Monday, October 15, 2012

The More Things Change . . .

Sometimes you make your best discoveries while looking for something else. Such was the case when I came upon a full-page feature in a 1956 issue of the Albany Knickerbocker News entitled "Hudson Wants Industry, and More Room to Put It." Click on the title to see the full page, which can be enlarged and is definitely worth browsing. Almost all of the same issues being talked about today were being talked about 56 years ago. 

One of the photographs in the feature is the one shown below. The caption reads: "Man and City--Washington Irving Van Der Poel leans on the railing of the General Worth Hotel porch and looks out over the rooftops of Hudson. Below him is Warren St., the city's main thoroughfare. Mr. Van Der Poel, a former newspaperman, is executive secretary of the Greater Hudson Chamber of Commerce." 


  1. Very interesting reading. The article states that the population was a five figure amount (Hard to read), noting it was less than in 1930 (12,337).
    We had 23 police officers and two... that's two... squad cars.

    How many cars do we have now, for half the population? (Same land area)

  2. That is fascinating.All of it. Was that the way the train station was originally built?The article on Oakdale Beach and the founding of Youth Bureau,couldn't be more timely.Youth Director Louis A. Pierro, related to Cappi ?

    1. The answer to your question about the train station, Prison Alley, is no. The train station was meticulously restored to its original appearance in 1992 or 1993. There is substantial pictorial evidence that the train station today it looks as it did when it was built in the 19th century.

  3. They did a beautiful restoring the station.It was so strange to see that photo.