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The Barber of Poughkeepsie: 1904

The Barber of Poughkeepsie: 1904

1904. "Nelson House, Poughkeepsie, N.Y." Whose resident barber, Louis L. Herles, offers "Hair Cutting, Shampooing, Shaving & __." Note also: "Ladies' Entrance." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Photographic Co. View full size.

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Parked a very hungry horse too close to that tree.

Not quite gone yet.

Heavily altered, but what remains from an earlier demolition is still somewhat recognizable.

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Postcard perfect

From the 1950s.

Borrowing a Line:

From Joni Mitchell ....... they did tear it down and put up a parking
lot. For real!


All these Poughkeepsie pictures are bringing back great memories of my college days at Vassar. The Poughkeepsie Journal has an 2012 article and four-minute video with wonderful Nelson House stories. Unfortunately, the video ends with pictures of its demolition.

I learned something from this photo.

I had no idea you could park a bike at a curb without using a kickstand.

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And a nice assortment of calendars.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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