Using vintage images and postcards to highlight history is Arcadia Publishing’s Postcard History Series book Cohoes. The new book by the Spindle City Historic Society is releasing on March 24, 2014. It displays more than 200 vintage images and memories of days gone by.
This new pictorial history is a tour of landmarks of Cohoes through postcard images, taking readers through distinctive sections of the city including downtown, the mill district, the island and the hill. The book also features notable residents of Cohoes who impacted the city, including vaudeville performers, Revolutionary War officers, explores, industrialists, entrepreneurs, sports figures and daredevils.
Not only does the book feature the people of Cohoes but it also focuses on the places of Cohoes. Readers can glimpse images of many fondly-recalled former business that were established in Cohoes, as well as churches and schools of the area. By providing readers with a behind-the-scenes look at Cohoes’ history through vintage images and postcards, the Spindle City Historic Society hopes to preserve the area’s history for generations to come. They write, “The book presents the “heart of Cohoes” through its images of places that Cohoesiers hold dear and that give the city its unique identity.”
Highlights of Cohoes include:
• The story of the iconic Cohoes Mastodon.
• The history and legend of the beautiful and renowned Cohoes Falls.
• History of the Erie and Champlain Canals and their role in the settlement and industrial development of the city.
• Cohoes as a leading center of innovation in both manufacturing and harnessing of waterpower for industrial use.
Profits from the sale of the book will support the Spindle City Historic Society’s educational and outreach programs.
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