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Albany, New York, circa 1906. "New Kenmore Hotel." Familiar street fixtures of the era include the carbon arc lamp, telephone distribution ring and streetcar pylons. Not to mention hostelry with complicated masonry facade. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.