Saturday, March 31, 2012

TSAGARAKIS BUILDING, HARMON, 3/31/12 UPDATE

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Recently, a number of strange letters in the paper have erroneously claimed that certain Harmon properties are either abandoned, vacant, or "empty" as justification for why the blanket re-zoning of the area for mixed-use housing is necessary. We continue to set the record straight: as you can see, click on the photo, the Tsagarakis building construction is in full swing. Again, two stories, no third floor of apartments, similar to what was there already and per the drawings on file with the village. You can also see another photo here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/6885536142/in/photostream

We urge you to become informed about what's really happening in Harmon. 

Friday, March 30, 2012

3/30/12 UPDATE, THE 1916 SEARS CATALOG

It will be a long time before the 1916 Sears Christmas/Winter catalog is completely scanned for your viewing pleasure...so for now, we'll just let you know when we add large batches to the set.

Please note that the catalog is NOT in any particular order. Whatever pages are falling out or in danger of completely disintegrating--are the ones that get immediate attention. This update is largely about furniture--office furniture, parlor tables, odd little tables--with a smattering of men's outerware, coats, and the like--jewelry for women and babies, and ending with women's nightgowns--which haven't changed all that much since 1916! Enjoy! Click on the link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/sets/72157625908978489/

EASTER 1958, ST. AUGUSTINE'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH

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The Croton on Hudson Historical Society’s newspaper archives (currently being digitally re-mastered) provide a wealth of info about what the holidays were like in Croton. The clipping to the right comes from the 4/10/58 edition of the Cortlandt Croton News for St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, click on the photo, and details the Good Friday and Easter services for that date.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

A MESSAGE FROM GROUCHY GABE

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A letter from Grouchy Gabe, The Gazette 3/29 to 4/4/12—thanking Bob Wintermeier, with permission to post.

To the editor: This is a “sweet and short” letter to thank Mr. Robert Wintermeier for his “please open your eyes” letter – very precise, to the point and with true facts. Thank you also for noticing the upper village shops’ participation and donations to multiple events held in the “village.”

Please read his letter if you haven’t yet!

GABRIEL BOIVIN A.K.A. GROUCHY GABE, CROTON ON HUDSON

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

MORE EVERYTHING CROTON'S FABULOUS VINTAGE CATALOG, WEBSITE, FINDS ETC.

To the right is an ad from 1953 for Tiny Tears, the doll that "cries real tears" (click on the photo).  It was sent to us from a reader in Florida who came across Elizabeth's Christmas story at the link below--of course we just HAD to post it.  Wonder how much Tiny Tears dolls are worth on the market today? http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/03/more-everything-crotons-fabulous_27.html

EATON’S Christmas Catalog, 1897. Eatons was once Canada’s largest department store chain; it went bankrupt in 1999. http://ia700402.us.archive.org/31/items/canadasgreatests00toro/canadasgreatests00toro.pdf

THE CHRISTMAS SEAL & CHARITY STAMP SOCIETY http://www.charityseals.org/

Lilla's Folly has a tutorial for sale in her etsy shop on making sisal trees from scratch
http://www.etsy.com/listing/87354724/bo ... id_5665269

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

MORE EVERYTHING CROTON'S FABULOUS VINTAGE WEBSITES, FINDS, ETC.

Fellow collector, Elizabeth wanted one of these fire trucks in the worst way when she was a little girl--click on the photo. But it was the 50's, 1953 to be exact, and girls simply didn't get fire trucks. Her brother got the truck, while she got the latest doll craze--Tiny Tears, the doll that cried "real tears" instead.  Fast forward to a wrong turn on a country road while visiting a friend when what does she see, a roadside sign that says "auction". Intending only to stop and get directions, she stayed--and successfully bid on--the truck she never got for Christmas!  

The latest Vintage egg coloring kits from the 60’s, 70’s; the graphics are priceless

What was playing at Croton’s Starlight Drive-In Theatre in 1956 http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/03/starlight-drive-in-follow-up.html


Marx 1970 Toy Catalog, pages 26-29 have been added http://toyconnect.blogspot.com/2012/03/marx-1975-catalog-pgs-26-29.html

1950’s wind-up made in Japan bunny playing the xylophone http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDa_xUk9trw

Our friend Marion says this is the next best thing to finding REAL vintage Christmas wrapping paper http://www.victoriantradingco.com/store/catalogimages/1a/i11651.html

THE STARLIGHT DRIVE-IN, A FOLLOW-UP, 1956

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Because we have gotten so many new requests for follow-up articles on the old THE STARLIGHT DRIVE-IN, (you can see parts 1 & 2 from 2011 here http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2011/08/croton-memories-starlight-drive-in_15.html AND http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2011/08/more-croton-memories-more-on-starlight.html), we thought this was a good time to show you what was playing in 1956, courtesy of the Croton-on-Hudson Historical Society archives of course.  Click on the photos.

1956, THE MIGHTY ATOM, WIND TESTS AT BUCHANAN'S ATOM PLANT

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1956, THE MIGHTY ATOM, WIND TESTS AT WHAT WILL BECOME INDIAN POINT

Recently one of our older Croton residents has been telling us about the initial days of Buchanan's Indian Point and recommended that we take a look at the The Croton on Hudson Historical Society's archives -- with a particular emphasis on the mid-1950's to the late 1960's. We couldn't resist and so...click on the photo...more in the months ahead.

Monday, March 26, 2012

EASTER 1956—ASBURY METHODIST CHURCH

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The Croton on Hudson Historical Society’s newspaper archives (currently being digitally re-mastered) provide a wealth of info about what the holidays were like in Croton. For Asbury United Methodist Church, we selected Easter 1956 and came across this nostalgic clipping from the church pageant of that year; click on the photo. 

PART THREE: YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU'LL FIND AT THE CROTON-ON-HUDSON HISTORICAL SOCIETY--THE RED CROSS 1930's

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PART THREE: You never know what you’ll find at The Croton-on-Hudson Historical Society. 

We didn’t dare remove the 1930’s Red Cross Croton-on-Hudson News special edition covers from their plastic sleeves at the archives today—so brittle is newsprint after well over 75 years—but we did manage to scan three, plastic, tape and all, for your viewing pleasure--click on the photo, then the links below.

The 1930’s were a time of great outreach by the Red Cross. The nation’s first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, served as Honorary Chairman then, and she took part in radio broadcasts that supported Red Cross fundraising Roll Calls and later, WWII Fund drives. She also wrote a syndicated column about the Red Cross called “My Day.”

Some may find these covers overly sentimental. We see them as a product of the times, and we’re grateful to the Croton-on-Hudson Historical Society for making them available. See more below:



To learn more about the Red Cross, as vital now as it was then, click http://www.redcross.org/en/aboutus 

See PART ONE AND TWO OF “YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU’LL FIND AT THE CROTON-ON-HUDSON HISTORICAL SOCIETY” series here at Everything Croton by clicking: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2012/03/part-two-you-never-know-what-youll-find.html

CONGRATULATIONS KITSON & SCHUYLER LLP

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And now a message from Roseanne Kitson and Peter Schuyler of Kitson & Schuyler, in the Heart of Harmon! And congratulations of course--better late than never!

 "Yesterday (3/18) is the date that Peter and I consider the first anniversary of Kitson & Schuyler LLP. We want to thank those who have supported us in the first year of our new business. We are particularly grateful to our neighbor, John J. Gochman, a member of the bar for over 50 years who has so generously shared the benefit of his vast experience as a local, solo practitioner with us. We look forward to serving the legal needs of our community for many more years!" 

Kitson & Schuyler LLP, 321 S. Riverside Ave, http://www.facebook.com/kitsonschuyler, 914-862-0999

Sunday, March 25, 2012

CONGRATULATIONS MARY KATE CLEARY & HANNAH ETTENBERG

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Congratulations to Mary Kate Cleary and Hannah Ettenberg, for awards they received at the Westchester Science & Engineering Fair (WESEF) on March 11, 2012. More than 300 students presented competitive posters of their research projects. Mary Kate Cleary received the American Meteorological Society Award and the Stockholm Junior Water Prize for her study monitoring a constructed wetlands at Mansuring Lake, just east of Rye Playland and comparing it to a similar project in Hempstead Harbor. Hannah received both the National Society of Professional Engineers Award as well as Fourth Place in the Chemistry category for her efforts in developing a carbon ink to increase the efficiency of a hydrogen fuel cell membrane.