Barney’s EOM Clearance

In 1973, H.S. Barney’s venerable establishment was also lurching to its death. The last of the great Schenectady department stores still west of the canal (Erie Boulevard), it still retained an air of down-at-the-heels class from its days serving the carriage trade, but single-store department stores were on their way out, and downtown department stores …

Wallace’s Good Buys

As mentioned before, downtown Schenectady’s landmark Wallace’s Department Store, closed at the end of 1973. The store  was significant in my personal history, as well, and I spent endless hours there in my youth, seemingly an eternity, while my mother fussed over fabrics. This is one of the final Wallace’s ads. I’m sure a good …

Cluett, Coon & Co.

From Scribner’s magazine in 1890, we have this stylish ad for Cluett’s collars and cuffs for gentlemen. Your choice of the Penokee or Natillo collar, not to mention full dress Monarch shirts in flannel, cheviot, and madras. I sometimes wish shirts still had detachable collars; it’s the first thing to go on a white dress …

Seneca Ray Stoddard

Nims and Knight were successors to Merriam, Moore & Co., who published a variety of things including the famous Franklin Globes from the historic (now, not then) Cannon Building in Troy. Among the offerings of Nims and Knight, as advertised in Scribner’s magazine in 1890, were a variety of books depicting the beauties of the …

A Day in Albany

From the “Albany Tourist’s Handy Guide,” by John D. Whish, 1900: A Day in AlbanyFor the leisurely traveler, a day or more in Albany offers many pleasures. If a general sight-seer, he can walk about a bit — probably to the best advantage on Broadway, State and Pearl streets — which will give an idea …