Upcoming Genealogy on TV

“Who Do You Think You Are?” will be returning for a short summer season on July 29th on the TLC channel. From press releases these celebrities will be looking for their ancestors: Tom Bergeron, who is aware of his French Canadian roots on his paternal side, but wants to know what brought his ancestors to …

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Old News – Zeppelin Shot Down

This is the story of the first Zeppelin dirigible being shot down. The pilot was actually born in India but his family was living in Canada at the start of WWI. What the news story doesn’t mention is that Warneford died on June 17th, before this story was published. He was ferrying an airplane with …

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Old News – Boy’s Band

The State Industrial School referred in this article dates back to 1846 when it was created as the Western House of Refuge (in Rochester) to house juvenile criminals. Then in 1850 it was decided to also send juveniles to W. H. of R. for crimes as minor as vagrancy. By 1855 there was a capacity …

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Top Songs of 1965 – #14

“I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” by The Four Tops was the next song to go to the top of the record charts in 1965. The group (Levi Stubbs, Abdul “Duke” Fakir, Renaldo “Obie” Benson and Lawrence Payton) had been together since High School but originally had served as a back-up group. In …

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Honor for Eastman House

Today the George Eastman House was recognized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) as a historic engineering landmark. This honor is in recognition for their  collection of photographic and cinematographic materials. They have a complete set-up from the 1850s featuring a daguerreotype camera that is signed by Louis Daguerre. There is an original …

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Kodak History Notes – Kodachrome

One of the most successful products that Eastman Kodak ever sold was their Kodachrome film. It was first produced in 1935 as movie film but the next year it began being sold as 35mm slide film. For many years it was used for professional color photography, especially for images intended for publication in print. In …

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Old News – Auto Accident

Even after a hundred years kids are still getting hurt by running into the road without looking. At least in this early case little Miss Peglow was able to survive without any permanent injuries. The article doesn’t say what the speed limit in Fairport was at that time. I would imagine it was probably only …

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