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Amsterdam: 1941

Amsterdam: 1941

October 1941. "Street in Amsterdam, New York." Medium-format nitrate negative by John Collier for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

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Old Amsterdam

With the exception of the corner building, the modern [at the time] signage, and the cars on the street, the architecture is late 19th century all the way.

Sad to see the things that have disappeared in the name of "progress".

Pictures in frames

In the Kresge's window there are frames on display. I have found similar ones from that era at garage sales with the old original "demo" pictures still in them. I have displayed a few because they were a lot better looking than most of my relatives. There were also all glass Art Deco Hollywood frames (usually black and white) with movie stars photos which are now very valuable keepsakes. That is yet another one of my collections.

I recognize some people

I'll have to look thru Shorpy but those 3 guys and one girl in the white shirts right on the corner chatting were the same poeple in a Shorpy close up shot about a week or so ago. Amazing how I instantly recognize a face.

2nd floor chiropractors

Come and climb the stairs to the 2nd floor chiropractor's; that's easy enough to do, for our patients with back problems.


Love, love, love the indented storefronts. Made window-shopping so much more fun!!

Small Town America?

This really looks like it could have come from any small town of the time. There is noting "big city" about it!

Route 5

As you can see by the street signs, this is NYS Route 5, the east west route across the state. The Route 30 bridge across the Mohawk was a block to the west of this scene, you can still see the northern abutment in the Bing view. When they built the new bridge over the river, they decided to reroute all the streets into one way nightmares and build the stupid mall across the main road. Urban renewal!

Quite a different view today

You are standing on the west corner of Railroad St. looking east down Main St. where the Mall was built right straight across it around 1980.

Our intrepid Bowlers

Last seen here ( Broader view shows the bowling alley on the other side of the street. They probably just left, or are going to the lunch counter at SS Kresge's (which became K Mart)for one of their famous Ice Cream Sundays. In two months their lives would change with the attack on Pearl Harbor, and in all likelihood these young men would soon be in uniform.

S.S. Kresge

There was a Kresges in every city in America it seems. The one in Flint, Mi. had a large lunch counter that snaked from the front of the store to the back! I can still smell the carmel corn and popcorn that hit you when you walked in the front door.


Wow, a Kresges store. I spent many a happy time there in my youth. Of course mine was located in Aurora, Illinois. They are the forerunner of K-Mart.

All replaced by Riverfront Complex?

View from the air:

All those beautiful buildings torn down for the concrete monstrosity squatting where that part of Main Street once was?

A shame.

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