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At the Herman Melville House

What the H?

It happens. For much of Lansingburgh’s history, when it had been spelled without an h at the end that had been done in error. For some reason, Troy’s Times Record newspaper starting around 1935 insisted on spelling Lansingburgh without a… Continue Reading →

manila hemp hats for ladies (1842)

From the Albany Atlas. STATE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY.[…] Mr. Walsh of Lansingburgh presented a ladies hat, made of manilla hemp, and in some pertinent remarks urged the members to endeavor to introduce hats of this description into general use.—The hat presented… Continue Reading →

John Deviddio Hopes to Become Champion Tree Sitter of the World

BURGH BOY SETS OUT TO MAKE NEW ENDURANCE MARK — John Deviddio Hopes to Become Champion Tree Sitter of the World at 112th Street Playground. The endurance contest craze which has swept the country hit Troy today when a Lansingburgh… Continue Reading →


What was the first place in Lansingburgh to serve pizza? Possibly Uncle George’s Grill, 328 Fifth Avenue, which offered it in 1952? There may have been earlier venues to do so in Lansingburgh, and certainly within Troy. An April 8,… Continue Reading →

“Sage Blind Girl Studies As Inspiration to Others” (1936)

Sage Blind Girl Studies As Inspiration to Others Determined to take her place in a world which she will never see, Miss Peggy Painton of 512 Third Avenue, blind sophomore at Russell Sage College, today gave a reporter for The… Continue Reading →

“Troy in Motion Pictures” (1917)

TROY IN MOTION PICTURES. — Presentation of City’s History, Activities and Scenes—Departure and Return of Second Regiment—To Be Shown This Week. In observance of what will be known as Second Regiment Week, troy, its history, scenes, buildings, industries, organizations and… Continue Reading →

Troy wit (1856)

☞ A musical festival comes off in the Garden on New Year’s Eve. The Orchestra consists of two hornpipes and six canary birds. After the festival, “Lamb” will recite his Carriers address. Admittance two pistareens. The Trustees and Batestown visitors… Continue Reading →

The Burgh is the Word

“Buy in the ‘Burg” was an advertising slogan used in the Troy Times from 1924 to 1928 or so, with “Buy in the ‘Burgh” (with the h) from about 1929 to 1931. Troy Times. December 16, 1924: 3 col 1…. Continue Reading →

Eliza Bennett the “fair Thief” (1817)

From the Albany Argus, of August 22. A Fair Thief.—A person was brought before the police yesterday, on a charge of larceny, whose case has excited considerable interest. The prisoner has been for some time a hack driver between this… Continue Reading →

Lansingburgh’s “L” Train

An “ L.” Road. A movement was Monday set on foot working to the construction of an elevated road between Troy and Lansingburgh. The road is to be surveyed through the alley between John and Congress streets [Fourth Avenue and… Continue Reading →

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