Items tagged with 'Tim Varney'

The curiosities, sideshows, and phantasmagoria of the old Albany Museum

Albany State Street 1848 painting John Wilson

In this 1848 painting of State Street in Albany by John Wilson, the Albany Museum is on the right in the building with the colonnade. (Head over to the Albany Institute collection for a closer look.) / image: Albany Institute of History & Art

By Tim Varney

In the early 19th century, Henry Trowbridge and Harry Meech housed more than 200,000 natural and artificial curiosities at their Albany Museum. Life-sized sized wax figures, phantasmagoria shows, cosmorama, magicians, necromancers, lusus naturae, an Egyptian mummy, and traveling sideshows. All could be seen for the price of a quarter.

The museum started in the upstairs in the old city hall in 1809 and eventually moved to a beautifully colonnaded building at the corner of State and Broadway. It was part of a wave of "dime museums" that were sprouting up in cities across the nation.

They mixed amusement with education -- or, at least, what qualified then as education -- and were centers of family entertainment at the time.

(there's more)

What's All Over Albany?

All Over Albany is for interested and interesting people in New York's Capital Region. In other words, it's for you. It's kind of like having a smart, savvy friend who can help you find out what's up. Oh, and our friends call us AOA.

Search

Recently on All Over Albany

Martin Luther King Jr. Day events 2018

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and there are celebrations and commemorations all around the area this weekend. Here's a handful of them...... (more)

Midday music break: bell's roar

Check it out: bell's roar has a new album out today, We Carry Us. There's a track from it -- "Celebrate" -- embedded above.... (more)

How old?

A sort of tangent to that map of Albany mayor homes since the Civil War... The city of Albany publishes an inventory of residential buildings... (more)

Stuff to do this weekend

Welcome to our weekly look at stuff to do this weekend, cleverly titled, Stuff to Do This Weekend. After the jump, a few things we... (more)

Morning Blend

Guilty plea in fatal Washington Park hit-and-run Jose Martinez -- accused of hitting Rajine Martinez while she was in a road in Washington Park last... (more)

Recent Comments

... Try parochial schools or any place with a cafetorium (non wood floor large spaces), indoor tennis facilities (years ago the place that is now Afrims put boards around a court and had roller hockey games), community centers, YMCAs, public schools, unrented large retail spaces, watervliet (2nd ave) and albany (hoffman park) have rec centers with large open spaces, the Armory on New Scotland ave used to hold rugby practices in it.

The week ahead

...has 3 comments, most recently from Greg

How old?

...has 4 comments, most recently from chrisck

Where every Albany mayor since the Civil War has lived

...has 8 comments, most recently from james

James Baldwin Celebration at UAlbany

...has 1 comment, most recently from Kathy Pakay

Stuff to do this weekend

...has 1 comment, most recently from Cf