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Google Maps & The Past

On November 8, 2012 By

Google has done us all the remarkable favor of capturing images of cities and towns across America and making those images accessible for free in the Streetview of Google Maps. Across New York, we have contemporary street-level views which we can compare with our historic photos in New York Heritage. Sometimes this is a challenge, [...]

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The last post got a lot of responses (and we do love an adoring public), so now we’ll share the secret to our stereoscopic animations.

Take this image from the fantastic Buffalo Olmsted Parks Postcards & Stereo Views collection:

Right click the image and select “copy image.” In Photoshop, create a [...]

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Stereograph Animations

On October 17, 2012 By

Inspired by the New York Public Library’s Stereogranimator (, we’ve created a few animated stereographs from the collections on New York Heritage!

Stereoscopic cards were precursors to the iconic View Master toy.  Users slid the stereograph into a viewer and looked at each half of the image with a different eye, causing an [...]

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The battle of Antietam ended 150 years ago today, and to honor the memory of those who served, we will highlight some of the fantastic images from the New York State Military Museum collection on New York Heritage.

This collection includes hundreds and hundreds of photographic portraits [...]

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The Albany Institute of History & Art was founded in 1791, making it one of the oldest museums in the country. They have over one million items representing the broad history and culture of the upper Hudson Valley area.

This image is of a souvenir paperweight with an albumen silver photographic print [...]

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Historical Newspapers of the Rochester, New York Region is a growing collection of newspapers from the Rochester area.

The Brockport Republic is a newspaper from the Village of Brockport, which lies to the west of Rochester in Monroe County. Today, Brockport has about 8,000 residents and is home to the State University of New [...]

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The Fifth Freedom

On June 1, 2012 By

June is LGBT Pride month! Buffalo State College has digitized the most complete known collection of Fifth Freedom. Fifth Freedom was the official publication of Western New York’s most prominent early gay rights organization, the Mattachine Society of the Niagara Frontier. These issues span from 1970 to 1983.

The national [...]

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