moviues 1928I  was born and raised in Albany, New York.  This blog is my attempt to save scraps of Albany history, mostly in the 20th century, that I fear will otherwise be lost in the mists of time. 

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  1. Mimi Scione · · Reply

    Do you have any pictures of Muhlfelder’s old costume jewelry? I think I have an old piece.

    1. Mo I don’t have pictures Muhlfelder’s must have sold tens of thousands of pieces of costume jewelry. I have at least 100 pieces. Costume jewelry, unless it is signed by a major designer, or has a provenance, is merely interesting from an aethetic perspective. A lot of the costume jewelry sold by Muhlfedler’s wasn’t signed, nor do I recall Muhlfeler’s identfying the jewelry as a piece it sold.. unless it has a price tag or is in a specially made box with Muhlfelder’s name.

  2. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the lovely article on my dad, Pat Rocco. He was a true Albanian to the core! I am thrilled that you highlighted his life in such a special way, and I KNOW that he would be most pleased! Wonderfully written, with great and appropriate pics to accompany the article. Thanks, again! 🙂 Steph (Rocco) Galietta

  3. I’d love to hear more about School #4. I grew up on Western Ave, walked to school for years. We were then bussed to School #20 aftyer 6th.; I never really knew why School #4 was decommissioned. I was a little kid when it seemed they were going to tear down the school. My friend and I wanted to get the weather vane! Times have changed so much since the early 60’s, the whole neighborhood was our playground, just “come home when the streetlights come on.”!

  4. I have a December 1935 issue of “Rays of Sunshine” published by the Albany Business College At the Port of Albany, N.Y. Vol. iv No. 12. It is called a “Magazet” by “The Publisher”. I have yet to read through it but plan, too. My husband’s great aunt and uncle lived in Albany in the center square of town in an apt. while he worked for Borden’s. I found it after my husband’s great aunt passed away at 109 yrs. old in January of 2010 and put it away. I just recently came upon it and have begun reading the short stories and/or anecdotes about Christmas and other subjects. Anyway in your group hear of this publication? I am enjoying the few stories/poems I have read thus far. Just wondering what your group may think of this publication. Thank you,

    1. It sounds interesting. I’m thinking you might want to donate to the Pruyn Room of the Albany Public Library.

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