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In a special State (Street) of mind

H.S. Barney Co. was once one of downtown Schenectady's most famous shopping stops. The department store was photographed in spring 1937. (Daily Gazette file photo)
H.S. Barney Co. was once one of downtown Schenectady's most famous shopping stops. The department store was photographed in spring 1937. (Daily Gazette file photo)

Frank Sinatra was really singing about Chicago when he belted out, "On State Street, that great street, I just wanna say, they do things they don't do on Broadway ... "

But he could have been singing about Schenectady, and the city, during the 1920s.

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A photo on State Street — taken during a quiet day, judging by the lack of vehicular traffic — shows bunches of business just up the street from Erie Boulevard.

People on State Street were always on the hustle and bustle. The street was full of stores, banks, Proctors theater, small restaurants and even a great metropolitan newspaper. The Schenectady Gazette was located on State Street for most of the 1900s; the newspaper moved to its current home on Maxon Road Extension in 1990. Newspaper chiefs also renamed the paper The Daily Gazette.

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A closer look at the Davidson's grand farewell.

During the 1920s, people shopped at the famous H.S. Barney department store. They visited Davidson's, until management decided to quit, Quit! QUIT!! in 1928. 

Digital Scrapbook is your tour guide today — let's take a stroll on State Street.

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The Schenectady Trust Co. on State Street, photographed in February 1929.

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The Schenectady Trust Co. on State Street, photographed in February 1929.

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The Schenectady Gazette's former headquarters at 332 State St. in downtown Schenectady. This shot was actually taken during the 1940s or 1950s.