Avery, Snell & Co.

Avery, Snell & Co. began as a crockery store in Amsterdam, NY known as Avery & White in 1874. Mr. Snell bought out Mr. White, and removed the wholesale department to Schenectady, leaving the retailing in Amsterdam. Presumably they branched beyond crockery; in 1878 they were listed as a dealer in bicycles as well. The …

The Argus Company

The Argus was one of Albany’s prominent newspapers and publishing houses for decades. In addition to publishing The Argus since 1813, they printed numerous other publications and provided general printing, binding, electrotyping and stereotyping service. (How many people refer to a “stereotype” every day without knowing what one is? And without knowing that “cliché” shares …

Aerated Bread

Some academic collections serve a maddeningly singular purpose, but in this case that purpose serves Hoxsie well. Within Columbia University’s Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library resides The Biggert Collection of Architectural Vignettes on Commercial Stationery. Luckily for us, this fascination with architectural vignettes produces some magnificent reminders of historical buildings in the Capital District. …

War stories

In journalism school, we always referred to tales of ink-stained wretches and newspapers gone by told by our professors as “war stories.” But a teacher of French at the Albany Female Academy in the 1830s had some real war stories to tell: General Henri La Fayette Villaume Ducoudray Holstein. He was a native of Germany …