Albany

The Cans Opened.

Can’t resist another ad from Thepure Baking Powder Company. Hoxsie agrees that ladies should know which baking powder retains its strength until used, and that the housewives of the land are fit to decide upon the proper course to pursue. 8.33 percent more leavening gas than the Royal! How much leavening gas would your baking …

Piano City

Had I mentioned that Albany was once the Piano City? I thought I might have. Once or twice. This ad from 1899 features only two of the numerous piano companies that operated here through the years, of which Boardman & Gray was the most prominent. The Lumber District may as well have been the Piano …

Hoxsie!

Another wonderful ad from Hoxsie! George W. Hoxsie, “The Genuine Original,” ran the largest bottling establishment outside of New York (well, if it weren’t true he couldn’t print it, right?) at 25 Hamilton Street in Albany. That’s either the land of parking lots now, or it’s just possible that the Hoxsie bottling plant still stands. …

Joel Munsell

It’s not possible to be interested in Albany history and not to owe a debt of gratitude to Joel Munsell. He was a Massachusetts native who came to Albany in 1827 and established himself as a printer and publisher. In 1850 he began the publication of his “Annals of Albany,” which along with numerous other …

Albany Beef

In my experience, no one who has ordered a fish dinner in Albany, least of all someone who has ordered it in a pleasant riverside setting, appreciates being reminded that sturgeon were once so plentiful and such an important part of the food supply that they were referred to without irony as “Albany Beef,” nor …