1968 Rochester Auto Show

1968-chryslerI 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 ads for 1968 cars in the program but none for any ones from Japan. The American cars in those days were large. You could buy some smaller cars made in Europe some of which were 2-seat sports cars. Gas was cheap then so most people bought the big American cars.

I noticed that there some local car dealerships from 1968 that still exist.

Prices for cars in the program range from $1500 for a Fiat to $3300 for a full size Chrysler 300. Using a cost of living calculator a price of $3300 in 1968 should be about $22,500 now. Which means that the increase of the price of an auto has been larger than the general cost of living increase.

Want to see more old auto show programs? I have the program from 1960 and program from 1962 also online.

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 would have been done by playing a record and trying to keep it synchronized with the movie.


Thursday, Jan. 13, 1916

Transcontinental Telephone Draws Crowds


In The Telephone Review, an account is published of the exhibit of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company which was the most popular feature of the Electric Exposition held recently in New York City. The telephone exhibit brought into actual experience of hundreds of visitors to the show, one of the greatest scientific marvels that has ever been known. Small wonder, then, that the opportunity to learn the main facts in connection with transcontinental telephoning, and actually to hear voices and music from the Pacific Coast, was seized with avidity. The demonstration was given eight times each afternoon and evening, but although the seating capacity of the theater was 104, the kine in waiting before the doors were opened at each performance was far longer than the room could accommodate. Hundreds were turned away and took their places on the new line and waited patiently till the next performance.

A duplicate of the original telephone, a talking moving picture in which Mr. Thomas A. Watson appeared and related the story of the invention and early history of the telephone, another moving picture showing surveyors, construction men and linemen at work building the transcontinental line, showing the country through which it passes, some of the cities, and also the offices through which a transcontinental call is routed; still pictures of the men who conceived and executed this wonder of transmission– Dr. Bell, Mr. T. N. Vail, Mr. J. J. Carty– these things gave the audience a comprehensive understanding of what transcontinental telephony has involved. in the struggle to make it a fact. With this as a background the actual demonstration of the line, which closed the program, came as a move marvelous fact than the imagination could have painted. For like other scientific wonders, the transcontinental telephone line is the more awe-inspiring, the more one knows about it..

Each one of the audience listened as Mr. Henry A. Leslie, the A. T. & T. Company’ representative at its exhibit at the Panama-Pacific Exposition, told the latest news of the big fair. treated the listeners to a little music, and finally let them hear the waves of the Pacific ocean breaking on the California coast, at Cliff House Rocks. While the roar of the waves sounded in their ears, the audiences watched the very scenes whence the sounds were coming. In a beautiful moving picture the breakers were dashing upon the shore at Cliff House and sea-lions were frolicking upon the rocks and in the water, and through the telephone was heard the actual lashing of the Pacific Ocean at that particular spot. The effect was startling and thrilling.

Kodak History Notes – Disc Camera

Camera_Kodak_Disc_4000_with_disc_filmIn 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 putting it in. The cameras were very thin because they used the flat cartridge.

Other manufacturers would also start making cameras that used the disc film. The Kodak cameras were rather expensive for the time. The economy model, the 4000, sold for $67.95. The 6000, which for $89.95, added a built-in lens cover and a lens switch to take close-ups. The 8000 sold for $142.95 and added a self timer and a LCD travel alarm clock.

The film size on the Disc cameras (10x8mm) was about half of that of the 110 size. That resulted in printed photos that were very grainy. Kodak would try to fix that in 1984 by releasing a new film (the VR) along with a new set of cheaper cameras. The photos came out less grainy but still were nowhere as even good as the 110 format. Kodak came out with new models again in 1986. Sales were dropping as people were finding economy cameras using 35mm film made much better photos. The whole Disc camera line was withdrawn in 1990. Kodak kept making Disc film cartridges until Dec. 31, 1999.


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. I can say that they were very elaborate.

Princess Wahletka (spelled with and without hyphens) had a vaudeville act that was like many other mind readers of the time. Some old articles say her father was an Iroquois from Canada and others say the father was from Michigan and moved to Oklahoma where he married a Cherokee woman. Wahletka was supposedly born in Oklahoma. A newspaper article from the 1930s said that Wahletka was touring with her husband Mr. Royal. Then there is a web page that says research in the British Library says that Wahletka was, in fact, a man. I can’t find any references to her after the mid 1930s. It is very doubtful that she was any part Native American.


Thursday, Jan. 6, 1916


Redmen Have Distinguished Guests, Conduct Ceremonies

ad-1916-01-06Monday evening, Ka-Ne-Hoot Tribe Improved Order of Redmen, held their raising of chiefs in their rooms in Bown’s hall, the impressive ceremonies being witnessed by a large assemble age of members of the order, many visitors being present from out of town tribes.

The installing officer was Deputy Great Sachem Beach. He was assisted by a staff composed of one past great sachem and eight past deputy great sachems..

The installing officer and staff were accompanied to the hall by a fife and drum corps from Hi-Ka-Too Tribe of Rochester, lead by Past Sachem Frank Earkai.

Following the exercises of installation, the company was addressed by Deputy Great Sachem Beach, Past Great Sachem Powell and others. A buffet luncheon was then served..

The following is the list of the chiefs raised: Sachem, Charles E. Foulkes; senior sagamore, Benjamin Hoag; chief of the records, George Brown; keeper of the wampum, Martin Fuller; collector of wampum, August Fett; first sannup, Past Sachem Ernest DeMooney; second sannup, Past Sachem Charles Goodnow; guard of forest, H. Arnold; first brave, George Shoemaker; second brave, William Rafoth; third brave, George Rafoth; fourth brave, Ralph Ralph Wilson; first warrior, Past Sachem Claud M. Lumbard; second warrior, Clarence Kleinhenz; third warrior, John Rogan; fourth warrior, Raymond J. Lee.

The entertainment committee announced that there would be a special feature of interest to every member, next Monday evening, and Deputy Great Sachem Beach extended an invitation to Ka-NeHoot Tribe to attend the council fire to be held in Rochester, Wednesday evening, January 19th.

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 the Ontario Repository and Messenger. I did a search for some of my family and found some new items from the D&C.

If you have visited there before, you can limit the search to only see new “hits.” On the bottom of the search box are selections for dates called “File Creation Date.” Change the beginning date to a month or two before your last visit and and the end date can be set to Dec. 2015. Then search. To go back to search all dates, click on “all” and the search dates will disappear.

This is the list of the new newspapers added since May first:

District of Columbia
The Evening Star (Washington); 1894-1965

The Climax (Richmond); 1887-1897
Daily Louisville Democrat; 1855-1862
Farmers Chronicle (Richmond); 1833-1842
Free Christian Commonwealth (Louisville); 1865-1868
The Interior Journal (Standford); 1909-1910
Lexington Observer and Reporter; 1860-1865
Licking Valley Courier (West Liberty); 1917-1922
The Louisville Courier Journal; 1868
Louisville Weekly Courier; 1855-1867
Mount Vernon Signal; 1897-1914
The Mountain Eagle (Whitesburg); 1908
The Oil World (Lexington); 1917-1919
Shelby Sentinel; 1866-1867
Weekly Messenger (Richmond); 1852

New Jersey
Paterson Daily Guardian; 1857-1864

New York
The Catholic Times (Waterloo); 1877-1879
The Christian Herald (Waterloo); 1821-1822
The Day Book (New York); 1852-1860
Deaf-Mutes Journal (New York); 1872-1920
Democrat & Chronicle (Rochester); 1884-1970
New York Daily Express; 1843-1861
New York Journal and American; 1938
New York Journal or the General Advertiser; 1751-1776
New York World-Telegram and the Sun (Brooklyn); 1959-1966
Ontario Respository and Messenger (Canandaigua); 1840-1907
Seneca County Courier (Seneca Falls); 1824-1887
Seneca County News (Waterloo); 1820-1963
Seneca Farmer (Waterloo); 1826-1831
Seneca Observer (Waterloo); 1842-1961
The Statesman & Advertiser for the Country (New York); 1821-1822
Telegram and Mail Classified Salesman (New York); 1924-1925
The Victor Herald; 1891-1992
Waterloo Enunciator; 1822-1823
Waterloo Gazette; 1817-1824

Finding Your Roots, 2016

fyr3-logoThe 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 Ty Burrell from the TV show “Modern Family,”  artist Kara Walker and political strategist Donna Brazile. They will find out if their family stories were correct about their heritage.

“Finding Your Roots” airs on most PBS stations at 8 p.m. (eastern and western times).

1892 University Catalog

rbuI 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 student bank.

The school was on the corner of South Avenue and Court Streets. The school occupied the upper 3 floors of the building. The lower 3 floors of the building were the home of the YMCA. Students at the school also had access to the gym and pool of the YMCA.

At the back of the book is a list of students for the year ending June 1892. I looked for any future businessmen of Rochester but didn’t recognize any of the names. One female student was Adelaide Crapsey. Her husband was Rev. Algernon Crapsey, an Episcopal minister that would be tried for heresy in 1916. Adelaide was an organizer for aid for widows, young mothers and children. She also manufactured children’s clothing so she probably took the business classes to better run that business.

Most of the students at RBU were from western NY but there were a few exceptions. Leopoldo J. and Mauricio Fuente were from Pueblo, Mexico. Maximiliano Sacassa and Alijandro Urcuyo both came all the way from Rivas, Nicaragua to attend RBU. Not sure why those students would come that far to attend RBU.

Rochester Public Library has other years (1873 – 1900) for this University in their stacks. They would change their name to Rochester Business Institute about 1905.