|Evelyn & Robert Monthie Slide Collection|CCHS|
Technology in the past quarter century has made preserving and sharing old photography easier. In 2015, Peter Cipkowski made his grandfather's home movies of life in Hudson available on YouTube. This morning, Ralph Del Pozzo introduced me to a wonderful online collection of photographs, the work of Howard Gibson, a professional photographer who lived in Germantown from 1947 until his death in 1978. Bruce Bohnsack purchased a collection of Gibson's work from his estate and has created a website to memorialize Gibson and share his work: photobygibson.com.
The subject of much of the collection is, of course, Germantown, but there is an entire section--133 photos--devoted to the City of Hudson. Most of the pictures were taken in the '50s and '60s and show such things as the exterior and the interior of the Half Moon in 1960, the train station before it was restored in the 1990s, the beach at Oakdale in 1951 and 1960, boat races at the Hudson Power Boat Association in 1951, opening day in 1960 of the Dairy Queen on Green Street, and Democratic Party fundraisers held in the ballroom of the General Worth Hotel in 1952 and 1960 at which Eleanor Roosevelt was the guest of honor.
Along with Gibson's own mid-century photographs, the collection includes some older images, dating from 1917. An example is this picture of 508 Warren Street, back in the day when it was the Miller brothers' barbershop and the building next door was the Star Theater.
It's a wonderful collection, and I urge readers to explore and enjoy it. Thank you, Bruce Bohnsack, for making these images available to all.
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