Frederick Douglass Photo

Next Tuesday, WXXI-TV (channel 21) is showing a 1/2 hour documentary on how a previously unknown photo of Frederick Douglass was found in the Rochester Public Library.The historic photo was found while inspecting scrapbooks in the RPL collection. The documentary investigates the mystery surrounding this unique image, reveals details about the interesting life of the …

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Top Hit Songs of 1967 – #2

The Buckinghams hit the top of the charts in 1967 with “Kind of A Drag.”It was the number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 record chart for the weeks of Feb. 12 – 25, 1967. This was the group’s only number one hit, although they did have some other hits that came close to …

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Wilkinson Scrapbook Article – #16

In this article from William Wilkinson’s scrapbook “One Hundred Great and Near-Great Events, Person and Places in Rochester History” (1947) he writes about the George Eastman memorial. That is on the west side of Lake Avenue just north of Ridge Road. It is outside the fence around Eastman Business Park (formerly Kodak Park) so you …

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Old News Special – Geo. Washington’s Birthday

George Washington was born 285 years ago, today. Delegate to the Second Continental Congress from Virginia (1775), Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army (1775 – 1783) and President of the US  (1789 – 1797). He retired to his home at Mount Vernon. The sculpture discussed in the old article is in the Virginia State Capitol in …

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Old News – Odd Fire

One of the advantages of the new compact florescent light bulbs is that they are not as hot as old style light bulbs. THE FAIRPORT HERALD Wednesday, Feb. 21, 1917 BAD BURNS DUE TO CELLULOID COMB Mrs. Ellen O’Ray of West avenue had an experience Monday evening that might have cost her her life or …

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Old News – Women of NY Ready for War

President Woodrow Wilson won reelection in 1916 in part because he wanted to keep the US out of the war in Europe. Then on Feb. 3, 1917 President Wilson went before Congress to announce that the US was breaking relations with Germany. Congress would declare war on Germany on April 6th. New York State voted …

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1941 Franklin Yearbook

I uploaded the 1941 yearbook for Benjamin Franklin High School in Rochester. The yearbooks that I did for Webster High School had less than 50 seniors per year. This yearbook has 739 seniors graduating. Some of this class was transferred over from the former Washington High School that was close at the end of the …

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