Buffalo in the ’70s: Can you ID this mystery lady?

By Steve Cichon

It’s a great story which encapsulates the spirit of Buffalo and adds an element of a 45-year-old unsolved mystery.

Do you know this woman? (Buffalo News archives)

Do you know this woman? (Buffalo News archives)

You can read the story below. A rude cab driver almost ruined a Canadian couple’s weekend in Buffalo, but kindness from a police officer, a liquor store clerk, a parking garage attendant, and the woman in the photo above.


The photo was apparently taken along the polished stone wall outside the downtown library, and the reflection appears to show the Lafayette Hotel. There’s also a passenger, again apparently male, eating a sandwich.


Judging by the editor’s note accompanying the photo in The News library, she was never identified when the story first ran in 1971. Maybe now, with the help of the Internet, this citizen of the City of Good Neighbors might be given her just due?

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Steve Cichon

Steve Cichon writes about Buffalo’s pop culture history. His stories of Buffalo's past have appeared more than 1600 times in The Buffalo News. He's a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves. Since the earliest days of the internet, Cichon's been creating content celebrating the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special. The 25-year veteran of Buffalo radio and television has written five books and curates The Buffalo Stories Archives-- hundreds of thousands of books, images, and audio/visual media which tell the stories of who we are in Western New York.