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One Man, Tons of Cement, and a Street Transformed

“Architecture is the biggest unwritten document of history.” — Daniel Libeskind It doesn’t take much effort to love architecture when you consider it to be beautiful. It makes both the motivation to learn more about a building’s history, as well as the desire to save it should it be neglected, much easier. But what if…
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Road sign for Van the Shoe Man

Van the Shoe Man

“…each time I tried a pair of shoes on I got to step on a fluoroscope machine and see my feet and toes inside of the shoes.” – John F. Abess M.D. (on why he enjoyed shopping at Van the Shoe Man, from A Good Place to Live) Shopping for shoes is not something children…
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ghost sign of Kiley's

Sharing More Secrets (of Signs, that is):  Who Were the Artists Behind Them?

Recently, I posted an image on our Instagram account @chapmanmuseum of the Kiley’s sign on the northwest corner of Elm and South St.  Several people recognized and commented on it.  Judging from the likes and messages, this wall painting has a fan club.  The funny thing about signs is that they can transcend their role…
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A cast metal mailbox that bears the raised lettering that states “Letter Box” and an embossed eagle design, beneath which is the company stamp Cutler Mail Chute Company, Rochester, NY.

The Queensbury Hotel’s Cutler Mail Chute

If you have ever wandered through the lobby of the Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls, NY and found yourself by the elevator, you may have noticed an unusual feature.  Attached to the wall is a beautiful cast metal mailbox.  It bears the raised lettering that states “Letter Box” and an embossed eagle design, beneath which…
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