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One of the most beautiful cards in the Earl J. Arnold Advertising Card Collection hails from one of the smallest communities in New York State. Furniture & undertaking & picture frames & carpets, etc., O.F. Heath was involved in several trades. Northville, the small village with a grand reputation, has a Wikipedia page of its own.
Northville, NY, where the chimney swifts return on 6 May every year! Here it is on Google maps:
|Downtown Northville in Aug 2014 as captured by Google Street View|
The two buildings on the right also appear on the postcard below the video.
The building on the right, originally O.F. Heath, 1880's (see enlargement below) as of this early 1900's postcard in the Diver collection houses Garrets Undertaker & Furniture. While this combination of activities most likely would not be carried out in the same storefront today, furniture manufacturers in the 19th century made caskets as well as chairs, etc.
An enlargement of the photo shows a smartly dressed woman getting a sneak peak at the window display of the DeWitt & Co. 5 & 10 cent store:
Sometimes the back of these old postcards have messages. This one hints at an activity, but what is it? Is Archie a dancer?
We get a glimpse of the O.F. Heath storefront itself from another postcard dated 1906:
|entering Northville via Route 920H off Rt. 30,|
Google Street View Aug 2014
|Minor tweaks in Picasa bring forth the outstanding colors in this card.|
A beautiful card from a beautiful village!
|note reflections on polished wood (?) ceiling|
|The railroad and much of Sacandaga Park were swallowed by the creation of Great Sacandaga Lake in 1930.|
...when the sewing machine came into popularity in the middle of the 19th century, it caused a boom in textile production. In Gloversville, New York, the main product of the textile industries was fine leather gloves. 20 years later, there were 116 glove and mitten manufacturers, and the Fonda Johnstown & Gloversville Railroad was constructed to haul their products out to market. What would it be like to experience the railroad 80 years later, in a simulator? We'll find out in this review...at the railyard!"
http://mrhmag.com - Google Maps makes a fabulous research tool to use when studying prototype railroad track routing. In this video companion to the April 2012 issue of Model Railroad Hobbyist, we show how to follow the railroad tracks of the old Nevada-California-Oregon branch of the defunct Western Pacific Railroad (now the Union Pacific Railroad)."
|Not everything is lined up perfectly, but this gives the viewer a good idea|
of what things looked like before and after Great Sacandaga Lake filled.
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