Echoes of Pine Hills/Madison Ave Albany NY

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Corner of Madison and Partridge c 1973
Dutch Oven Bakery   1938
Dutch Oven Bakery 1938
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Lake and Madison c 1920s

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School 4 Madison and Ontario
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c. 1953
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Madison looking east near Ontario, Vincentian on right and School 4 on left
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1950s

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Steamer 10
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1940s
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1967
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c. 1955
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early 1950s
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Mike Flanagan.. second owner of Petit Paris Restaurant mid 1960s and musician extraordinaire.
The Westerly Apts.. S. Main Ave.  Constructed in the early 1900s
The Westerly Apts.. S. Main Ave. Constructed in the early 1900s
The Betty Schuyler Restaurant
The Betty Schuyler Restaurant 1940s

 

Joe's Maitre'D
Joe’s Maitre’D
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c 1959
Madison between Quail and Ontario, north side c 1973

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Service station/Garage corner of W.Lawrence and Madison 1930s

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Walter's  c. 1958
Walter’s c. 1958

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Muhlfelder’s Albany NY

Muhlfelder’s was a woman’s clothing store on North Pearl Street in downtown Albany. It was established in the early 1900’s, and closed the early 1970’s. It was  known  for good quality, moderate to expensive clothing.  It was one of the few clothing stores that had an extensive cosmetics department, as well as excellent costume jewelry and hats.

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1955

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Easter Bonnets/Hats Albany NY

David’s 1948

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Chic Hat Shop 1966

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Montgomery Wards  1943

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Nussbaum and Livingston 1920

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Spurburg’s  1936

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Muhlfelder’s 1945

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Muhlfelder’s 1914

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Myer’s 1967

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Honigsbaum’s 1940

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Muhlfelder’s  1958

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Muhlfelder’s 1948

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Myer’s 1951

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Flah’s 1958

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Muhlfelder’s  1914

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Grace Merrit  1927

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Myer’s 1961

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JoBelle  1941

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Flah’s 1961

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Muhlfelder’s 1960

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Honigsbaum’s 1962

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David’s Clothing Store Albany NY

DAVID’S   was a major woman’s clothing store on North Pearl St. in downtown Albany established  in 1929. In the early 1960’s it opened a second location in Latham, NY.  A third location was opened in Colonie Center.  The Albany location  finally closed in the early 1970’s, as did the Latham  location.  The Colonie Center location closed in the early 1980’s. 

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Muskrat Love …

Albany’s fortune was founded on the fur trade in the early 1600′s.  There was an abundance of beaver, highly sought after for fashionable beaver hats in  Europe.  So much so that Albany was incorporated as “Beverwyck” (loosely translates  from Dutch to “Beaverville”) in 1652 . By the early 1900′s, however, the beaver population had been harvested in New York State almost to the point of extinction.

It was about that time that the middle class, with disposable income, began to grow. Fur coats become status symbols as a result of silent films. Glamorous films stars wore fur on and off screen. There was nothing more chic than a fur, except for a diamonds.  Furs  were  aspirational    Albany  women were no exception   The demand for fur coats increased.  Sable and mink were far too expensive for most consumers, so other furs were used.  Raccoon coats caught on, especially among students on college campuses. The raccoon coat is the iconic symbol of the roaring  ’20s.  And then came the Depression . 

Women still wanted fur coats .. symbols of sex and glamour, but they were also practical. Nothing was warmer in the harsh northeast winters.   While the financial crisis had an impact in Albany, it and the surrounding areas were not devastated.  As the State Capital, it had many government workers. Federal money flowed into the home state of Roosevelt and the city in which he had lived for so many years while he was in the State Legislature and the Executive Mansion.  The demand for fur flourished.

There were dozens of furriers in Albany in the 1930′s – many of whom had been plying their trade for generations in the city, but most were foreign born – immigrants who migrated here in the late 19th and early 20th centuries from Europe and Russia.  They had skills and talent.  So they turned to other furs.  ”Jap Mink” fur coats were a hot commodity in the 1930’s.  Japanese mink is actually a form of light colored weasel with a bushy thick coat that could be dyed to mimic natural mink. Seal skin was water repellent, great for snowy winters, but doesn’t have a lush pelt.  Fox was a popular, less costly fur, as was squirrel.  But one thing Albany did have was muskrats.  Muskrats galore; an embarrassment of muskrats.  (And still has, even today.)  Muskrat pelts were durable and fairly waterproof. And in the Depression, there were plenty of people willing to trap the wily muskrat for extra money.

Then came World War II, and no one wanted to buy “Jap” anything. With so many more women working, and with larger incomes, fur coats were still in great demand.  And muskrats still ruled in Albany. Local furriers ran ads everyday offering to pay the “highest prices” for muskrat skins.

After the War ended, women still wanted to buy fur; throughout the late 40’s and into the early 1950’s. But by the middle of the 1950’s, demand in general, and in Albany  in particular, dropped.  Dior’s “New Look”, launched in 1947 meant fuller, longer skirts with a nipped, defined waist.   Even the best furriers found it difficult to tailor fur coats for these clothes.  When they did, they were expensive.   And women now wanted mink.. mink anything.

The day of the Muskrat was over – even in Albany.

1928

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1933

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1941

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1945

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1947

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1951

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