Then and Now: Buffalo History Gazette

Who doesn’t love seeing vintage pictures of Buffalo?  I love vintage images and not just as an exercise in nostalgia.  Seeing historic pictures of Buffalo can often be a painful reminder of how much is lost.  There are those who complain that Buffalo spends too much time looking backward.  Certainly looking back and pining for the past is not very productive.  But I love old pictures because they tell us how we got where we are now.  Too many people accept what exists for granted as if it just dropped from the sky, ready made.  When you know how something came to be you gain a far far greater appreciation of what you have.  We are what we are because of those who came before us.  That is not nostalgia.  It is just plain being interested in what this whole crazy universe is all about, while trying to make some sense of it all. 
Recently my love of vintage Buffalo images has been greatly rewarded by a slew of amazing historic photos that have been steadily flashed on to FaceBook by The Buffalo History Gazette.  The images are from throughout Buffalo and Niagara Falls, showing a great variety of subjects in tremendous detail. Most of them have never been shown publicly before.  The supply of historic  images keep coming and seem to be limitless and are almost all of very high in clarity, revealing a lot about a young vibrant Buffalo.  
The Buffalo History Gazette is a Buffalo history website run by Jerry Mallory who is a major Buffalo History buff.  He has posted several highly in depth and well researched stories focused on Buffalo’s ‘way back’ days.  From Mr. Malloy:
I have always been fascinated by Buffalo’s history and disappointed at how little of it was being told. Especially in regards to the waterfront. Over the last 25 years I have conducted hundreds of tours for people from all over the world, both on foot and on the water. I am proud to say The Historic Buffalo River Tours have become a classic in this city. I created a museum, meeting place and lecture hall in my family’s former restaurant the Harbor Inn on Ohio St. and conducted my walking tours from that location. I now take all of this to a new medium online to reach out further into the world. Hopefully these tours have spurred curiosity and respect about what was here, what is here, and what can be here in the future, and inspired those not afraid to see the possibilities.
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I will post several of Mr. Malloy’s images over the next few weeks.  In the meantime here is a fascinating look at a few images that resolved a big mystery for me.  They show a structure in the Niagara River near its southern end at Lake Erie.  This was Buffalo’s original water intake.   You may have noticed the foundation of the structure which is still in place just north of the Peace Bridge.  I thought it was an ice breaker because of its thickly steel plated nose that cuts into the swift current at this part of the river. When I was very young I thought it was a submarine. 
The description from Buffalo History Gazette: 
View along the Niagara River looking north from The Front. Roadway is Sheridan Terrace. Buildings in center are the old Massachusetts St. Pumping Station which pumped all the water to the city. Next is the Erie Canal, then the Black Rock Channel and the Niagara River. Structure in the river is the old water intake which is still visible today below the Peace Bridge. White tower is the Lower Range Light. The upper range light was located on Busti Ave. & Niagara Street and guided traffic on the Erie Canal. About 1900.
Old Water Intake in Niagara River built in 1874. Still visible just north of the Peace Bridge. The house portion was removed in the early 1940′s. This photo around 1900.
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33 comments
Jamie
Jamie

I used to think the water intake was a submarine as well! Or some sort of part of an old boat that got stuck in the river.

I only recently learned that it was the old water intake. The currents coming off of it look incredibly intense.

STEEL
STEEL

Based on the large amount of coverage you have gotten and the reams of publicity BRO gives you I really think your complaint about a 2 year old story sounds dumb. You obviously have not been disturbed enough about it having accepted continued free exposure on this web site since. I am not even sure why it is relevant here in this thread. You should post your complaint on that story's comments board. Or better yet like I said - send in a better photo.

These pictures were attributed as noted above and are of decent enough quality. I will inform BRO of your displeasure and we will act accordingly in the future. That said I won't comment further on this.

GroveyClevesYall
GroveyClevesYall

Steel, this was 2 years ago. I am merely stating that when person A sees person B's art work and therefor wants to write an article and promote person b's artwork, they should contact them first. I fully appreciate the nod to my work, but there is a standard way of doing these things.

STEEL
STEEL

I will have them take your story down if you like.I am making a friendly suggestion that you help promote yourself on a free forum instead of complaining about someone doing you a favor. Do you have a better image to provide?

GroveyClevesYall
GroveyClevesYall

Listen, I was merely making an observation. They want to write a story about something/someone.. they should email them and ask for hi res images, not just blast an article with crap images and no use of proper grammar. That is all.

STEEL
STEEL

Send BRO the file you want uploaded then.Or if you do not want BRO using your images and providing you some free publicity simply ask for the image to be taken down. BRO is very user friendly.

GroveyClevesYall
GroveyClevesYall

Ok, listen.. when you "screen grab" an image it is not of the same quality of just uploading an actual web file. I did not in fact say you ever "stole" my images. I'm just sayin' that the bloggerverse has destroyed standards in which we view things. I think your History Gazette is perfectly okay and pretty beautiful.

RaChaCha
RaChaCha

Thank you Jerry -- great stuff! I've enjoyed the boat tour a couple of times, and look forward to whatever else you'll be publishing.

BTW, I understand the Industrial Heritage Committee is collaborating with the Heritage Discovery Center on Lee Street -- they should give you an exhibit space of your own, Jerry, to show off some of this stuff.

It's a real treat to see these images of the Niagara River corridor, which are nothing like anything I've seen before.

Shoey
Shoey

I'm glad I wasn't the only one who had no idea what that thing in the middle of the river was. I always assumed it was some sort of shipwreck when I was a kid I think, haven't really thought about it since despite seeing it countless times as an adult.

paul
paul

if the whole hsbc will be tenant free in 2013, just tear it down, and put in a green area,

a nice downtown city park! it's always build, build, build!! there are too many still empty

buildings around the city now!

STEEL
STEEL

Your Artwork was never screen grabbed by me. Also,if it was not web ready why was it on the web to be screen grabbed? If you did not like the quality of the work you had made available to the web why did you not contact BRO and provide a better version for your 'coverage'? I swear people live to complain on the internet and still the missing sourcing info has not been volunteered by anyone.

BY the way at least some of these images, I have determined, can be found at the Library of Congress which notes that they do not necessarily own them. At least one of them is an image from the Detroit Publishing Company which I believe are now in the public domain - not owned by anyone. Let me know if that is not correct. It would not have been proper for me to attribute these images to the Library of Congress since that was not my source. My source was the Buffalo History Gazette which was attributed and which also does not reference any other source.

GroveyClevesYall
GroveyClevesYall

Although I did not mind the "coverage" of my first solo exhibition, but my artwork was shown on here without permission and merely screen grabbed and not a web ready file, making it look pixelated, so yes Grad94, I see why you have reservations.

STEEL
STEEL

Still does not justify snark or an absurdly long diatribe on a subject which really only requires a simple addition of information that you believe to be missing. Information by the way you still have not provided. BRO's source for these images is Buffalo History Gazette. If you know more about the images please just simply inform us. BRO is a forum not a news source. Add to the forum if you like.

grad94
grad94

just because we disagree doesn't mean i lack a purpose.

my goals are legitimate: one is to protect bro from infringement complaints and the other is to reduce plagiarism, i.e. people passing stuff off as theirs when it is not.

i've been plagiarized more than once and, yes, it pisses me off. it should piss you off, too.

STEEL
STEEL

Snark is fine when it has a purpose.

Up and coming
Up and coming

Go ahead and try to tear one down and see what happens.

Postermaster
Postermaster

Nope - no posting with multiple names. Sorry [Comment deleted]

grad94
grad94

...instead of being a snarky know-it-all.

[laughter]

pot, meet kettle.

don't get me wrong, 99% of the time i completely back what you say and how you say it! i back you up all the time. but let's not pretend that you're as pure as the driven snow when it comes to snark.

STEEL
STEEL

Give it up. The images were credited with the information available. BRO gets permission to use images before posting from those who we understand to have ownership and credits when credit information is available. If you have more or better information you should just let us know what it is instead of being a snarky know-it-all.

grad94
grad94

couldn't take time earlier to elaborate on why i asked what i asked. some of us have day jobs.

the issue isn't just provenance, even though that is important. it's also ethics. passing off someone else's picture as your own is just as wrong as passing off someone else's words or invention (or architectural design, steel) as your own.

if you didn't take the picture yourself, you need to credit whoever did or wherever you got it from, period. even if it is the library of congress.

yes, the stuff they put online is public domain but you still need to credit them. otherwise it's like passing yourself off as the owner of rumsey woods in front of overseas guests who don't know any better, when we all own delaware park.

image credit statements should be just as obligatory as bylines at bro. but this blog has always been caption-impaired. don't let this happen to you:

http://blogs.buffalonews.com/artsbeat/2009/08/artvoice-apologizes-for-copyright-infringement.html

Jerry Malloy
Jerry Malloy

Most of the photos are from my private collections I acquired over the years. The ones in my private collection are either original photographs or the original glass negatives. A few are from old newspaper articles or, out of circulation old publications. A few are from the Library of Congress and in the public domaine. However I have posted and will be posting mostly from my personal collection which I own. Many of the pics have never been public before. Some will be my own pics I have taken myself. These pics are being posted for educational purposes, because many people are not not educated in Buffalo's history, and hopefully this will spur further research by such individuals.

Matthew.Ricchiazzi
Matthew.Ricchiazzi

I wish we could restore the parkspace overlooking the Niagara River and Blackrock canal pictured above. It doesn't seem undoable -- there are a number of abandoned/underutilized buildings along Niagara Street just north of the Peace Bridge (I believe Paladino properties). If those buildings were removed, Niagara Street would have sweeping waterfront views.

Check out this map, and note the industrial areas located just north of the Peace Bridge. Imagine how removing a handful of defunct buildings could be catalytic for the neighborhood...

http://changebuffalo.org/peacebridge

http://changebuffalo.org/blackrockwharfs

paulsobo
paulsobo

We should be looking at these pictures to see what we did right back them and what we should bring back today to be part of our city

We should always be thinking, how can we make our city and its citizens better

STEEL
STEEL

Is there a reason for your negativity? Have you read the story? Have you gone to his site?

Up and coming
Up and coming

I wish they weren't black and white so you could see all the pollution.

grad94
grad94

and where are the pictures coming from? does mr. malloy have his own private collection or is he just harvesting them from elsewhere on the web?

Move Along Plz
Move Along Plz

Love the website Steel. Keep the photos coming! Whenever I go down Deleware into the city I always try to imagine what is must have been like back when the mansions along delaware were actually residences and not businesses. Weird to think that buffalo used to be so prosperous

STEEL
STEEL

That is what I was thinking. What a great beach cottage!

14213
14213

As man! Can you imagine if that pump house was saved and someone converted it to a residence!? Screw waterfront property; that's waterON property!

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