Not just a whistleblower – the story of The Whistler

Imagine, if you will, a radio drama in which the criminal thinks he gets away with it – everybody involved thinks that he got away with it – heck, even the narrator sorta thinks he got away with it – only to have something trip him up in the final moments.  Add some dramatic music,…

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The RCA Victor Record Brushes of New Scotland Avenue

I spent yesterday cleaning up and tossing out things.  And in my “cleaning up and tossing out” endeavors, I came across some local Albany artifacts. Wanna see? These are record brushes.  They were used by electronics stores and audio stores to sweep dust and dirt from phonograph records.  They were branded for various companies, and…

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The Evolution of a Fractured Coin of the Rebellion

I’ve been fascinated by Albany’s Civil War coinage – the scrip and exonumia produced by Albany’s merchants in 1863, when U.S. currency proved scarce. In the past, I’ve blogged about these coins and transactional storefronts – merchants like D.L. Wing and Straight’s Elephantine Shoes and Benjamin & Herrick Fruits, Here’s a blog post from February…

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A return to the “Ladies Entrance” sign

Last year, my model friend Muse posed in front of a distressed sign on North Lake Avenue in Albany.  The picture, Ladies Make Their Own Entrances, later found its way to the Historic Albany Foundation’s BUILT charitable auction. The other day, as I’m testing out some redscale film in my Leica M3 camera (“Leica Green”),…

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A sonic and historic achievement for Solid Rock

Background.  In the winter of 1982-83, I received a cassette tape filled with Australian rock and pop songs, songs by artist I had never heard before – groups like InXs and Midnight Oil and Rose Tattoo and Dragon.  Yeah, got hooked on that stuff pretty quickly. One track on that home-recorded cassette tape, however, stood…

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The Life Saver at the 1968 Reunion

You can prepare and prepare and prepare all day and night for an event. And the last thing you expect – the one thing that could derail your entire event – could happen right then and there. It happened yesterday morning.  And it threatened to screw up an event I was scheduled for that night.…

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The Evolution of Frontier Town, 2018

Regular readers of this blog will know that I have an affinity for the legacy of the long-shuttered amusement park Frontier Town.  The Wild West-themed park, off Exit 29 on the Northway, was a waycool location for fun and adventure. But in recent years, Frontier Town has gone from treasure to eyesore.  The long-shuttered park…

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Please don’t go, Silver Fox Salvage…

Although I understand why this must happen … I wish it wouldn’t. Although I understand the reasons for this notice … I wish there was another option. But unfortunately, Silver Fox Salvage – the parts and supply emporium in Albany’s Warehouse District is now on its final weeks. This Facebook post from last Wednesday sums…

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