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Images from the city’s heyday

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John Collier Jr. documented the waterfront and downtown Amsterdam during a photo shoot for the U.S. government in October 1941. His pictures capture the spirit of Mohawk Valley residents battered by the Great Depression and about to be thrust into war. Collier was born in 1913 in Sparkill, N.Y. His father, John Collier Sr., was an advocate for the rights of Native Americans who served as U.S. commissioner of Indian Affairs from 1933 to 1945. ...


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