Yesterday we had a look at the lovely home of Albert Van Voast Bensen, a prominent local figure in banking, insurance, and paste. Listen, there was a time when you could make a pretty penny in paste, and The Diamond Paste Company of Albany was a prominent supplier. Located at 66 Hamilton Street (now just horrific parking lots), the company was recognized nationally as a manufacturer of flour paste, bookbinders’ paste, dry paste, office paste, paperhangers’ paste, shoemakers’ paste and trunkmakers’ paste.
In 1870, the St. Lawrence Republican (of Ogdensburg) ran a story headed “R.S.V.P., or the Van Rensselaer Skating Park,” and […]
Stare at an old map long enough, and eventually you’ll be faced with a mystery you have to solve. We’ve […]
This panel is from a comic book called “Cliff Merritt Sets the Record Straight,” a production of the Brotherhood of […]
More historic Albany sheet music, the product of historic Albanians. This one (again from the Lester Levy Sheet Music collection […]
Well, here’s another piece of all-Albany sheet music that we just had to share. It’s 1860’s The Wide Awake Quick […]
Our endless search for all things Albany and Troy recently turned up this bit of sheet music from 1856 (courtesy […]