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Links of the Day:

– New York City released more than 870,000 photographs from its municipal archives, putting them in an online database. The Atlantic compiled some favorites, including this one:

New York City Municipal Archives


Did you know Rochester also has an extensive online database of historical photographs? It’s hosted by the library system. You can get lost searching for landmarks. Check out these images of the Sibley Building. (I suggest doing your own search and browsing the 1940’s window displays, including Toyland!)

Armistice Day




Kids talking to Santa, 1914


Man repairing clock tower, 1910


– Governor Andrew Cuomo likes to call everything he does “historic.”

– Upstate New York is its own state, according to an “invisible boundary map” of American culture.

Researchers looked at cell phone communication, where people relocate, how they vote and what sports team they watch to create the map. They also looked at whether we say “pop” or “soda.” (We are in pop-land.)

For the most part, Upstate is its own territory. Quick, someone tell Joe Robach!

– Corn Hill Landing sits on the site of an old metal factory.

This is why we care about the talking pineapple.

Buffalo has no fashion sense.

5 Responses to Rochester’s Photo Archive

  1. I have spent many hours with Rochester’s photo archives. A few examples of photos I have viewed are from bygone eras, such as 1.) a very active Front Street (shops, street vendors, bars; 2.) flooded Main Street before construction of the Mt. Morris Dam(several feet of water downtown) 3.) protests for women’s rights; 4.) protests against anti-semitism in the U.S. military during World War I. The photo archive is a true treasure!

  2. April 28, 2012 at 4:22 pm Brett McIntosh responds:

    Thanks for writing about these online archives, I had no idea they existed.

  3. R, live link to library’s to Rochester’s photo archive not working and I’m having trouble finding one that’s not a search engine on the lib’s web page.

    Is there a direct link to the archives, and if so, could you post the link or reliven it on the posting?

    I’d like to check it out w/o having to enter search criteria.

    Thanks, Ben C.

  4. February 9, 2014 at 1:10 pm Michael Hellman responds:

    I’m interested in finding a picture of 72 Vienna St, which runs off Joseph Ave. My great grandparents lived there at the time of the 1900 Census.

  5. December 6, 2014 at 3:17 pm Earl Henning responds:

    I am looking for some pics of the ymca on Gibb st from 1957 to when it was torn down. mostly inside but will take any. Great memories of running the track then jumping off of the diving board. any photos are appreciated.
    Sending good vibes home from Tampa.

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