That's a portrait of Col. Albert Pawling on the wall -- he was the first mayor of Troy.
That chair is a "Centripetal Spring Arm Chair" that was patented by Troy manufacturer Thomas E. Warren around the mid 19th century. It was built on cast iron springs, originally to make railroad furniture more comfortable.
In 1913 there was an idea to merge Troy, Watervliet, Green Island, Cohoes, and Waterford. (Troy had recently incorporated Lansingburgh.) One of the names used for this proposed municipality: Watercotroy.
You might have seen this illustration before -- we wrote about it a few years back. It's from a program for the Troy centennial in 1916.
The Rensselaer County Historical Society bought the signs with the help of a group of donors. No Name Signs,
Van's Von's Garage, and Precision Glass and Aluminum then pitched in to help refurbish the signs and mount them.
We were in downtown Troy Friday afternoon so we took a moment to check out the new Visions of Troy exhibit commemorating the bicentennial of the city at the Rensselaer County Historical Society. The exhibit just opened and it's worth a look because it includes a bunch of interesting pieces from Troy's history.
But if anything, it's worth stopping in just to gawk at the old South End Tavern signs -- including the famous "Ladies Entrance" sign -- that RCHS bought last year as part of the liquidation sale at the old tavern property. The org got some repairs done on the signs and they're on display in their neon glory.
The Visions of Troy exhibit will be on display throughout 2016. Here are a few more pics from it...
The pics are above in large format -- click or scroll all the way up.
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