Buffalo in the ’20s: Elbert Hubbard’s Ali Baba, East Aurora’s village philosopher

By Steve Cichon

Anson Blackman was a farmer and horseman, born in Marilla and later working the East Aurora stables of CJ Hamlin. He was a heavily bearded gentle old man who was a friend to small children and animals.

Roycroft founder Elbert Hubbard hired the unlettered farmhand him to take care of the horses and do handiwork for his burgeoning Arts & Crafts community in East Aurora. Blackman’s job grew to include picking up visitors at the train station, sometimes in an ox cart. It was all a part of “the buildup” for what people might expect at Roycroft, and what would pass as marketing today.

Blackman also helped care for Hubbard’s kids—who when small called him Baba. After filling his pipe with another man’s tobacco, Blackman earned the nickname “Ali” Baba, as taken from the Forty Thieves story. Hubbard began writing about Ali Baba as a sage and salty philosopher, and Blackman’s responsibilities grew from taking care of the animals to being a personal valet and travel companion for Hubbard, who mixed Blackman’s earthy image with plenty of his own thoughts making the character a sort of Hubbard alter ego. Ali Baba appeared on Roycroft postcards, and was a constant presence on the campus for more than three decades.

The tales of Ali Baba first started appearing in print in the 1890s. By the time this photo appeared in The News in 1922, Blackman was world-renown, and throwback to an earlier halcyon time at the East Aurora campus.

Buffalo Stories Archives

Well into his 80s, Blackman was a familiar face in East Aurora, and sought out by visitors. In 1924, The News said he “exemplified the Roycroft spirit.”

Ali does all the talking, you merely listen. He takes you info his den and shows you pictures of the early Roycrofters, the Hubbard family, letters and pictures that men and women famous in art and literature have given him.

One minute he tells you Elbert Hubbard in writing that book has made a burlesque of his life. The next he readily admits he actually said all the quaint bits of philosophy Fra Albertus attributed to him.

Another News article described him this way:

Ali Baba is a great man. There is some reason to believe he regards himself, and not without reason perhaps, as the only sane man associated with the Roycrofters. He was Hubbard’s hired man in the early days of the stock farm. He is a hard headed, broad shouldered, grizzled farmer on whom has grown a great sense of responsibility as he has pondered on the seeming irresponsibility with which he is surrounded.

It’s difficult to parse the Hubbard created anecdotes and the actual item as far as Ali Baba is concerned, a look one story in particular, shared at the time of his death, offers a look at the rough-hewn charm of the real man.

“One day as he was busy around the plant a nice elderly lady came up to him and adjusting her eyeglasses looked “Ali Baba” over and asked: “My good man, will you please tell me what denomination this church is?”

“Baba” whirled around, nettled at such crass ignorance, and exclaimed, “Holy smoke, misses! This ain’t no church. This place does more good than all the dam churches in town—this is the Roycroft Shop!”

Buffalo in the ’20s: The Polish colony ‘out Broadway’

By Steve Cichon

In 1923, there were 181,300 people of Polish extraction living “out Broadway”— the shorthand for what many in Buffalo proper also called “the Polish Colony,” metaphorically centered by St. Stanislaus Church and the Broadway/Fillmore intersection.

The author’s great grandparents were a typical Polish immigrant family in Buffalo in the 1920s. He worked as a laborer for Schoellkopf Chemical (later National Aniline), she ran the home they were able to save enough to buy in 1922, after less than ten years in this country. Aside from their ten children, the small house on Fulton Street was also home to boarders and extended family.

For the rest of the half-million plus people who lived in Buffalo, the Polish were at best a very foreign group whose language and customs seemed swathed in mystery. At worst, the Polish were a hard-working but lesser people who – aside from laboring in factories, mills and foundries – were best to stay in “Polacktown, where there are more children in the streets than in the yards.”

“Trouble in Polacktown” Buffalo Evening News front page, 1883. Buffalo Stories archives

Beth Stewart was among Buffalo’s first female newspaper reporters and later became a feature reporter for the Courier-Express. She married fellow Courier reporter Gordon Hollyer and served as the public relations director for the YMCA through most of the 1950s and ’60s.

St. Stanislaus was established in 1874 with a simple wooden church. The landmark Onondaga limestone structure standing today was built in 1886.

Among her first series of feature reports was a three-part series on “the large and growing Polish colony of Buffalo.” It was a sympathetic and celebratory look at Buffalo’s Polonia, giving many outside the Polish neighborhoods their first opportunity to have a comprehensive understanding of how their Buffalo neighbors lived.

The Polish people were without their own nation for the entire 19th century. Poland was carved up between the Prussian, Russian and Austro-Hungarian Empires.

The first big wave of Polish immigrants to Buffalo came from Prussian Germany after Chancellor Otto von Bismarck made it more difficult for the Roman Catholic ethnic Poles to freely practice their religion.

A wave of Poles from the Austrian province of Galicia started coming to Buffalo in 1882. Russian Poles started arriving en masse in 1905.

Buffalo’s first Polish councilman and later assemblyman James Rozan remembered coming to Buffalo as a boy in 1872. His family was one of a dozen or living in the mostly German Fruit Belt neighborhood.

Fourteen years later, when St. Stanislaus church was built at Peckham and Townsend Streets as Buffalo’s first Polish church in 1886, there were 19,000 Poles in the city, mostly living near St. Stan’s.

By 1923, there were 27 Polish churches for the roughly 380,000 Poles spread across the East Side, Black Rock, Elk Street, Seneca Street, Lackawanna, Dunkirk, Niagara Falls, North Tonawanda, Cheektowaga and Depew.

Without much explanation other than just printing the Polish names without translation, Stewart wrote that the larger Polish community, first built around St. Stan’s, was further split into seven communities that would be readily understood by those who lived among them.

The community in and around St. John Kanty was called Kantowo.

The first was Stanislawowo—members of St. Stanislaus Church. Then was Kantowo, from parishioners of St. John Kanty. Members of St. Adalbert’s were from Wojciechowo, Pietrowo was made up of the members of Holy Apostles Ss. Peter and Paul Church at Clinton and Smith.

St. Casimir’s in Kaisertown made up Kazimierzowo. The community surrounding St. John Gualbert in Cheektowaga was Gwalbertowo. Black Rock was directly translated into Polish as Czarna Skala.

But however far-flung, Broadway and Fillmore remained “the Polish Main Street and Delaware Avenue” for Buffalo’s Polish population. The business district there was equivalent to the main street of a mid-sized northeast city. Polonia boasted 2,930 Polish-owned businesses and 14 community banks.

Right at that intersection was the building created as a hub of Polonia-wide activity. Translated, Dom Polski means “Polish home.” The substantial edifice opened as “The Polish Literary and Assembly Rooms Association, Inc” in 1889, replacing a refashioned barn used for the same purpose for at least a decade before.

Rather than an organization itself, the Dom Polski was the home of the Polish library and fraternal groups like Kolko Polek—the Polish Women’s Circle, Polskich Krawcow—the Polish Tailors, Sokol Polski—The Polish Falcons, Szewcy Polski—The Polish Shoemakers, and the Polish National Alliance.

The Kaisertown Polish community which centered around St. Casimir Church was called Kazimierzowo.

It was a place on a Sunday night where you might find a half-dozen small family dinner parties in the different rooms and men smoking and playing billiards in the library. It was the Polish equivalent of the clubs on Delaware Avenue which routinely denied membership to most Polish-Americans past the middle of the twentieth century.

Much like their uptown counterparts, the members of the various clubs of the Dom Polski worked together to make their community a better place. One such effort was lobbying for a high school for the 6,000 Polish-American children in the Buffalo School system in 1923. They were fighting against the notion that the educational needs of Polish-Americans could be addressed by the city’s vocational schools. In 1926, East High School opened to serve the children of East Buffalo.

East High School, 1930s. Buffalo Stories archives

One of the amplified voices of Buffalo’s Polish population was “Everybody’s Daily,” a Polish newspaper with a circulation of 26,000.

“The paper is a force in the colony,” wrote Stewart. “It has enemies and many friends. It proclaims a policy of honest advertising. It fights for community interests—civic, political, educational, and religious.”

One still familiar institution is the Adam Mickiewicz Literary and Dramatic Circle. It still survives on Fillmore Avenue, but it was once one of many such organizations. Singing societies were also a popular element of Buffalo’s Polonia population in the mid-1920s, and one through which a greater number of Buffalonians were introduced to some Polish customs.

The Aleksander Fredro Literary and Dramatic Circle was a Mickiewicz-like group in Kaisertown. The Moniuszko was Polonia’s first singing society, and in 1923, headquartered at 570 Fillmore. The Chopin singers were at Broadway and Lathrop. There were also the Kalina, Lutnia, Lirnik, Harmonia, and Jutrzenka societies among others.

The Poles of 1923 weren’t just joiners of Polish groups—most of Buffalo’s 4,000 Polish-American World War I vets belonged to the American Legion. Adam Plewacki Post 799 was among the city’s “most active and lively posts,” and 98 percent Polish in membership.

The first home of the Plewacki Post was inside “Unia Polksa,” the Polish Union Hall, 765 Fillmore Avenue. Buffalo Stories archives

Plewacki, who lived on Best Street, was the first Buffalonian killed in World War I. The post named in his honor worked to “cultivate the love of American ideals in foreigners,” working to “Americanize” immigrants beyond just proficiency in English.

If Buffalo’s landed class could appreciate anything about the people of Polonia, it was the way that most worked quickly to buy land, and then maintain and improve property once owned.

“Polish colonists are not merely home owners,” wrote Stewart, “they are improvers of communities. A piece of land is more than a commercial investment to the Polish buyer. It is a plot to be made his own, a place where a home may be built and trees and shrubs set out for beauty.”

“Fillmore Avenue, wide and shaded, set off on both sides by neat residences, is proof of the Polish ability to build up attractive communities.”

Clearly, Beth Stewart thought she was writing to an audience that—if they thought anything at all– thought very little of the Polish people. She wrapped up her 20,000 words worth of reporting with a glowing summary of her expedition “out Broadway.”

“The Poles in Buffalo have achieved much of which they may well feel proud. They built up a great and prosperous community—a city within a city.

“They have given to the city of their adoption distinguished professional men, sober industrious workers, artists, gallant soldiers.

“They have added to the beauty of the city turreted churches, dignified homes, and fine public buildings.

“They have borne themselves in a manner which leaves the city no room for regret that one-third of its population once bore allegiance to a foreign land.”

Buffalo Postcards– Hundreds of ’em

By Steve Cichon

A collection of well over 600 Buffalo Postcards.


Court House. From a series of Buffalo drawings from 1855.

Buffalo Light House

Market House

Niagara Railroad Depot

Sherwood House

First Baptist Church- North Street at N.Pearl

Aerial view of Downtown. Notice there is no Convention Center… Genesee Street goes right to Niagara Square without interruption.

Albright Museum & State Teachers College. Look at all those trees… Now parking lots.

Arnholt’s Restaurant, 299 Washington St. opposite the Ellicott Square Building. Now a parking lot.

Arrival of Fire Dept on Genesee St., Fighting fires with horse & buggy.

Baby Furntiture Store, 1294 Hertel Ave

Buffalo Raceway, under the lights

Bisons Base-Ball Park, Offermann Stadium

Broadway& Fillmore Avenues. This intersection is much more the same than many others, Except the donkey and the trolley tracks. This is standing with your back to downtown looking at the Broadway Market.

Broadway Looking West… Nice trolley

The Broadway Market. Note Kleinhans on the front umbrella.

Buffalo Harbor Showing Coal docks

Harbor Scene: Grain Elevators and Steam Ships

Harbor Scene

Harbor Scene: Real photo this time

The Harbor: ladies in a rowboat

The Ship Channel

Two Lighthouses.

1960s Tug Boats, The Oklahoma and the North Carolina in Buffalo Harbor

Entrance to the Harbor

Another Harbor Scene

The Americana: Sailing between Buffalo and Crystal Beach (more in the Crystal Beach section)

Buffalo Yacht Club

The Dakota Elevator

Buffalo Fire Boat in Action

Same card as previous with different coloring… common in old postcards.

Concrete Grain Elevators

Grain Elevators

Jack Knife Bridge, Kellogg Grain Elevator… This is Michigan Ave, just past the new casino heading away from downtown.

Jack Knife Bridge. Given the number of different postcards I’ve seen of this bridge, It must have been impressive in its day

More Jack Knife Bridge

Jack Knife Bridge

Jack Knife Bridge 1950s, a cool later view

The Buffalo Harbor Lighthouse. One of Buffalo’s oldest still-standing structures.

Two Lighthouses. Again, the more familiar one stil stands across the Harbor from the Hatch

Mouth of the Harbor Using the Lighthouse for bearing, the Aud site is out of site just to the right

NYCRR yards near the waterfront. Train tracks criss-crossed the waterfront area.

New Locks. The old Intl RR Bridge.

Buffalo Harbor Stereocard. Stereocards were placed in a binocular-like device and the images would appear.

Unloading Iron Ore

View from the Harbor. That’s St. Joseph’s Cathedral with the twin spires just right of the middle

After the storm of Jan 20, 1907

Yacht Race with the Yacht Club in the background

Entrance to the Harbor

Entrance to Harbor. Real Photo version of previous card

Buffalo Airport. Built in 1939 as a WPA project, it was expanded in 1955, 1961, 1971, and 1977…

Buffalo Airport. This building was replaced in 1997 by the current terminal. The current building is slightly to the west of where this building stood.

Greater Buffalo International Airport. The Name was changed from Buffalo Municipal Airport when the city handed the airport over to the predecessor to the NFTA in 1959. It became the Buffalo Niagara International Airport in 1996.

Original Terminal. This would eventually be known as the “East Terminal,” with a west terminal built in the 70s to alleviate over crowding.

Buffalo General Hospital.

Buffalo State Hospital. Now known as the HH Richardson complex, located on Forest Ave near Elmwood.

Boarding the Americana. The ferry to Crystal Beach left the foot of Main Street. The Aud and the Metro Rail would be in this shot…

Canadiana At Dock. You’d take the Americana or the Canadiana from the foot of Main to the Dock at Crystal Beach

The Americana coming….

And the Canadiana going…

Entrance Midway Entrance. Crystal Beach thrilled the people of Southern Ontario and Western New York from 1888-1989.

Crystal Beach Midway. Despite 70 years difference, the midway didn’t look all that different when it eventually closed.

Arriving at Crystal Beach

The Crystal Beach Pier in winter

Athletic Field at Crystal Beach. The Coaster in the background was known as the Backety-Back.

Bathers on Crystal Beach

Bathers as the Canadiana approaches

Bathers and Boat

1940s view: Bathers and Canadiana

Buffalo’s Coney Island: Crystal Beach. Close up View of the Backety-Back

Two-level Boardwalk and Pier

Union Station Ride

Children Wading

Real Picture card of Customs House. Taken from either Canadiana or Americana

Customs House

Customs House

After the Customs House on the Pier

The Pier. You can see the deck chairs in this shot.

Crystal Beach Divers. This doesn’t appear safe…

Jolly Bathers at Crystal Beach. Notice the cottages along the beach…

Entrance to the Midway

More from the Midway

Midway. This One’s very familiar to me… Even only with memories of the 80s at CB

Another Midway Scene

Again on the Midway

Razzle Dazzle. An Early amusement that looks to be unsafe.

Moonlight on Lake Erie. What a way to end a Crystal Beach date…

Cazenovia Park Casino. The water is no longer there… This side of the building faces the creek

Casino Closeup

Cazenovia Park. This is at the end of the ball diamonds… Basically a bathroom hut as far as I remember it 25 years ago. This is where our grandpa taught my brother and me to “not touch anything” in the public restrooms.

Cazenovia Bridge. This looks alot like the area below the current Cazenovia St. (not Pkwy) Bridge…

Cazenovia Park 1922.

Central Terminal. Here are several views of the building’s exterior…

Central Terminal

Central Terminal

Central Terminal

Central Terminal Cocktail Lounge. Inside the attractive Martin’s Restaurant

Central Terminal Lunch Counters

Central Terminal Main Concourse

Central Terminal Main Entrance

Chamber of Commerce Bldg

Childrens Hospital. Nice Tin Lizzy there…

Chippewa at Delaware. To get this view, stand in Starbucks Parking lot… The rounded building is Bada Bing these days… The Hampton Inn is now across the street.

Chippewa & Main. For this view now, as you drive up Chippewa from the 33 towards the bars, look to the right as you cross the Metro rail tracks. Note the Buffalo Marquee…

Chippewa%2CWashinton%2CGenesee Chippewa, Washinton, & Genesee Sts. This intersection looks as confusing then as it does now. I don’t think any of that clump of buildings is still there… All parking lots or the M&T Building across from TGI Friday’s.

Chippewa Market. The Chippewa Market is now the parking lot across Washington from TGI Fridays.

Chippewa Market. Look for St Michael’s church the next time your stopped at Chippewa and Washington.

Chippewa Market

Chippewa Market

Chippewa Washington Market

City Trust Company Building. Shelton Square, Main at Niagara.

Civic Stadium, aka The Rockpile. Before the second level was added.

Civil War Arch

Civil War Arch Close Up

Clay Robinson Co of East Buffalo

Club 31

Commodore Perry on Lake Erie

Continental Inn

Corner Niagara & Franklin

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Buffalo Country Club

Courier express Birthday Club

Courier Express Bldg (Now the Building houses the Catholic Diocesan Offices

Sheas Theatre on Court St. Condemned to make way for Liberty Building

Sheas on Court Street

CourtSt Sheas

DL&W Terminal

DL&W Terminal

DL&W trolley car

Days Park

Days Park

Deaconess Hopsital 1914

Buffalo Harbor

311 Delaware Ave: Chez Ami

Same Chez Ami image… this one actual photo

Chez Ami back

Chez Ami. Other side of the bar

Delaware Ave Delaware–Buffalo–Park

Delaware–Buffalo–Park Delaware Park

DelawareAve%26North Delaware Ave at North

Delaware Ave Homes

Delaware Ave Homes

Delaware Ave Homes

Delaware Ave At Chippewa

Delaware Ave At Edward

Delaware Ave At Johnson Park. Mayor Johnson’s House is long gone.

Bishop Colton’s House, Now Blessed Sacrament Church’s Rectory, just north of W Utica

Bishop Colton’s House

Bridge Over Delaware Ave. Under Scajaquada Parkway then, now Scajaquada Expressway

Buffalo Club

Buffalo Club

Erie County Jail

Ford Hotel, Delaware at Chippewa.

Hotel Touraine

Hotel Touraine

Delaware Ave at Kenmore

Delaware Ave North From Summer

Delaware Ave North From Summer

Delaware Ave North from North

Temple Beth Zion. This building burned to the ground, the current temple was built down the street.

Wilcox House. President Roosevelt was inaugurated here following President McKinley’s death further up Delaware at the Milburn Home.

Wilcox Mansion

Delaware Ave at North Hotel Lenox

Delaware Park & Art Gallery

Albright Art Gallery Back Steps

Delaware Park & Albright Gallery Cars

DelawarePark & Albright Gallery

Delaware Park Band Concert

Delaware Park Bands

Delaware Park Boys

Delaware Park Bridge

Delaware Park Canoeing

Delaware Park Casino

Delaware Park Casino

Delaware Park Concert Day

Delaware Park David

Delaware Park Delaware Ave Bridge

Delaware Ave Bridge

Delaware Park Elmwood Ave Bridge

Delaware Park Elmwood Bridge

Delaware Park Erza Meeker

Delaware Park Ice skating

Delaware Park Ivy

Delaware Park Ivy

Delaware Park Lake & Cars

Delaware Park

Delaware Park Lily

Delaware Park Rumsey Park

S-curves Delaware Park

S-curves Delaware Park

Delaware Park Step

Delaware Park

Delaware Park boaters

Delaware Park

Delaware Park Canoeing

Delaware Park Casino

Delaware Park Lake

Delaware Park near Lake

Delaware Park on the lake

Delaware Park view From Casino

St Josephs New Cathedral

Depew Central High

DiBello Pontiac 12600 Main St

East Aurora Main St

East Aurora Roycroft Dining Rm

Electric Building

Electric Bldg

Electric Bldg

Electric Bldg At Nite

Elk St Business District

Elk St Market

Elk St Market

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LackawannaSteel LackawannaSteel

LackawannaSteel Lackawanna SteelElkStBusinessDist
LafayetteSq LafayetteSq

LafayetteSq Lafayette SqElkStBusinessDist
LafayetteSq1 LafayetteSq1

LafayetteSq1 Lafayette SquareElkStBusinessDist
Horse drawn carraiges & trolleys LafayetteSq2 LafayetteSq2

LafayetteSq2 Lafayette SquareElkStBusinessDist
up Broadway… LafayetteSq3 LafayetteSq3

LafayetteSq3 Lafayette SquareElkStBusinessDist
Old Library and Model Ts.LafayetteSq4 LafayetteSq4

LafayetteSq4 Lafayette SquareElkStBusinessDist
1940s LookLafayetteSq6NotMuchDiff LafayetteSq6NotMuchDiff

LafayetteSq6NotMuchDiff Lafayette SqElkStBusinessDist
Pretty close to today… Trade trolleys for Metro rail LafayetteSq7ShowsKleinshans LafayetteSq7ShowsKleinshans

LafayetteSq7ShowsKleinshans Lafayette Sq Shows KleinhansElkStBusinessDist
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LafayetteSq9 Lafayette SqElkStBusinessDist
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LafayetteSqCars%26Libary Lafayette Sq Cars & LibaryElkStBusinessDist
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LafayetteSqEarlyCars Lafayette Sq Early CarsElkStBusinessDist
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LafayetteSqLibrary1 Lafayette Sq LibraryElkStBusinessDist
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LafayetteSqOlder Lafayette Sq OlderElkStBusinessDist
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LafayetteSqSoldiersandSailo Lafayette Sq Soldiers and Sailors MonumentElkStBusinessDist
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LafayetteSqfrHotelShowsThea Lafayette Sq fr HotelElkStBusinessDist
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LafayetteSqlooksatCourt Lafayette Sq looks at CourtElkStBusinessDist
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Lafayettesq8 Lafayette sqElkStBusinessDist
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LakeErieNovelty Lake Erie NoveltyElkStBusinessDist
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Lancasterdowntown Lancaster downtownElkStBusinessDist
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Larkin1910 Larkin 1910ElkStBusinessDist
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Larkin2 LarkinElkStBusinessDist
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Larkin3 LarkinElkStBusinessDist
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LarkinDouble Larkin DoubleElkStBusinessDist
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LarkinDouble2 Larkin DoubleElkStBusinessDist
Laubes1 Laubes1

Laubes1 Laubes RestaurantElkStBusinessDist
LeonardosDiningRm%26Bar LeonardosDiningRm&Bar

LeonardosDiningRm%26Bar Leonardos Dining Room & BarElkStBusinessDist
LilyanDubelsHaciendaUnionrd LilyanDubelsHaciendaUnionrd

LilyanDubelsHaciendaUnionrd Lilyan Dubel’s Hacienda Union RdElkStBusinessDist
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LincolnPkwy-Horse Lincoln Pkwy HorseElkStBusinessDist
Lorenzos386Pearl1 Lorenzos386Pearl1

Lorenzos386Pearl1 Lorenzos 386 Pearl StElkStBusinessDist
Lorenzos386Pearl2 Lorenzos386Pearl2

Lorenzos386Pearl2 Lorenzos 386 Pearl StElkStBusinessDist
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MainSt11 Main St ElkStBusinessDist
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MainSt12 Main St ElkStBusinessDist
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MainSt13 Main StElkStBusinessDist
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MainSt14 Main StElkStBusinessDist
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MainSt16 Main StElkStBusinessDist
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MainSt17 Main StElkStBusinessDist
MainSt1970s MainSt1970s

MainSt1970s Main St 1970sElkStBusinessDist
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MainSt2 Main StElkStBusinessDist
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MainSt3 Main StElkStBusinessDist
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MainSt6 Main StElkStBusinessDist
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MainSt7 Main StElkStBusinessDist
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MainSt8 Main StElkStBusinessDist
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MainStAtCourt2 Main St At CourtElkStBusinessDist
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MainStAtHuronlookingNorth Main St At Huron looking NorthElkStBusinessDist
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MainStAtNite Main St At NiteElkStBusinessDist
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MainStAud2 Main St AudElkStBusinessDist
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MainStAud3 Main St AudElkStBusinessDist
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MainStAud4 Main St AudElkStBusinessDist
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MainStBfloSavingBank Main St Buffalo Saving BankElkStBusinessDist
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MainStBoatLoading Main St Boat LoadingElkStBusinessDist
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MainStEllicottSq Main St Ellicott SqElkStBusinessDist
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MainStEllicottSq2 Main St Ellicott SqElkStBusinessDist
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MainStEllicottSq3 Main St Ellicott SqElkStBusinessDist
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MainStEllicottSq4 Main St Ellicott SqElkStBusinessDist
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MainStJNadams Main St JN AdamsElkStBusinessDist
MainStKeitschFlower810Mains MainStKeitschFlower810Mains

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MainStKirschners189Main2 Main St Kirschners 189 Main StElkStBusinessDist
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MainStLaubesOldSpain660MainSt Main St Laubes Old Spain 660 Main StElkStBusinessDist
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MainStMacDoels Main St MacDoelsElkStBusinessDist
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MainStMeldrums460Main Main St Meldrums 460 MainElkStBusinessDist
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MainStNorthfromCourt Main St North from CourtElkStBusinessDist
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MainStOldMTbuilding Main St Old M&T buildingElkStBusinessDist
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MainStPoppenbergMotors674Ma Main St Poppenberg Motors 674 Main StElkStBusinessDist
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MainStSheltonSq Main St Shelton SquareElkStBusinessDist
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MainStSistersHospital Main St Sisters HospitalElkStBusinessDist
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MainStSouthfromLafayetteSq Main St South from Lafayette SqElkStBusinessDist
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MainStTravelodge Main St TravelodgeElkStBusinessDist
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MainStWilliamsvilleNursery Main St Williamsville NurseryElkStBusinessDist
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MainStatCourt Main St at CourtElkStBusinessDist
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MainStatCourt4 Main St at Court StElkStBusinessDist
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MainStatCourt5 Main St at Court StElkStBusinessDist
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MainStatCourtSt Main St at Court StElkStBusinessDist
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MainStatGenesee2 Main St at GeneseeElkStBusinessDist
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MainStatGenesee3 Main St at GeneseeElkStBusinessDist
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MainStatHuron2 Main St at HuronElkStBusinessDist
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MainStatNiagara2 Main St at Niagara StElkStBusinessDist
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MainStatNiagara3 Main St at NiagaraElkStBusinessDist
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MainStatSeneca2 Main St at SenecaElkStBusinessDist
MainStatSeneca3 MainStatSeneca3

MainStatSeneca3 Main St at SenecaElkStBusinessDist
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MainStatUticaHotelMarkeen Main St at Utica Hotel MarkeenElkStBusinessDist
MainStathletic-park MainStathletic-park

MainStathletic-park Main St Athletic ParkElkStBusinessDist
The was at the Triangular Island at Main & Jefferson MainStathletic-park-2 MainStathletic-park-2

MainStathletic-park-2 Main St Athletic ParkElkStBusinessDist
MainStfleischmannsrathskell MainStfleischmannsrathskell

MainStfleischmannsrathskell Main St Fleischmanns RathskellerElkStBusinessDist
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MainStfromCourt Main St from CourtElkStBusinessDist
MainStfromLafayetteSq MainStfromLafayetteSq

MainStfromLafayetteSq Main St from Lafayette SqElkStBusinessDist
MainStfromSheltonSq MainStfromSheltonSq

MainStfromSheltonSq Main St from Shelton SqElkStBusinessDist
MainatGeneseeSt MainatGeneseeSt

MainatGeneseeSt Main at Genesee StElkStBusinessDist
MarineNatlBank MarineNatlBank

MarineNatlBank Marine Natl BankElkStBusinessDist
MarketBroadway1 MarketBroadway1

MarketBroadway1 Market BroadwayElkStBusinessDist
MarketClinton%26Broadway MarketClinton&Broadway

MarketClinton%26Broadway Market Clinton & BroadwayElkStBusinessDist
MastenHighSchool MastenHighSchool

MastenHighSchool Masten High SchoolElkStBusinessDist
McKinleyMonument McKinleyMonument

McKinleyMonument McKinley MonumentElkStBusinessDist
McLeodHotel McLeodHotel

McLeodHotel McLeod HotelElkStBusinessDist
Milburn2 Milburn2

Milburn2 Milburn HotelElkStBusinessDist
Milburn3 Milburn3

Milburn3 Milburn HotelElkStBusinessDist
MillardFillmore1 MillardFillmore1

MillardFillmore1 Millard Fillmore HouseElkStBusinessDist
MillardFillmore2 MillardFillmore2

MillardFillmore2 Millard Fillmore HouseElkStBusinessDist
ModernWoodmenForestersEncam ModernWoodmenForestersEncam

ModernWoodmenForestersEncam Modern Woodmen Foresters EncampmentElkStBusinessDist
ModernWoodmenForestersParad ModernWoodmenForestersParad

ModernWoodmenForestersParad Modern Woodmen Foresters ParadeElkStBusinessDist
MohawkManor MohawkManor

MohawkManor Mohawk ManorElkStBusinessDist
MohawkMotorInn MohawkMotorInn

MohawkMotorInn Mohawk Motor InnElkStBusinessDist
MoreVotYouSee MoreVotYouSee

MoreVotYouSee More Vot You SeeElkStBusinessDist
NYcentralDepot2 NYcentralDepot2

NYcentralDepot2 NY Central DepotElkStBusinessDist
NYcentralDepot3 NYcentralDepot3

NYcentralDepot3 NY central DepotElkStBusinessDist
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NYcentralDepot4 NY Central DepotElkStBusinessDist
NiaSq2 NiaSq2

NiaSq2 Niagara SquareElkStBusinessDist
NiaSq3 NiaSq3

NiaSq3 Niagara SquareElkStBusinessDist
NiaSq4 NiaSq4

NiaSq4 Niagara SquareElkStBusinessDist
NiaSq5 NiaSq5

NiaSq5 Niagara SquareElkStBusinessDist
NiaSq6 NiaSq6

NiaSq6 Niagara SquareElkStBusinessDist
NiaSq7 NiaSq7

NiaSq7 Niagara SquareElkStBusinessDist
NiaSq8 NiaSq8

NiaSq8 Niagara SquareElkStBusinessDist
NiaSqBirdsEye NiaSqBirdsEye

NiaSqBirdsEye Niagara Square Birds EyeElkStBusinessDist
CentralHighSchool CentralHighSchool

CentralHighSchool Buffalo’s Central High SchoolElkStBusinessDist
On Niagara Square, was torn down to build the State Office Building.NiaSqNoConvCtr NiaSqNoConvCtr

NiaSqNoConvCtr Niagara SquareElkStBusinessDist
No Convention Center Blocking up Genesee NiagaraFallsAeroCar NiagaraFallsAeroCar

NiagaraFallsAeroCar Niagara Falls Aero CarElkStBusinessDist
NiagaraFallsBlvdGardenMotel NiagaraFallsBlvdGardenMotel

NiagaraFallsBlvdGardenMotel Niagara Falls Blvd Garden MotelElkStBusinessDist
NiagaraFallsBorckHotel NiagaraFallsBorckHotel

NiagaraFallsBorckHotel Niagara Falls Brock HotelElkStBusinessDist
NiagaraFallsBuffalotrolley NiagaraFallsBuffalotrolley

NiagaraFallsBuffalotrolley Niagara Falls Buffalo trolleyElkStBusinessDist
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NiagaraFallsFalls Niagara Falls ElkStBusinessDist
NiagaraFallsFallsSt NiagaraFallsFallsSt

NiagaraFallsFallsSt Niagara Falls Falls StElkStBusinessDist
NiagaraFallsFallsSt1949 NiagaraFallsFallsSt1949

NiagaraFallsFallsSt1949 Niagara Falls Falls St 1949ElkStBusinessDist
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NiagaraFallsFallsSt2 Niagara Falls Falls StElkStBusinessDist
NiagaraFallsFallsSt3 NiagaraFallsFallsSt3

NiagaraFallsFallsSt3 Niagara Falls Falls StElkStBusinessDist
NiagaraFallsFallsStAtNite NiagaraFallsFallsStAtNite

NiagaraFallsFallsStAtNite Niagara Falls Falls St At NiteElkStBusinessDist
NiagaraFallsHotelMarconi NiagaraFallsHotelMarconi

NiagaraFallsHotelMarconi Niagara Falls Hotel MarconiElkStBusinessDist
NiagaraFallsMaidofMist NiagaraFallsMaidofMist

NiagaraFallsMaidofMist Niagara Falls Maid of the MistElkStBusinessDist
NiagaraFallsOntMcGibbonsInn NiagaraFallsOntMcGibbonsInn

NiagaraFallsOntMcGibbonsInn Niagara Falls Ont McGibbons InnElkStBusinessDist
NiagaraFallsProspectPoint NiagaraFallsProspectPoint

NiagaraFallsProspectPoint Niagara Falls Prospect PointElkStBusinessDist
NiagaraFallsSheddedWheat2 NiagaraFallsSheddedWheat2

NiagaraFallsSheddedWheat2 Niagara Falls Shedded WheatElkStBusinessDist
NiagaraFallsSkyline NiagaraFallsSkyline

NiagaraFallsSkyline Niagara Falls SkylineElkStBusinessDist
NiagaraFallsTemperanceHouse NiagaraFallsTemperanceHouse

NiagaraFallsTemperanceHouse Niagara Falls Temperance HouseElkStBusinessDist
NiagaraFallsWinterScene NiagaraFallsWinterScene

NiagaraFallsWinterScene Niagara Falls Winter SceneElkStBusinessDist
NiagaraSq1 NiagaraSq1

NiagaraSq1 Niagara SquareElkStBusinessDist
Ninos18Goodell Ninos18Goodell

Ninos18Goodell Ninos 18 GoodellElkStBusinessDist
North-at-Delaware North-at-Delaware

North-at-Delaware North at DelawareElkStBusinessDist
OffermannStadiumMich%26woodla OffermannStadiumMich&woodla

OffermannStadiumMich%26woodla Offermann Stadium Michigan StElkStBusinessDist
OldCityHall1 OldCityHall1

OldCityHall1 Old CityHallElkStBusinessDist
OldCityHall3 OldCityHall3

OldCityHall3 Old City HallElkStBusinessDist
OldCityHall5 OldCityHall5

OldCityHall5 Old City HallElkStBusinessDist
OldHomeWeek1907 OldHomeWeek1907

OldHomeWeek1907 Old Home Week 1907ElkStBusinessDist
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PanAmElectric2 PanAmElectric2

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PanAmEthnologyBuildings PanAmEthnologyBuildings

PanAmEthnologyBuildings Pan Am Ethnology BuildingsElkStBusinessDist
PanAmMachinery%26Transportati PanAmMachinery&Transportati

PanAmMachinery%26Transportati Pan Am Machinery & Transportation BldgElkStBusinessDist
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PanAmMinesHorticulture PanAmMinesHorticulture

PanAmMinesHorticulture Pan Am Mines & HorticultureElkStBusinessDist
PanAmPresMcKinleyAddress PanAmPresMcKinleyAddress

PanAmPresMcKinleyAddress Pan Am President McKinley AddressElkStBusinessDist
PanAmRainbowCity PanAmRainbowCity

PanAmRainbowCity Pan Am Rainbow CityElkStBusinessDist
PanAmStadium PanAmStadium

PanAmStadium Pan Am StadiumElkStBusinessDist
PanAmTempleofMusic PanAmTempleofMusic

PanAmTempleofMusic Pan Am Temple of MusicElkStBusinessDist
PanAmTempleofMusic2 PanAmTempleofMusic2

PanAmTempleofMusic2 Pan Am Temple of MusicElkStBusinessDist
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PanAmUSgovernment Pan Am US Government BldgElkStBusinessDist
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ParksideSanitarium1392Amher Parkside Sanitarium 1392 Amherst StElkStBusinessDist
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PeaceBridge1 Peace BridgeElkStBusinessDist
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PeaceBridge2 Peace BridgeElkStBusinessDist
PeaceBridge3 PeaceBridge3

PeaceBridge3 Peace BridgeElkStBusinessDist
PeaceBridge4 PeaceBridge4

PeaceBridge4 Peace BridgeElkStBusinessDist
PearlSt PearlSt

PearlSt Pearl StElkStBusinessDist
PerrysSanckBar373WilliamSt PerrysSanckBar373WilliamSt

PerrysSanckBar373WilliamSt Perrys Snack Bar 373 William StElkStBusinessDist
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PierceArrow Pierce ArrowElkStBusinessDist
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PolishChurchCard Polish Church CardElkStBusinessDist
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PostOffice Post OfficeElkStBusinessDist
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PublicLibrary Public LibraryElkStBusinessDist
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PublicLibrary2 Public LibraryElkStBusinessDist
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PumpingWorksCars Pumping Works CarsElkStBusinessDist
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RPPC102massAve 102 Massachusetts AveElkStBusinessDist
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RPPC1963Ragsman 1963 RagsmanElkStBusinessDist
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RPPCBfloSodaFountain Bflo Soda FountainElkStBusinessDist
RPPCBfloTransprtatioCo1 RPPCBfloTransprtatioCo1

RPPCBfloTransprtatioCo1 Bflo Transportation CompanyElkStBusinessDist
There are quite a number of these floating around… Looks like a souvenir from your bus tour of Buffalo RPPCBfloTransprtatioCo2 RPPCBfloTransprtatioCo2

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RPPCBfloTransprtatioCo3 RPPCBfloTransprtatioCo3

RPPCBfloTransprtatioCo3 Bflo Transportation CompanyElkStBusinessDist
RPPCBflotoScarboroBeachtrol RPPCBflotoScarboroBeachtrol

RPPCBflotoScarboroBeachtrol Buffalo to Scarboro Beach trolleyElkStBusinessDist
RPPCDepewNYstores RPPCDepewNYstores

RPPCDepewNYstores Depew NY storesElkStBusinessDist
RPPCLackawannaMovieHouse RPPCLackawannaMovieHouse

RPPCLackawannaMovieHouse Lackawanna Movie HouseElkStBusinessDist
RPPCMamrosesOP RPPCMamrosesOP

RPPCMamrosesOP Mamroses Restaurant Orchard ParkElkStBusinessDist
RPPCTourSilverStreakTours RPPCTourSilverStreakTours

RPPCTourSilverStreakTours Tour Silver Streak ToursElkStBusinessDist
RPPCcentralParkMarket RPPCcentralParkMarket

RPPCcentralParkMarket Central Park MarketElkStBusinessDist
RPPCembalmedDog RPPCembalmedDog

RPPCembalmedDog Embalmed DogElkStBusinessDist
Buffalo’s been bizaare for a long time….RPPClockportTheTavernMainSt RPPClockportTheTavernMainSt

RPPClockportTheTavernMainSt Lockport The Tavern Main StElkStBusinessDist
RPPCtourbus1 RPPCtourbus1

RPPCtourbus1 tour busElkStBusinessDist
RPPCtourbus2 RPPCtourbus2

RPPCtourbus2 tour bus ElkStBusinessDist
RPPCtourbus3 RPPCtourbus3

RPPCtourbus3 tour busElkStBusinessDist
RPPCtourbus4 RPPCtourbus4

RPPCtourbus4 tour busElkStBusinessDist
RichmondCircle RichmondCircle

RichmondCircle Richmond CircleElkStBusinessDist
RichmondColonialCircle RichmondColonialCircle

RichmondColonialCircle Richmond Colonial CircleElkStBusinessDist
RichmondatPorter RichmondatPorter

RichmondatPorter Richmond at PorterElkStBusinessDist
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RiversidePark Riverside ParkElkStBusinessDist
Rockpile3 Rockpile3

Rockpile3 RockpileElkStBusinessDist
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Rockpile4 RockpileElkStBusinessDist
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SciandrasToyland Sciandras ToylandElkStBusinessDist
SesquehanaIronUnionFurnace SesquehanaIronUnionFurnace

SesquehanaIronUnionFurnace Sesquehana Iron Union FurnaceElkStBusinessDist
SheltonSq10 SheltonSq10

SheltonSq10 Shelton SqElkStBusinessDist
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SheltonSq11 Shelton SqElkStBusinessDist
SheltonSq12 SheltonSq12

SheltonSq12 Shelton SqElkStBusinessDist
SheltonSq13 SheltonSq13

SheltonSq13 Shelton SqElkStBusinessDist
SheltonSq14 SheltonSq14

SheltonSq14 Shelton SqElkStBusinessDist
SheltonSq3 SheltonSq3

SheltonSq3 Shelton SqElkStBusinessDist
SheltonSq4 SheltonSq4

SheltonSq4 Shelton SqElkStBusinessDist
SheltonSq5 SheltonSq5

SheltonSq5 Shelton SqElkStBusinessDist
SheltonSq6 SheltonSq6

SheltonSq6 Shelton SqElkStBusinessDist
SheltonSq7 SheltonSq7

SheltonSq7 Shelton SqElkStBusinessDist
SheltonSq8 SheltonSq8

SheltonSq8 Shelton SqElkStBusinessDist
SheltonSq9 SheltonSq9

SheltonSq9 Shelton SqElkStBusinessDist
SheltonSqErieCoSavingsBank1 SheltonSqErieCoSavingsBank1

SheltonSqErieCoSavingsBank1 Shelton Sq Erie Co Savings BankElkStBusinessDist
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SheltonSqErieCoSavingsBank2 Shelton Sq Erie Co Savings BankElkStBusinessDist
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SheltonSquare1 Shelton SquareElkStBusinessDist
SheltonSquare2 SheltonSquare2

SheltonSquare2 Shelton SquareElkStBusinessDist
SistersHospital SistersHospital

SistersHospital Sisters HospitalElkStBusinessDist
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SnowballsRestaurant Snowballs RestaurantElkStBusinessDist
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SouthParkBotanicalGardens South Park Botanical GardensElkStBusinessDist
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SouthParkConservatory-Botanical-Gard South Park Conservatory Botanical GardensElkStBusinessDist
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SouthParkOLV South Park OLVElkStBusinessDist
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StPatricksCathedral St Patricks CathedralElkStBusinessDist
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StarTheatre Star TheatreElkStBusinessDist
Statler Statler

Statler Statler HotelElkStBusinessDist
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StatlerArborDiningRoom Statler Arbor Dining RoomElkStBusinessDist
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StatlerArborRoom Statler Arbor RoomElkStBusinessDist
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StatlerBallRoom Statler Ball RoomElkStBusinessDist
StatlerDutchGrill StatlerDutchGrill

StatlerDutchGrill Statler Dutch GrillElkStBusinessDist
StatlerEnglishTapRoom StatlerEnglishTapRoom

StatlerEnglishTapRoom Statler English Tap RoomElkStBusinessDist
StatlerLobby StatlerLobby

StatlerLobby Statler LobbyElkStBusinessDist
StatlerPalmRoom StatlerPalmRoom

StatlerPalmRoom Statler Palm RoomElkStBusinessDist
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StoneHood-Awing Stone Hood AwingElkStBusinessDist
SummerSt SummerSt

SummerSt Summer StElkStBusinessDist
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Telephone%26IroquoisCars Telephone & Iroquois CarsElkStBusinessDist
TheAuditorium%26StMarys TheAuditorium&StMarys

TheAuditorium%26StMarys The Auditorium & St MarysElkStBusinessDist
TheAuditorium1916 TheAuditorium1916

TheAuditorium1916 The Auditorium 1916ElkStBusinessDist
TheChildsPlace TheChildsPlace

TheChildsPlace The Childs PlaceElkStBusinessDist
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What it Looked Like Wednesday: WNY’s unique pop brands, 1959

By Steve Cichon

In 1959, the Niagara Frontier Bottling Association took out an ad to remind Western New York’s children to bug their parents about returning soft drink bottles promptly.

The Niagara Frontier Bottling Association had 21 members, including the giant names of Coca-Cola, Pepsi and 7-Up, but also much smaller local operations like Visniak, Queen-O and Oscar’s. Just as breweries offered home delivery for committed patrons, many pop bottlers would also drop off soda by the case at your doorstep.

“Ask mother to let you return them and collect the cash deposits,” says the caption next to the happy boy and girl pulling a wagon filled with pop-bottle gold.

Luckily for us nearly 60 years later, not everyone heeded that “bring the bottle back” advice – and many of the classic bottles from long-gone pop makers are still kicking around.

Len Mattie and his wife, Nancy Abramo, run the Parkside Meadow Restaurant. Throughout the classic neighborhood corner tavern, Mattie has displayed what is possibly Western New York’s largest public collection of local pop bottles – among them most of the brand names mentioned in the ad.

Here are some of those bottles as displayed inside the Parkside Meadow:

Ma’s was one of several pops bottled by the New York Beverage Company on Katherine Street in the First Ward.


Kist was bottled by Goddard/Kist in Buffalo. Black Rock Pop was bottled by Black Rock Beverages on Hertel Avenue. Visniak was bottled by Saturn-Visniak Bottling on Fillmore Avenue.


From left: Wethy’s was bottled by Queen City Pure Water; Sea Beverages is from Buffalo; Hi-Hat Beverage was at 416 Chicago St.; Hi Grade Beverage was on Fougron Street on the East Side; Young-O Beverages was based in a garage on Hickory Street; Coleman’s Beverage was on Rhode Island Street on the West Side; Sunny Kid Beverages were bottled by Broad-Smith, 528 Genesee St.


From left: Mission Beverages was located at 127 Kehr St.; Dr. Swett’s was based in Boston, Mass.; Sol Lenzner’s Queen-O was produced at 636 Genesee St.; King Orange Soda was bottled locally by Fillmore Bottling Company.


The Smith & Clody and Vartray ginger beer stoneware bottles date from the turn of the century.


Wulf’s Beverages was based in North Tonawanda. The Fillmore Bottling Works was at 581 Fillmore Ave.


What It Looked Like Wednesday: ‘That thing in the water next to the Peace Bridge’

By Steve Cichon

It’s not the most eloquent title, but you knew exactly what I was talking about, didn’t you?

People have been asking “what is that thing?” since before the Peace Bridge was built.

From Fort Erie: Water intake pier for the City of Buffalo before the building of the Peace Bridge. That’s Fort Porter, which was torn down to make way for the Peace Bridge plaza. Buffalo Stories archives

Since the current water intake building opened in 1913, the old one now next to the Peace Bridge has slowly deteriorated, to the point where it’s little more than a concrete stump in the middle of the Niagara River today.

The current Buffalo water intake, which feeds water to the Col. Ward Pumping Station to supply Buffalo with water. (Derek Gee/News file photo)

The Peace Bridge was dedicated by the Prince of Wales in 1927. Nine years later, he became King Edward VIII, but abdicated 11 months later to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson. He was the uncle to Queen Elizabeth.

Peace Bridge dedication, 1927. Buffalo News archives


When we’re lucky in Buffalo, snow’s nice at least once a year

By Steve Cichon

There’s a definitive visceral satisfaction and joy in watching a machine operated by your own hands so completely defeating Mother Nature.

Of course, snow removal is only poetic when there’s a few inches of the stuff and it’s a windless 32 degrees.

It’s fleeting and wonderful, so I do my best to fully enjoy it when the unlikely great conditions make for a delightful snow blow.

Even slightly more snow, calm wind, or a few degrees falling off the thermometer can easily turn happy, bloviatious SAT word-laden thoughts into gutturally spewed Anglo-Saxon words. But you can’t have one without the other.

There’s no way to feel the fullest high of an easy snow removal without having unfurled a deeply painful and cold “SONAVABITCH” at the senselessness and stupidity of living in such a place as this.

True Buffalove means, to apocryphally paraphrase Marilyn Monroe, if you can’t handle Buffalo at its worst, maybe you don’t deserve it at its best.

And either way,  there’s always the notion that post-snow blowing is the only acceptable time for me to take my pants off in the kitchen. And Bailey’s hot chocolate or a Manhattan.


John Zach: an impact spread over seven decades

By Steve Cichon

John Zach’s Buffalo broadcasting career has spread over seven decades, starting in the late 50’s as a volunteer in the early days of public broadcasting at Channel 17.

John Zach & Susan Rose, WBEN, 2002.

When he walks away on December 30th to spend more time with his chickens (and his grandkids, I assume), he takes with him the last vestige of a great era in Buffalo radio.

John Zach & Danny Neaverth, Shea’s Buffalo, 1986

He learned the craft of radio and radio news from men who treated their jobs in radio like their friends and neighbors treated their jobs at the plant or the office. Buckle down, do your job with all you’ve got and with the highest attention to detail and quality, shut your mouth and get it done with as little nonsense and frill as possible.

the sound of WKBW: Jeff Kaye, John Zach, Jim Fagan, Danny Neaverth. From the night Kaye, Zach, and Fagan were inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasting Hall of Fame, 2002.

For quite some time now, John has been the defiant last holdout of that generation still grinding away in the news mill every day– to the point where there aren’t even many folks left who started ten or twenty years after John did still at work in broadcast news in Buffalo.

The sound and sensibility he has brought to Western New York microphones for nearly 60 years is unmistakable. That unique richness and breadth his presence has added to the tableau of media and journalism in Buffalo will be forever missed from our airwaves and news coverage.

John Zach, Seneca High School yearbook.

Your chickens and grandkids will like to see more of you, John, and I can assume you won’t mind seeing more of your pillow in the 3am hour. That, however, leaves the rest of us to miss you and your daily presence in our lives.

John Zach looks on as Steve Cichon takes notes at the WBEN daily news meeting, 2012.

Torn-Down Tuesday: Is Buffalo home of the ice cream sundae?

By Steve Cichon

One fact is not in doubt — Buffalo’s first ice cream soda fountain was opened at the Stoddart Bros. Drug Store at 84 Seneca St., and the Stoddart brothers built what was said to be the country’s largest drug store based on sales at the ice cream counter.

But seemingly forgotten in the annals of Buffalo myth and lore was the claim made by members of the Stoddart family through the years that the first ice cream sundae was served at the Stoddart Bros. store on Seneca near Ellicott, on a spot that is now somewhere between second base and center field at Coca-Cola Field.

So along with the chicken wing, should Buffalo be claiming the ice cream sundae? While no definitive proof exists, the long-dormant Buffalo claim seems at least as strong as several of the other cities that have staked their civic pride on ice cream, fruit sauce, whipped cream and a cherry on top.

The Stoddart brothers, Charles and Thomas, were born in Scotland and spent time in Canada before landing in Buffalo. They worked in another Buffalo drug store for four years before opening their own Stoddart Bros. store in 1876.

Buffalo Evening News, 1946

Buffalo Evening News, 1946

Charles Stoddart, the younger brother, had his hand firmly on the helm of the business, working most days late into the evening. Thomas Stoddart was a more familiar figure in Buffalo business and civic life, and he served as a city councilman as well as several terms as the president of the New York State Pharmaceutical Association.

After 24 years wildly successful years at 84 Seneca — including having opened Buffalo’s first soda fountain — the brothers expanded in 1900, buying the buildings next door at 86 and 88 Seneca St.

They invested $20,000 in building updates designed by Louise Bethune, the Buffalo woman who was also America’s first female architect. The new store boasted 50,000 square feet of space over four floors, and 60 people worked the 1,000 feet of showcases on those floors.

Written up as “America’s largest drug store” in several national trade publications, the new store featured a $5,000 soda bar as its crown jewel. The American Soda Fountain Co. piece had seating for 75 with as many as 12 fountains running at any given time, serving the 250 stools that filled along the counter space of a large part of the main shop floor.

The new facility also allowed Stoddart Bros. to make its own ice cream in a special plant in the basement. Up to 100 gallons could have been on hand at any given time. The building also had facilities for the manufacture of perfumes as well as medical appliances and prosthetics.

Around 1903, Stoddart Bros. was doing a daily soda business of $200 — not bad, considering most sodas were a nickel.  More than just a sweet treat, many believed in the health benefits of ice cream sodas — especially during the heat of the summer. Stoddart’s was Buffalo’s most popular place to escape from the heat — cooling fans and a drink of cold ice cream and soda water was about as cool as anyone could expect.

Two views of the Stoddart Bros. soda fountain, c.1902. Buffalo Stories archives

Two views of the Stoddart Bros. soda fountain, c.1902. (Buffalo Stories archives)

The original three-storefront Stoddart Bros. building burned in a spectacular blaze in 1919. Flames of every color shot from the laboratory where prescriptions were crafted.

The store reopened almost immediately down the street, but it never fully recovered its place as America’s largest drug store. Through the 1920s and 1930s, Stoddart Bros. had several stores throughout the city, but when Thomas Stoddart’s son decided to retire in 1946, the 70-year-old family business closed permanently.

The news of the closure made headlines around the country after The News published a front-page story with a claim from John Stoddart that his uncle Charles was the creator of the ice cream sundae.

“About 50 years ago, the store ran out of soda water one Sunday morning and my uncle, Charles Stoddart, suggested that the clerk serve two scoops of ice cream with syrup on top. It was hurriedly named a ‘sundae’ and immediately (was) very popular,” said John Stoddart in 1946.

The Gloversville Morning Herald was one of many newspapers around the country to carry the story with Buffalos claim as the home of the ice cream sundae.

The Gloversville Morning Herald was one of many newspapers around the country to carry the story with Buffalo’s claim as the home of the ice cream sundae.

Twenty-five years later, United Press International distributed a story that went into greater detail with the founder’s son, then 84.

“”That’s what I was told,” John Stoddart told the UPI in 1976 about his sundae story. “It was in the summertime around the turn of the century.”

He said the gas to make the soda ran out on a hot Sunday at the busy counter. “They called my uncle and he told the clerk to give them scoops of ice cream and syrup, or strawberry preserves, without the soda,” Stoddart said.

The new dish, Stoddart said, was called a “Sunday” and advertised as such, becoming popular very quickly.  “An outfit in Rochester sold fountain supplies … and a few years later the Rochester firm publicized the Stoddart Brothers drugstore as the ‘birthplace of the sundae.’ ”

And the spelling change? Stoddart said: “I suppose it looked better in the ads.”

There are a handful of problems with Stoddart’s story.

First, most of the claims of “the first sundae” date to the 1880s or early 1890s. So any claim would have to be earlier than “the turn of the century.” There were also at least two big players in soda bar supplies in Rochester: Alick G. Richardson’s Richardson Corp. and J. Hungerford Smith, which was the exclusive Orangeade seller at the Pan-American Exposition. An extensive search came up with plenty of ads for both businesses’ soda bar and sundae supplies, but nothing about Stoddart Bros. That’s not to say one doesn’t exist, but it didn’t come up in hundreds of reviewed ads.

Stoddart Bros. did regular, nearly daily advertising through the 1880s and 1890s, and the wholesomeness of their “fresh Holstein cream” ice cream, cleanliness and cooling fans are usually made the biggest selling points — without mention of sundaes by name. The company also received quite a bit of publicity as “America’s largest drug store.” The Buffalo claim to the sundae was never made in any of those national news stories.

Stoddart Bros. advertising, c. 1888-90

Stoddart Bros. advertising, c. 1888-90

The first time any mention of the Stoddart sundae story can be found in Buffalo papers is the 1946 Buffalo Evening News article announcing the store’s closure, more than half a century after the event would have happened. This combined with the weak “naming of the sundae” story leaves a bit of a melted drippy mess — but other sundae stories have low melting points as well.

Buffalo Evening News, 1946

Buffalo Evening News, 1946

In gathering up the stories of “the birth of the ice cream sundae,” it might be that no single location can say they first served the exact treat we’d order at a Dairy Queen today. But clearly, several different places — Buffalo included — can lay claim to different parts of the evolution of the modern ice cream sundae.

Two Rivers, Wisc., is the home of Edward Berners; legend says he was the first to drizzle chocolate syrup over ice cream in 1881 (or 1899, depending on which account you believe.).

According to the Wisconsin legend, the spelling of “sundae” might be traced back to a salesman selling the familiar canoe-shaped dishes as “Sundae dishes,” perhaps even unaware that he’d misspelled the day of the week.

Hard proof is found on the pages of the Ithaca (N.Y.) Daily Herald in 1892 that druggist Chester Platt was serving up a dish called “Strawberry Sunday.” It’s the first documented use of the name “Sunday” being used for a treat served at a soda bar.

Where does Buffalo’s Stoddart Bros. contribution fit in?

Found in the pages of The Buffalo Evening News and the Buffalo Courier are ads for Stoddart’s adding both fruit syrup and whipped cream to ice cream as early as 1889, years before other “fruit sundae” claimants. This concrete black-and-white proof is good enough to at least mention Buffalo as one of the potential homes of the sundae.

1889 advertisements show that Stoddart Bros. in Buffalo was serving up ice cream garnished with elements of a modern sundae, a few years before other claimants to the "original ice cream sundae" title. Buffalo Stories archives

1889 advertisements show that Stoddart Bros. in Buffalo was serving up ice cream garnished with elements of a modern sundae, a few years before other claimants to the “original ice cream sundae” title. (Buffalo Stories archives)

Stoddart Bros. did have Buffalo’s first soda bar. They did, in the 1880s, serve ice cream with fruit syrup and whipped cream, which sounds a lot like a sundae — even if they didn’t call it that.

The secondhand retelling of an old family tale by an 84-year-old man may have had some factual errors, but refitted with the actual facts, it seems very much like Buffalo could be the home of the ice cream sundae.

Ed Little: Great friend, great broadcaster

By Steve Cichon

The many Faces of Ed Little By Steve Cichon November, 2004

ED LITTLE spent an astonishing 62 years on radio, nearly all of it in Buffalo and Rochester. His awe-inspiring career took root in 1938 when he stepped in front of the microphone at WEBR as a child actor with a grown-up voice. Later he played many parts on stage and on the air with the UCLA Campus Theater troupe.


During World War II, Little carried a wire recorder aboard B-29 bombing missions over Japan and delivered the play-by-play description for later playback on NBC.

Joining WEBR as a music personality post-war, he soon became host of the late-night Town Casino broadcast, interviewing every megastar of the 1950s—from Danny Thomas and Tony Bennett to Johnnie Ray and Rosemary Clooney—at that storied nightclub.

During 1958-64 he lit up the night airwaves at KFMB San Diego, then returned to Buffalo for an eye-opening career shift—becoming the newsman during Joey Reynolds’ nighttime romp on WKBW.

Following 14 years as the afternoon news anchor at WBBF Rochester, Little in 1981 joined the news team at WBEN, where his trademark delivery continued to add a sense of distinction to that station’s aura until his retirement in 2000.


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ed-outsideHe was one of my best pals ever… The late, great Ed Little. He was a WBEN newsman from 1979-2000, was a newsman at KB on the Joey Reynolds Show, and hosted a show live from the Town Casino on WEBR in the early ’50s. He started in radio in the 30s as a child actor, and also flew in bombers over Japan in WWII, recording his play-by-play of bombing runs to be played back later on nationwide radio.

He could sometimes be a pain to work with 🙂 but he NEVER had a bad word to say about anyone, and always had plenty of change to buy you a 25¢ cup of coffee from the vending machine in the basement. Judas PRIEST, indeed!

Ed Little 1923-2001

What It Looked Like Wednesday: Charles Burchfield’s Buffalo, Part III

By Steve Cichon

In much the same way most Buffalo men of the era grabbed their lunch pail in the morning and worked until the whistle blew, so did Charles Burchfield.

He was a soldier during World War I, fighting the enemy with his paintbrush. Burchfield was on the team designing America’s earliest efforts at camouflage. He moved to Buffalo in 1921 to work as a designer at Birge’s wallpaper factory on Niagara Street. Even after he left the working world in 1929 and began making a living as an artist, Burchfield took a working man’s approach to create art reflective of the life of the working man.

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Burchfield-Penney Art Center. This week we look back at Charles Burchfield’s Buffalo in three parts— how contemporary Buffalo thought of the artist, Buffalo landmarks captured by Burchfield which have been torn down, and the Buffalo places captured by Burchfield’s brush which still stand.

In this three part series “Charles Burchfield’s Buffalo,” so far we’ve looked at how Buffalo saw Burchfield and Burchfield paintings of Buffalo places which no longer exist. Today, we look at Burchfield works we can still hold up to the places he was painting.

At the top of the page is Charles Birchfields Rainy Night (1929-30). This photo was one of many taken by artist James Vullo in the mid-70s depicting the real life places depicted in Burchfields paintings and sketches. (Charles E. Burchfield Archives) Below, the intersection of Ellicott and Broadway as it looks today.

At the top of the page is Charles Burchfield’s “Rainy Night” (1929-30). This photo was one of many taken by artist James Vullo in the mid-’70s depicting the real-life places in Burchfield’s paintings and sketches. (Charles E. Burchfield Archives) Below, the intersection of Ellicott and Broadway as it looks today.

“Charles Burchfield is a magic name that elevates Buffalo to eminence in the contemporary art world,” wrote Anne McIlhenney Matthews in the Buffalo Courier-Express in 1960.

“Buffalo basks in reflected glory in the world of art galleries and collections as the place where the world-famous watercolorist resides and whose glorified terrain he transfers to timeless, wonderful — and expensive — pictures.”

Burchfield told Matthews, “I try to present the glory of God in nature,” and pointed to one of his favorite paintings — one he gave to his wife and hung in their living room. “For the Beauty of the Earth” is the title of the painting, and the first line of a Lutheran hymn.

“The world is so ravishingly beautiful and I try to put it on paper,” continued Burchfield. “Particularly Western New York. I feel that there is enough scenic beauty in this area to keep me busy for a thousand years.”

Street Scene, 1940-47. Below, James Vullo's photo of the Genesee Street building.

“Street Scene,” 1940-47. Below, James Vullo’s photo of the Genesee Street building.


This painting came from the same block, just facing the other direction.

The Market at Christmas Time (1929-41), shows the old Chippewa Market with St. Michaels in the distance. While St. Michaels still stands, the building was heavily damaged in a 1954 fire. (Charles E. Burchfield Archives)

“The Market at Christmas Time” (1929-41), shows the old Chippewa Market with St. Michael’s in the distance. While St. Michael’s still stands, the building was heavily damaged in a 1954 fire. (Charles E. Burchfield Archives)


Burchfield called the Electric Building one of the finest buildings in Buffalo or anywhere. He painted Buildings and Street Scene in 1940. James Vullo photographed the area in the mid-70s, including the marquee sign pointing to the entrance of the Century Theater around the corner on Main Street. (Charles E. Burchfield Archives)

Burchfield called the Electric Building “one of the finest buildings in Buffalo or anywhere.” He painted “Buildings and Street Scene” in 1940. James Vullo photographed the area in the mid-’70s, including the marquee sign pointing to the entrance of the Century Theater around the corner on Main Street. (Charles E. Burchfield Archives)

Burchfields Street Vista in Winter, 1957-60. (Charles E. Burchfield Archives) Below: Todays view up Linwood Avenue between Summer and Barker.

Burchfield’s “Street Vista in Winter,” 1957-60. (Charles E. Burchfield Archives) Below: Today’s view up Linwood Avenue between Summer and Barker.

Burchfield ventured into all parts of the city, including South Buffalo. Above: Burchfields Silver Light, ca. 1940. Below: Vullos photo of the Stevenson Street bridge, Stevenson and South Legion, mid 70s.

Burchfield ventured into all parts of the city, including South Buffalo. Above: Burchfield’s “Silver Light,” ca. 1940. Below: Vullo’s photo of the Stevenson Street bridge, Stevenson and South Legion, mid ’70s.


The Burchfield-Penney Center also has curated a history pin site showing these and other Burchfield painting locations.