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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: A History Timeline

By   /  June 11, 2012  /  News, Vintage Albany  /  Comments Off

Vintage Albany_ A History Timeline

Tweet Top: the Bridge House/Tift Hall after it became Keenan Auto, Bottom: Carnegie Library and the bridge that replaced the burned Horace King Bridge. 1841- Albany gets its first newspaper, The Southwest Georgian, later renamed The Courier. The paper went out of business in 1849. By 1845 Nelson Tift and a business partner had started the second [...]

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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- Albany “Firsts”

By   /  April 24, 2012  /  News, Vintage Albany  /  Comments Off

Vintage Albany Airmail

Tweet     Left first airmail flight December 28, 1911; Upper right Thornwell H. Andrews, of Charlotte, N.C. in the cockpit of a 1911 Curtis biplane. This photo was taken in June of 1932, two years before his death. Lower right; first airmail stamp.      Albany has had many “firsts” over the decades. Journal [...]

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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: When Hollywood came to town

By   /  April 1, 2012  /  Vintage Albany  /   Comments

Vintage Albany Pardners_Biscuit eater copy

Tweet         Hollywood discovered Albany many decades before Sherwood Baptist Church and Sherwood Pictures began making the movies  in 2002 that have since helped put Albany on the map. One of the first films made in Albany was in 1927, titled “Pardners”, it was a film produced by the American Forestry Association [...]

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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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Vintage Albany

By   /  March 4, 2012  /  News, Vintage Albany  /  Comments Off

Vintage Albany Blue Springs

Tweet   This photo is of the Arrington Family get together on July 4, 1915 at Blue Springs in Albany. Blue Springs was originally named Skywater by the native-Americans. It was later named Radium Springs in 1925, around the time the old Casino was built because of trace elements of radium detected in the water. [...]

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