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VINTAGE ALBANY-Historic Floods

By   /  July 1, 2012  /  Vintage Albany  /  Comments Off

Vintage Albany Flood

Tweet Left: Two men attempt to rescue a cow during the flood of 1925; Right: Asa Tift   July seventh will mark the eighteenth anniversary of Albany’s “flood of the century” when Tropical Storm Alberto stalled out over parts of Georgia, Alabama and Florida. Though Albany only received a total of 6.88 inches of rain [...]

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VINTAGE ALBANY-A History Timeline Part Two

By   /  June 26, 2012  /  News, Vintage Albany  /  Comments Off

Walter Brennan and Brandon De Wilde on the set of Goodbye My Lady 1956(1)

Tweet Actors Walter Brennan and Brandon De Wilde on the set of Goodbye My Lady taken in 1956. The film was made in the Albany area and was about a boy and his Basenji dog named Lady. NOTE: Much of the material for the following timeline came from History and Reminiscences of Dougherty County Georgia, [...]

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VINTAGE ALBANY-Notable Albanians Part One

By   /  June 18, 2012  /  News, Vintage Albany  /   Comments

L-R, Young Ray (Ragsdale) Stevens playing a piano in an Albany Steak house in the mid 1950s, Wallingford Riegger in Germany in 1930, Everette and young Harry James circus photo in 1922.

Tweet     A lot of famous people were either born in Albany or lived here including the “three Rays” (Charles, Stevens and Knight). Albany has been home at one time or another to many actors/actresses, singers, artists, athletes and composers. Singer and composer Ray Charles (Robinson) was born in Albany in 1930, the family [...]

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VINTAGE ALBANY- Early Travel

By   /  May 8, 2012  /  News, Vintage Albany  /   Comments

Early Travel

Tweet     Before Albany was founded, travel through the area was either by steamboat or by traveling the “Old Federal Road.” The Old Federal Road was made sometime before 1805 and was in use during the Creek Indian wars. The Cherokee gave free access to settlers to use the road through their territories. The [...]

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VINTAGE ALBANY: AFD Chief D.W. Brosnan

By   /  April 29, 2012  /  News, Vintage Albany  /   Comments

Vintage Albany Brosnan

Tweet     AFD Chief D.W. “Bill” Brosnan circa 1920 or earlier   According to the City of Albany’s own website, D. W. “Bill” Brosnan became Albany’s fire chief on November 11, 1911. He became the most famous fire chief in all of Albany’s history and held the position for forty years. Brosnan was well [...]

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VINTAGE ALBANY: African-Americans in 1800’s Albany

By   /  April 16, 2012  /  News, Vintage Albany  /   Comments

Left Dorcas Bryant, Right Professor James L. Murray

Tweet     People often have pre-conceived ideas about historical periods, thanks in part to Hollywood. However history is at its best when it is presented on a smaller more personal level, the history of real people in real towns dealing with what seem to most of us, extraordinary circumstances. Life in 1800’s Albany would [...]

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VINTAGE ALBANY: The Chehaw Massacre

By   /  April 8, 2012  /  News, Vintage Albany  /   Comments

Chehaw monument(1)

Tweet   The Creek War, also called the Red Sticks War, lasted from 1813 to 1814. During this time many of the Upper Creek (Muscogee) had been moving southward from Alabama and Georgia into the open territories in Florida. A civil war between the creek themselves began. The “Red Sticks”, Upper Creek, allied themselves with [...]

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Vintage Albany: Camp Churchman

By   /  March 18, 2012  /  News, Vintage Albany  /   Comments

Camp Churchman Missouri soldiers

Tweet     Editor’s note: This is the first Vintage Albany column, a continuation and expansion of our popular Vintage Albany photo feature.  This will not normally be found on our front page, but we hope you will continue to enjoy it. Tensions between the US and Spain had been growing strong ever since the [...]

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