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Buffalo Will See It Through

  • W. W. Lawson

    Member of the Eagle Hose Co. No. 2, 1880 Preferred Citation: Collection of The Buffalo History Museum. General photograph collection, Persons - L

  • Home of Shredded Wheat, Niagara Falls, N.Y.

    Color postcard of the exterior of the Shredded Wheat factory in Niagara Falls, ca. 1915. Preferred Citation: Collection of The Buffalo History Museum. Postcard Collection, Places - Niagara Falls.

  • Veterans of Wiedrich's Battery, north view

    Photographed on the lawn of the Broadway Arsenal, ca. 1880. Potter Street (now Nash Street) is in the background. White house at right with additions is on the corner of Potter & Broadway. Names of those present are unknown. Preferred Citation: Collection of The Buffalo History Museum. General photograph collection, Military - Wars - Civil War - Regiments - 1st Artillery

  • M.H. Birge & Sons

    Exterior of M.H. Birge wallpaper factory on Seventh Street, corner of Maryland. Preferred citation: Collection of The Buffalo History Museum. Buffalo city directory, 1886, p. 121.

  • M.H. Birge & Sons Wallpaper factory

    Exterior view of M.H. Birge wallpaper factory at the corner of Niagara and Maryland Streets, ca. 1925. Preferred citation: Collection of The Buffalo History Museum. Birge Collection, Mss. C77-02, Box 5, Folder 1.

  • Buffalo, New York. Mrs. Grimm, a twenty-six year old widow, with six children under twelve, is a crane operator in a war plant. Her two youngest children live in a foster home during the week.

    [Untitled photo, possibly related to: Buffalo, New York. Mrs. Grimm, a twenty-six year old widow, with six children under twelve, is a crane operator in a war plant. Her two youngest children live in a foster home during the week. Their foster mother, Mrs. Hehr, gave a birthday party for Mona, two]. Photographed by Marjory Collins for the Farm Security Administration, May 1943. From Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress: [Untitled photo, possibly related to: Buffalo, New York. Mrs. Grimm, a twenty-six year old widow, with six children under twelve, is a crane operator in a war plant. Her two youngest children live in a foster home during the week. Their foster mother, Mrs. Hehr, gave a birthday party for Mona, two]. https://www.loc.gov/item/2017853135/

  • Buffalo, New York. Mrs. Grimm, a twenty-six year old widow with six children who is a crane operator at Pratt and Letchworth, occasionally has her hair done after work

    Buffalo, New York. Mrs. Grimm, a twenty-six year old widow with six children who is a crane operator at Pratt and Letchworth, occasionally has her hair done after work. Photographed by Marjory Collins for the Farm Security Administration, May 1943. From Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress: "Buffalo, New York. Mrs. Grimm, a twenty-six year old widow with six children who is a crane operator at Pratt and Letchworth, occasionally has her hair done after work." https://www.loc.gov/item/2017854068/

  • Survivors of Wiedrich's Battery

    Veterans at the unveiling of their monument at Gettysburg, May 1889. Preferred Citation: Collection of The Buffalo History Museum. General photograph collection, Military - Wars - Civil War - Regiments - 1st Artillery

  • Ask for Buffalo Made

    Illustration promoting goods manufactured in Buffalo, artist unknown. Extraneous text has been digitally removed by museum staff. Preferred Citation: Collection of The Buffalo History Museum. Buffalo Live Wire, November 1911, front cover.

  • Dr. Ebenezer Johnson

    Lithographed portrait of Dr. Ebenezer Johnson (1786-1849), the first mayor of Buffalo. Preferred Citation: Collection of The Buffalo History Museum. General photograph collection, Persons - Johnson

  • Bessemer furnace first blowing

    First blowing of steel out of Bessemer furnace, Bethlehem Steel factory, then known as Lackawanna Steel, October 20, 1903. Preferred Citation: Collection of The Buffalo History Museum. Picture .B48, Bethlehem Steel collection: Production, Folder 48

  • Iroquois Brewery detail

    Exterior of buildings at the Iroquois Brewing Co., Broadway & Pratt, 1972. Preferred Citation: Collection of The Buffalo History Museum. General photograph collection, Buildings - Factories - Breweries.

  • 1547-1553 Hertel Avenue

    Exterior views of 1547-1553 Hertel Avenue, including La Hacienda Pizzeria, 1972. Preferred Citation: Collection of The Buffalo History Museum. General photograph collection, Streets - Hertel.

  • Rev. E. Jesse Nash and others

    Rev. E. Jesse Nash and others at Elmwood Music Hall, ca. September 5, 1913. This specially-priced download is a high-resolution 1200 JPG, ideal for wall-sized murals. Preferred Citation: Collection of The Buffalo History Museum. Mary B. Talbert photograph collection, Picture . T35, folder 9

  • Veterans of Wiedrich's Battery, south view

    Photographed on the lawn of the Broadway Arsenal, ca. 1880. Potter Street (now Nash Street) is in the background. Brick house at right (cropped) may be 60 Potter Street. Names of those present are unknown. Preferred Citation: Collection of The Buffalo History Museum. General photograph collection, Military - Wars - Civil War - Regiments - 1st Artillery

  • Hanry Ware Sprague family

    Back row, left to right: Carl Sprague, Mary Noyes Sprague, Henry Ware Sprague. Front row: John S. Noyes Sprague. Photograph by Hall, date unknown. Preferred Citation: Collection of The Buffalo History Museum. Sprague photograph collection, Picture .S67, Box 2.

  • Mrs. Grimm, a twenty-six year old widow with six children who is a crane operator at Pratt and Letchworth, having her hair done after work

    Buffalo, New York. Mrs. Grimm, a twenty-six year old widow with six children who is a crane operator at Pratt and Letchworth, having her hair done after work. Photographed by Marjory Collins for the Farm Security Administration, May 1943. From Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress: "Buffalo, New York. Mrs. Grimm, a twenty-six year old widow with six children who is a crane operator at Pratt and Letchworth, having her hair done after work." https://www.loc.gov/item/2017854078/

  • Buffalo, New York. Mrs. Grimm, a twenty-six year old widow with six children under twelve, works as a crane operator in a war plant.

    Buffalo, New York. Mrs. Grimm, a twenty-six year old widow with six children under twelve, works as a crane operator in a war plant. For work she wears slacks, which can be buttoned around, and safety shoes, which have inner metal plates in toes for protection from falling weights. Photographed by Marjory Collins for the Farm Security Administration, May 1943. From Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress: "Buffalo, New York. Mrs. Grimm, a twenty-six year old widow with six children under twelve, works as a crane operator in a war plant. For work she wears slacks, which can be buttoned around, and safety shoes, which have inner metal plates in toes for protection from falling weights." https://www.loc.gov/item/2017854073/

  • Buffalo, New York. Patsy Grimm, age six, dusting and Mary Grimm, eight, sweeping in the front room.

    Buffalo, New York. Patsy Grimm, age six, dusting and Mary Grimm, eight, sweeping in the front room. Their mother, a twenty-six year old widow, is a crane operator at Pratt and Letchworth. Photographed by Marjory Collins for the Farm Security Administration, May 1943. From Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress: ""Buffalo, New York. Patsy Grimm, age six, dusting and Mary Grimm, eight, sweeping in the front room. Their mother, a twenty-six year old widow, is a crane operator at Pratt and Letchworth." https://www.loc.gov/item/2017853203/

  • Transcribing Letters from Phonograph Dictation

    Women clerks at work on the second floor, east side, of the Larkin Administration Building, ca. 1912. The visitors' gallery overlooks the desks. Preferred Citation: Collection of The Buffalo History Museum. Larkin Company photograph collection, Picture .L37, #2-51.

  • Moog, Inc.

    Interior of the Moog production facility, 2500 Walden Avenue, 1983. Left to right: Scott Chapman, Ralph White. Preferred Citation: Collection of The Buffalo History Museum. General photograph collection, Buildings - Factories - Electronics; walden avenue

  • Ebenezer Johnson

    Lithographed portrait of Dr. Ebenezer Johnson (1786-1849), the first mayor of Buffalo. Preferred Citation: Collection of The Buffalo History Museum. General photograph collection, Persons - Johnson

  • Iroquois Ale and Beer

    Exterior view of Iroquois Ale and Brew, Broadway & Pratt, date and photographer unknown. Iroquois closed in 1971. Preferred Citation: Collection of The Buffalo History Museum. General photograph collection, Buildings - Factories - Breweries.

  • Portrait of Red Jacket by anonymous artist

    Discovered under wallpaper on the wall of the former Judge Theodore Hulett home in Niagara Falls, N.Y., this painting dates from around 1869 and was uncovered and photographed in 1939. Preferred Citation: Collection of The Buffalo History Museum. General photograph collection, Indians - Persons - Red Jacket.

  • 308 Florida Street

    Exterior view of 308 Florida Street, photographer unknown, ca. 1970? Preferred Citation: Collection of The Buffalo History Museum. General photograph collection, Streets - Florida.

  • Larkin Factories postcard

    Double-width color postcard of the Larkin company complex, ca. 1910. This specially-priced download is a high-resolution 3200 JPG, ideal for wall-sized murals. Preferred Citation: Collection of The Buffalo History Museum. Larkin Company photograph collection, Picture .L37, Series 3, Folder 9.

  • Capt. Solon W. Stocking

    Captain Solon W. Stocking, enlisted March 29, 1863, Battery K, 1st Light Artillery (Weidrich's Battery), Sept, 4, 1864, Washington, DC. Red pigment was applied to the photograph. Preferred Citation: Collection of The Buffalo History Museum. General photograph collection, Military - Wars - Civil War - Regiments - 1st Artillery

  • Mary Noyes Sprague

    Mary Noyes Sprague, ca. 1880, photographer unknown. Preferred Citation: Collection of The Buffalo History Museum. Sprague photograph collection, Picture .S67, Box 2.

  • The Grimm family eating Sunday dinner. Mrs. Grimm, a twenty-six year old widow, is a crane operator at Pratt and Letchworth.

    Buffalo, New York. The Grimm family eating Sunday dinner. Mrs. Grimm, a twenty-six year old widow, is a crane operator at Pratt and Letchworth. The two youngest children live in a foster home during the week. Photographed by Marjory Collins for the Farm Security Administration, May 1943. From Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress: "Buffalo, New York. The Grimm family eating Sunday dinner. Mrs. Grimm, a twenty-six year old widow, is a crane operator at Pratt and Letchworth. The two youngest children live in a foster home during the week." https://www.loc.gov/item/2017853623/

  • Buffalo, New York. The Grimm family sitting in the living room after supper on a Sunday evening.

    Buffalo, New York. The Grimm family sitting in the living room after supper on a Sunday evening. Mrs. Grimm, a twenty-six year old widow, is a crane operator at Pratt and Letchworth. The two youngest children live in a foster home during the week. Photographed by Marjory Collins for the Farm Security Administration, May 1943. From Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress: "Buffalo, New York. The Grimm family sitting in the living room after supper on a Sunday evening. Mrs. Grimm, a twenty-six year old widow, is a crane operator at Pratt and Letchworth. The two youngest children live in a foster home during the week." https://www.loc.gov/item/2017853644/

  • Buffalo, New York. Mrs. Grimm, a twenty-six year old widow, with six children under twelve, is a crane operator in a war plant.

    Buffalo, New York. Mrs. Grimm, a twenty-six year old widow, with six children under twelve, is a crane operator in a war plant. Her two youngest children live in a foster home during the week. Their foster mother, Mrs. Hehr, gave a birthday party for Mona, two. Photographed by Marjory Collins for the Farm Security Administration, May 1943. From Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress: "Buffalo, New York. Mrs. Grimm, a twenty-six year old widow, with six children under twelve, is a crane operator in a war plant. " https://www.loc.gov/item/2017853101/

  • We Believe in the Bills

    Bills vs. Raiders game, September 28, 1980. Fans are holding hand-lettered sign reading, "We believe in the Bills." Final score was Bills 24, Raiders 7. Preferred Citation: Collection of The Buffalo History Museum. General photograph collection, Sports & Recreation - Football.

  • Central Court of the Larkin Administration Building

    Rendering of the light court in the Larkin Building, artist unknown, 1925. Preferred Citation: Collection of The Buffalo History Museum. Buffalo Live Wire, May 1925, p. 14

  • Great Gorge Route Searchlight

    Platform for the Great Gorge Route searchlight, Niagara Falls, NY, August 2, 1927. Preferred Citation: Collection of The Buffalo History Museum. Niagara Falls photograph collection, Picture .N54, 7-B, Great Gorge Route, Box 10, Folder 15, Envelope 7

  • Iroquois Brewing Co. postcard

    Color postcard with four interior views of the Iroquois Brewing Co., ca. 1965. Preferred Citation: Collection of The Buffalo History Museum. General photograph collection, Buildings - Factories - Breweries.

  • Group of Chiefs at the Grave of Red Jacket

    At right, in the black suit and tie, is George Hazard. The other men are Chester Lay, Solomon O'Bail (grandson of Cornplanter), William Nephew (grandson of Black Snake), George Hemlock, Aleck John, Albert G. Smith, and John Jacket (grandson of Red Jacket). Photographed in June 1892 at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

  • Major Noah's Proposed Site for Ararat

    Artist's conception of Whitehaven on the eastern shore of Grand Island, opposite Tonawanda, NY. The East Boston Lumber Company had sawmills here from the 1830s into the 1850s. Major Mordecai Noah hoped to establish the city of Ararat, a refuge for Jews, at this location in 1825. Illustration by E.R. Menge, date unknown. Preferred Citation: Collection of The Buffalo History Museum. Goldome/Nagle photograph collection, Picture .G65, Places-Grand Island, 50-61.

  • Larkin Administration Building, 3200

    Exterior of Larkin Administration Building, 1934. This specially-priced download is a high-resolution 3200 JPG, ideal for wall-sized murals. Preferred Citation: Collection of The Buffalo History Museum. Larkin Company photograph collection, Picture .L37, Series 1, Folder 3.

  • Larkin Administration Building

    Interior of the Larkin Administration Building, central court looking south showing employees at work. This specially-priced download is a high-resolution 3200 JPG, ideal for wall-sized murals. Preferred Citation: Collection of The Buffalo History Museum. Larkin Company photograph collection, Picture .L37, Series 2, Folder 12.

  • Mary Noyes Sprague

    Undated photo of Mary Noyes Sprague (Mrs. Henry Ware Sprague) at a costume party. Preferred Citation: Collection of The Buffalo History Museum. General photograph collection, Persons - Sprague

  • Beverly Ann Grimm, eleven, serving an omelette for Saturday lunch for her sisters and herself, while Pasty looks on. Their mother, a twenty-six year old widow, is a crane operator at Pratt and Letchworth

    [Untitled photo, possibly related to: Buffalo, New York. Beverly Ann Grimm, eleven, serving an omelette for Saturday lunch for her sisters and herself, while Pasty looks on. Their mother, a twenty-six year old widow, is a crane operator at Pratt and Letchworth]. Photographed by Marjory Collins for the Farm Security Administration, May 1943. From Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress: [Untitled photo, possibly related to: Buffalo, New York. Beverly Ann Grimm, eleven, serving an omelette for Saturday lunch for her sisters and herself, while Pasty looks on. Their mother, a twenty-six year old widow, is a crane operator at Pratt and Letchworth] https://www.loc.gov/item/2017853202/

  • Buffalo, New York. Mrs. Grimm, a twenty-six year old widow with six children who is a crane operator at Pratt and Letchworth (note the PL on her uniform), makers of castings used for ships, tanks, etc.

    Buffalo, New York. Mrs. Grimm, a twenty-six year old widow with six children who is a crane operator at Pratt and Letchworth (note the PL on her uniform), makers of castings used for ships, tanks, etc. Photographed by Marjory Collins for the Farm Security Administration, May 1943. From Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress: "Buffalo, New York. Mrs. Grimm, a twenty-six year old widow with six children who is a crane operator at Pratt and Letchworth (note the PL on her uniform), makers of castings used for ships, tanks, etc." https://www.loc.gov/item/2017854071/

  • Mrs. Grimm, twenty-six year old widow

    Mrs. Grimm, twenty-six year old widow, operates a crane at the Pratt and Letchworth plant. Photographed by Marjory Collins for the Farm Security Administration, May 1943. From Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress: "Mrs. Grimm, twenty-six year old widow operating a crane at the Pratt and Letchworth plant." https://www.loc.gov/item/2017852133/

  • Peace in Union

    Surrender at Appomattox, with Generals Grant and Lee. Artist's conception by Thomas Nast, 1895. Preferred Citation: Collection of The Buffalo History Museum. General photograph collection, Persons - Parker, Ely

  • St. John Kanty

    Exterior view of St. John Kanty Roman Catholic Church, Broadway at Swinburne, ca. 1930. Preferred Citation: Collection of The Buffalo History Museum. General photograph collection, Buildings - Religious - Churches - Roman Catholic

  • Casino/Bath House at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park

    Exterior view of the Casino/Bath House boarded up, June 11, 1982. Preferred Citation: Collection of The Buffalo History Museum. General photograph collection, Parks - Buffalo and Erie County - King

  • Iroquois Brewing Co., Buffalo, N.Y.

    "Brewing in Buffalo: The New Brewery of the Iroquois Brewing Co." Artist's conception of the Iroquois Brewing Company, 1893. Preferred Citation: Collection of The Buffalo History Museum. General photograph collection, Buildings - Factories - Breweries.

  • Peter Young Clothier

    Exterior of Peter Young's men's clothing store, 582 Genesee Street, date unknown. Shows Peter Young, his son-in-law Frank Matlock, and his grandson Corwin Young Matlock. Preferred Citation: Collection of The Buffalo History Museum. General photograph collection, Buildings - Business & Commercial - Men's Clothing


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