Kodak History Notes – Knocking Down Buildings

Just last Thursday I took the picture on the right of another building being knocked down at Eastman Business Park (formerly Kodak Park). It is building 53 and it is along Eastman Ave. where there is a dead end at an almost empty parking lot. Click on the picture to see a larger version of …

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WDYTYA – Melissa Etheridge

The episode of Who Do Think You Are? (WDYTYA) that airs on April 26th is the last one of this season. Profiled on this episode is Melissa Etheridge, the singer-songwriter and guitarist. Melissa goes on a journey to uncover her father’s maternal roots. She finds French Canadian ancestors who were embroiled in a bitter lawsuit against …

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Lakes Country – Arch Merrill

I scanned Arch Merrill’s book “The Lakes Country” from 1944. In this, his third book, he tours around most of the Finger Lakes here in NY State. He visits Conesus Lake, Hemlock Lake, Canadice Lake, Honeoye Lake, Canandaigua Lake, Seneca Lake and Keuka Lake. He also writes about Canandaigua, Watkins Glen, Geneva and even Sampson …

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Old News – Editorials

The Erie Canal is opening for the season. It has been expanded and the new name is the Barge Canal but most everyone still referred to as the Erie. THE FAIRPORT HERALD Wednesday, April 21, 1915 EDITORIAL COMMENT The “Raging Erie,” according to the official announcement of Superintendent of Public Works Wotherspoon, will be in …

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NY State Historical Newspapers Website

The NY State Historical Newspapers is  a website that  contains about 3,700,000 newspaper pages scanned by libraries throughout the state. At one time each region in NY State had their own website but now they all have been combined. Best of all it is absolutely free. From the main page you can click on a …

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Kodak History Notes – Velox Paper

Velox photographic paper was the first to require a chemical solution to develop the prints. It was invented by Leo Baekeland in 1893. He is better known for his invention in 1907 of Bakelite plastic. In 1899 Baekeland and his business partners sold their company that produced the paper to Eastman Kodak for $750,000. Velox …

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WDYTYA – Bill Paxton

Actor Bill Paxton will be searching his paternal line on the next episode of Who Do Think You Are? (WDYTYA). He begins by solving a long-standing mystery by determining that he is related to Texas hero Sam Houston. What is amazing is that Bill is portraying him in a mini-series (Texas Rising) starting out late …

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Old News – Brockport Bridge

A long article about the lift bridge over the Erie Canal being built on Main Street in Brockport. Although the bridge has had some re-builds over the years, it basically looks the same as it was 100 years ago when it was finished. THE BROCKPORT REPUBLIC Thursday, April 15, 1915 THE NEW MAIN STREET BRIDGE …

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Talk on George Eastman

This Tuesday night there is a talk at a meeting of the Greece Historical Society titled “Philanthropy With a Purpose – a Look at What George Eastman Supported” by Kathy Connor. This will deal with George Eastman’s philosophy of giving and how it changed and evolved over his lifetime.  It will highlight the way he …

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Top Songs of 1965; #8

The next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1965 was “I’m Telling You Now” by Freddie and the Dreamers. The song was written by Freddie (yes, that Freddie) Garrity and Mitch Murray. Although the group had other songs that were popular, this was the only song that went to #1 in …

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