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Taking a peek at Schenectady in the ’20s

Taking a peek at Schenectady in the ’20s

Schenectady’s bustling downtown of the 1920s included department stores, restaurants, hardware store
Taking a peek at Schenectady in the ’20s
State Street at Nott Terrace is seen during the early 1920s. (From the Carole Schumacher Collection)
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Men and women left the General Electric Co. during the early 1920s.

Dressed in long skirts and jackets and ties, they walked past the Erie Canal. And past the City Hotel and an assortment of small stores. If they were heading into downtown Schenectady, there were other places to see.

The city’s bustling downtown of the era included department stores, restaurants, hardware stores, banks and real estate offices. People saw advertisements on tops of buildings, and learned there wasn’t a “cough in a carload” of Old Gold cigarettes. They read that new Chevrolet cars offered the “smoothest” rides in the company’s history.

An optometrist used a visual trick to attract customers — a large pair of “eyeglasses” hung near the top of the Felson building at State and Nott Terrace.

People parked their cars in front of banks such as the Union National Bank. The Citizens Trust Co., by the Parker Building at 434 State, received walk-in customers.

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