1968 Rochester Auto Show

I just got through uploading a program book for the 1968 Rochester Auto Show. This says that it was the 51st annual auto show held in Rochester. I those days, auto shows were usually held in January. Now the auto show in Rochester is held in March to stimulate Spring sales. There are many b&w …

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Old News – Transcontinental Telephone

This articles tells of people in NY City being able to hear voices and music from San Francisco. The telephone was patented in 1876 but it took a long time to connect the US. Also in the article, it mentions that people saw a movie with Thomas Watson (Dr. Bell’s assistant) that had sound. This …

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Kodak History Notes – Disc Camera

In 1982 Kodak release a range of cameras that were completely different. The Disc camera had 15 little pieces of film mounted on a disc that would rotate as you took a picture. The film was inside a cartridge that you could only put in the camera one way so you couldn’t make a mistake …

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Old News – Indians ?

The Improved Order of Red Men is a fraternal organization established in 1834 that has rituals and regalia modeled after Native Americans. The organization had a membership of about half a million in 1935, but now has less than 38,000 members. About 15 years ago I saw some of the costumes of the Rochester organization. …

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New Newspapers Added to Fulton History

Fulton History has added more newspapers to the millions of newspaper pages that were already on the website. Now there are over 34 million newspaper pages. Originally all newspapers were from New York State. For this last update there are many newspapers from New York State including Rochester’s Democrat & Chronicle and theĀ Ontario Repository and …

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Finding Your Roots, 2016

The PBS series “Finding Your Roots” returns for four weeks starting tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 5th. This is the series from Prof. Louis Henry Gates, Jr. from Harvard. He compares people of different background and finds what they have in common. The series is noted for using a lot of DNA information. The first episode features …

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1892 University Catalog

I scanned the 1892-3 catalog of the Williams & Rogers’ Rochester Business University (128 pages). This was a school that taught bookkeeping, shorthand, typing and other business skills. I wouldn’t have been able to make it through their coarse as they also had classes in penmanship and I write terrible. The school also had a …

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