Members of the U.S. Marine Corps stand at attention on Sept. 5, 1947, the day the “Freedom of ’76” locomotive was christened at the American Locomotive Co.
Keith Holmes of Granville, a toll collector for the New York State Thruway at Carman during the winter of 1958, holds up his hands to halt cars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 1958. Heavy snows in central and western New York forced state officials to close the Thruway from Albany to Buffalo.
Irene Isabella had just celebrated her first birthday in April 1962 when she and her aunt, Pat Mastroianni, went for a spring walk in Schenectady’s Bellevue neighborhood.
Trooper Beth Penfold gives Mary Beth Phelan a ride on a state police four-legged transport during the spring of 1977.
The kitchen crew at Petta’s prepares bread and sauce for daily diners during the 1960s. From left are Pete Petta, his father, Felix Petta, Louise Verlotte, Gloria Devito and Mary Mastrianni.
Sister Mary Agnes, principal of St. Helen’s School, makes sure her students are on good behavior for Rev. William P. Casey, pastor of St. Helen’s Church, during the fall of 1955.
Lifeguard Harvey Rapp tells five disappointed young ladies they can’t swim in Woodlawn’s swimming pool during the summer of 1960. Because of large crowds, boys took over the water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Girls were in the waves on another three days of the week.
Photographer Charles B. Sellers Jr. stands next to the Schenectady Gazette photo department car in this picture taken in the late 1950s.
Grace Byrnes Locke of the General Electric Co. stands next to a 200-ton crane hook on April 19, 1949.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Sykes of Schenectady look through their newspapers for a winning horse in 1971.
Electronic check-out counters were among the attractions at Schenectady’s new Original Food Market, which opened on Feb. 28, 1952.
The St. Columba-St. Joseph cheerleading squad posed with pep in 1961. Kneeling in front are, from left, Mary Kelly, Dorothy Maher, Mary Jean Palumbo, Pauline Doolin, Margaret Antkowiak and Jo Ann Mackey. Standing in the back row are, from left, Joan Glenn, Karen Walthers, Mary Michael Coomes, Sue Stevens, Eleanor Ann Loughney and Ellen Segel.