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Vintage Albany

By   /  July 24, 2012  /  Uncategorized, Vintage Albany  /  Comments Off

Vintage_Albany_Downtown_before_1986

Tweet Top left and right the 200 block of Broad Avenue, middle left Court Alley, middle right Washington Street, bottom the 200 block of Pine Avenue. All these buildings and more were razed in the mid 1980′s to make way for the Government Center, the School Administration building, the Federal Courthouse, the Dougherty County Tax [...]

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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-AHS Football Champs of 1959

By   /  June 4, 2012  /  News, Vintage Albany  /   Comments

1959 Indians Football Team(1)

Tweet High school football was always a favorite in Albany. Perhaps one of the highlights of football here occurred with the Albany High Indians Football season of 1959. The team was coached by John Tillitski, Pat Field and Bob Fowler and Graham Lowe was also on the coaching staff. The team included many names well-known [...]

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VINTAGE ALBANY: Currency

By   /  May 27, 2012  /  Vintage Albany  /   Comments

Vintage Albany Bank Notes

Tweet The top photo is of a $10 banknote issued by The City National Bank of Albany, Georgia in 1929. According to Vintage Albany Member, Alton Allen, one reason banks issued their own currency was because the US government wanted to track how and where money was being spent after the stock market crash of [...]

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VINTAGE ALBANY- Baseball and Albany

By   /  May 21, 2012  /  Betty Rehberg, News, Vintage Albany  /   Comments

Vintage Albany_Baseball(1)

Tweet   The game of baseball became a craze in the US by the mid 1850’s when it was introduced in New York. Baseball has a long history with Albany as well. Going back at least to the 1870’s when Albany had the D. E. Smith ball club.  One of Albany’s early baseball parks was [...]

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VINTAGE ALBANY: J.D. Gortatowsky

By   /  May 14, 2012  /  News, Vintage Albany  /   Comments

Gortotowsky Vintage Albany(2)

Tweet   Young Gorty in 1903, Center: the painting Fete Nocturne,  Right: Ciro’s nightclub in NYC with Herman Hover Louella Parsons and J. D. Gortatowsky in 1955   Jacob Dewey Gortatowsky was born in Albany in 1885, the son of Prussian (Germany later Poland)  immigrant Morris D. Gortatowsky and Mary Casper Gortatowsky of Griffin, Georgia, Morris [...]

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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 Off

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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