Albany

Cluett Pianos

In 1898, Cluett & Sons was one of the major piano dealers in a town that could fairly have been called “The Piano City.” (Or so I keep trying to convince people.) But in this ad you can see the onward march of technology, as the piano company was also headquarters for “the wonderful Graphophone. …

Librarian Law

English: New York State Library–Facilities–1880-1900. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The New York State Legislature is somewhat famous for setting forth laws regarding its own conduct that are sometimes a bit more yielding than laws applied to the rest of the public. But no one is above the law of the librarian. The 1855 “Catalogue of the …

Mayor Swinburne

John Swinburne, for whom Albany’s Swinburne Park and New York Harbor’s Swinburne Island are named,  led a life of medical accomplishment — a founder of Albany Hospital as well as of his own private dispensary, a professor at Albany Medical College, a noted expert in what would become forensics, chief medical officer of the Port …