I also noticed it was marked "Union Mills, Hudson, NY", I sprung for the $3 and brought it home.

Googling led me to the New York State Archives website, where there was a page about fire safety investigations that were launched all over New York after the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in March of 1911.

This is one of the three interior photos of Union Mills, Hudson New York,  taken sometime between 1911-1915.
It shows the plant on Washington Street, which is probably the building we know today as the pocketbook factory. 

 Other photos of Union Mills, Hudson, give locations on Fulton Street (the northern Front Street mill building?) including the one of the girl working five feet away from foul-smelling water closets.

All three pictures in their entirety--with their details --can be found

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

CLC Plan for Furgary Site and North Bay

This is page 12 of the current Columbia Land Conservancy magazine, which I happened upon earlier this week at the information kiosk at High Falls in Philmont.
The red text at the top of the page reads: "As part of the CLC plan, interpretive programs would educate visitors about the varied ecosystems and history of the area...."
Oh, the irony---tearing down the 150 year old fishing/boating village to teach history --- and placing "Kayak/Canoe access" there, even though we already have a Kayak/Canoe launch at Hudson's waterfront Park. (Oh and let's not forget all the Visitor Parking, for the people who want to hike on the old landfill mound.)
The petition is here. My photos of the Boat Club are here. The boat club will welcome visitors this Saturday from 1-6 pm. Have a safe and Happy Fourth of July.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

316-318 Warren Street, about a hundred years ago.

There are some excellent sleuths over in the "You're Probably from Hudson.." facebook group.    Becky, Joan, Cheryl... and more.  And, if you're into Hudson nostalgia from just about any era, it's definitely the place to hang out and reminisce.
  I check in often to see what pops up in the "I've never seen that old photo before!" category.
 This morning I woke up to a wonderful antique photo Cheryl had discovered on a website devoted to collecting and identifying antique cars and trucks, called Hemming's Blog.
It is the Reutenaur's Bakery at 318 Warren Street, some time around 1910-1915.   Go to the website to view it in greater detail;  there is also a wonderful interior shot,  complete with the family posed in the store, and loaves of bread on the counter.....CLICK HERE.

Here is the same location as it appears today.  Rural Residence stands at far left and Kennedy Fried Chicken is far right.

(Thank You, Cheryl B., for discovering these, and to Daniel Strohl, who posted them!.)