Buffalo in the 20’s: Booze Bust in The Valley

By Steve Cichon
steve@buffalostories.com
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BUFFALO BOOZE BUST… Wouldn’t it have been great if Irv Weinstein would have been around to write Prohibition stories? The papers were filled with them almost every day.

I like this one in particular– because it took place in a bar my ol’man would buy 55 years later.

The text is a bit hard to read:

The Buffalo Sunday Express Sunday December 27, 1925

Cleverly concealed caches of liquor were found hidden under the floor of the barroom in the saloon at no. 807 Elk street, owned by John Doty. A large copper tank, to which were attached two spigots and a siphon, was hiding places for two dozen quarts of rare old whisky.Under the floor and on the stairway were 100 quarts of alleged liquor. Doty will be arraigned on Monday.

In the late 1930s, the path of Elk Street changed as South Park Avenue was created out of several South Buffalo and First Ward streets. What was number 807 Elk –at the corner of Smith Street– in 1925, is now 207 Elk (sadly, a vacant lot.)

Buffalo in the 80’s: Talking Proud latch hook

By Steve Cichon
steve@buffalostories.com
@stevebuffalo

In 1982, steel and auto manufacturing jobs were leaving Buffalo by the thousands.

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The Chamber of Commerce, though, was in its 1982 glory with a “Talking Proud” hooked rug hanging on the wall, and a big giant computer that had about 1/320th the memory that the phone I’m writing this on has.

Buffalo in the 80’s: the generic pop of our summers…

By Steve Cichon
steve@buffalostories.com
@stevebuffalo

1980s Buffalo Taste of Summer

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A guy was selling hundreds of root beer cans on eBay, and I picked out Buffalo’s generic pop cans of the 80s.

Red and White was sold locally at Super Duper, and HyTop at Tops before they switched to their own generic brand. Obviously Bells was sold at Bells Markets.

How many of these did you sneak into the Seneca 1-2 Cinema or take to the Crystal Beach picnic area?