Old News – Ladies’ Fashions

No news story this week; just an interesting ad. Fashion of the day for ladies dictated that they wear those awful tight corsets The corset could be pulled in to create what people thought would be the ideal shape. The ad says that the lady should select her frame to get In the proper fit. …

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Old News – 1917 Auto Show

With news that an auto show was coming, I wanted to see what brand of autos were sold in Rochester in 1917. I checked the 1917 Rochester City directory and found dealers for these cars: Cadillac, Cole, Ford, Hudson, Maxwell, Moline-Knight, Nash, Oldsmobile, Packard, Pierce-Arrow, Reo, Saxon and Studebaker. Out of all of those brands …

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Old News – Autos

In 1917 there still wasn’t any standard for road signs along highways. Then again most highways were still dirt. In the ad, a Ford roadster is selling for $360. In 2017 dollars that would be only about $7000. THE HONEOYE FALLS TIMES Thursday, Jan. 11, 1917 SYSTEM OF WARNING SIGNS In many cities associations are …

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Old News – Fire in Brockport

A big fire in Brockport destroyed much of one of the blocks in the Village in early 1917. THE BROCKPORT REPUBLIC Thursday, Jan. 4, 1917 BENEDICT BLOCK AGAIN ON FIRE. Friday morning about eight o’clock when Joseph Ryan, clerk of the Gordon shoe store opened up for the day he detected a strong odor of …

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Old News – Highlights of 1916

The Honeoye Falls Times dated Dec. 28th 1916 had a full page of news items that happened in that year. I’ve selected just some of them for this blog post. You can see the full page and see all the events that I skipped. Included are a couple of death notices for authors that you …

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Old News – Christmas Fire Safety

These tips for a safe Christmas may be from a hundred years ago but they are still good tips for today, too. THE FAIRPORT HERALD Thursday, Dec. 20, 1916 Don’ts for Christmas Here is the list of don’ts issued by Fire Chief Charles Little of Rochester to guard against loss of property by fire at …

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