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That's a portrait of Col. Albert Pawling on the wall -- he was the first mayor of Troy.

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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.

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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.

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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.

south end tavern signs at RCHS
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.

Lit up again in Troy

south end tavern signs at RCHS

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...

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I have been in Florida for forty years and I often wonder if there is anything left in Albany or Troy that I remember. I worked for the State of NY at 95 Washington Ave. In Taxation & Finance. Is that building still there? Is the Museum still there? Is the tunnel from the State Office Bldg. To the Capitol still in use? Is the White Tower still there? We would walk downtown for lunch at Woolworths, shop at Whitney's & Myer's. I saw Jerry Lewis & Dean Martin at the Palace Theater. So many wonderful memories. I wonder if Frear's Dept. Store in Troy is still there, Denby's, Peerless, the Troy Theater, Proctor's Theatre, the theaters were so regal with red plush carpeting, brass railings on red carpeted staircases. The ornate guilded dressing tables with gold trimmed floor to ceiling mirrors. The Puritan Luncheonette, Hot dog Charlie's such a wonderful memorable time. I'm so happy to have been a part of thhgat era!

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