By Steve Cichon |firstname.lastname@example.org | @stevebuffalo
eBay user soon2bexpat has a treasure trove of more than 300 vintage color slides posted for sale today, and many of them are from Buffalo and Western New York.
Glorious, full-color glimpses of the way life used to be around here, mostly from the late 1950s through the early 70s.
Many are labelled as from Buffalo, but many more are apparently snapshots of day-to-day life on the Niagara Frontier in a bygone era.
All of the “certain” and a good number of the “safe to assume” Buffalo images follow. As of print time, many of these remain for sale from soon2bexpat if you are interested.
If you can help better identify any of the people or places in any of these images, please drop me an email: email@example.com
Beers in the basement.
The only thing more Buffalo than sitting in the garage drinking a beer, is sitting in the garage drinking a beer while your friend plays the accordion. Extra points for white belt and argyle socks with shorts.
This could be a Polish-American wedding anywhere given the accordion player, but since the slides were mostly from Buffalo, I’ll guess that we can claim this one, too.
This one looks like a more honest-to-goodness gin mill, with at least four Iroquois signs on the wall.
Again, it’s likely a Buffalo image, but I can’t say for sure. I can say it’s a Lehigh Valley snow plow…
UB playing at Rotary Field on Bailey Avenue. That’s the VA Hospital in the background.
Fire at Ann’s Restaurant. Almost certainly in Western New York with the Rich’s Ice Cream sign… There was an Ann’s Restaurant at the corner of Main and Virginia– it’s now a parking lot. Could be this place…
A possible Western New York storefront…
A cardinal sits among bishops in a City of Buffalo (CHESTER KOWAL, MAYOR) parade shelter
A parade in front of Lakeshore Tire…
If you can provide any more information on any of these photos, feel free to email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.