So Philip Schuyler’s statue is leaving … what’s replacing it?

There’s been plenty of discussion regarding what’s going to happen with the statue of Philip Schuyler in downtown Albany.  His history as part of the founding of the city is counterbalanced by his reputation as being one of the largest slaveowners in the area.  So a few days ago, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan announced that…

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The Warner Bros. cartoons that should stay out of circulation

I had thought about this blog post for a while, and I wasn’t really sure how to approach it. In fact, I shelved this blog for a while. Until I heard that HBO Max was bringing back the Warner Bros. cartoon characters in a new iteration of Looney Tunes cartoons. See, in bringing back the…

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The truths and myths of impeachment

Donald Trump was impeached last night.  He is the third President to be impeached.  He is the first President to be impeached in his inaugural term. Now what happens? First off, just because he was impeached doesn’t mean he’s out of office.  He can still show up in the Oval Office today.  Once a President…

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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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