Whilst on the subject of candy…here are a couple videos by Rescue & Restore showing the restoration (re-imagining might be a better word) of several old candy machines.
An 1871 Candy Drop Roller
A Northwestern Model 60 Vending Machine
Cosmic Conversations with R.L. Thomas graduate and Asteroid Institute Executive Director Dr. Ed Lu with Ryan Wyatt, Senior Director of the Morrison Planetarium.
A Taste of History
Stay tuned! Chef Walter Staib and the crew of the PBS television program “A Taste of History” were recently filming at Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown, NY. The episode is expected to air in the spring of 2022 as part of the program’s 12th season.
Chef Staib demonstrates how food was prepared during the 18th century and has filmed episodes at a number of historical sites around the world.
What a cool field trip to learn more about what Webster was like in the 1800s-1900s. The Webster Museum has reopened after an 18-month pandemic pause. Tom Pellett showed me around ..it’s a stroll around the old days. Open Tues, Thurs and Sat. @SPECNews1ROC#webster#communitypic.twitter.com/2JH2NSy9Ya
While we do have swans in the Irondequoit Bay, it would be a dramatic stretch to connect an 18th century automatonic swan to Webster in any way….but as its really cool, so we thought we’d share it here.
Created in 1773 by John Joseph Merlin (1735–1803) and James Cox (1723–1800), the silver swan has been located at the Bowes Museum in Teesdale, England since 1892. When an internal clockwork mechanism is wound, a music box plays, glass rods rotate giving the illusion of flowing water, and the silver swan turns its head from side to side.
The town of Wheatland lies along the west bank of the Genesee River in the southwest corner of Monroe County. In 1786, the adventurous frontiersman Ebenezer "Indian" Allan built a log cabin near the river. The Allan family soon moved on, but the settlement of the entire area west of the Genesee River had begun. The name given to the town in 1821 recognized the successful wheat crops already yielded by its fertile soil. Oatka Creek, which winds its way across town to the river, once powered flour and plaster mills that made the villages and hamlets of Wheatland thriving communities. Today Wheatland remains a rural area known for its picturesque countryside and its recreational opportunities.
Downtown Rochester is defined by Main Street, State Street and the major crossroads of those streets. It is the core of one of New York State's most important cities. Rochester's Downtown recaptures the time when it bloomed as a mecca for daytime workers and shoppers and for an evening's entertainment at vibrant social centers. It celebrates the people of this great city as they progress from their early beginnings to create a dynamic business center. This excellent collection of images regenerates the excitement of riding the trolley, watching a movie at the Palace or the Capitol, window-shopping at the Duffy-Powers Store and tasting frosted malteds at Sibley's or warm doughnuts from the Mayflower Donut Shop or spoonfuls of roasted peanuts from Mr. Peanut Man. The narrative recalls Scrantom's as the place to buy books, Neisner's having the latest 78-rpm records, McCurdy's and Edward's with their special holiday displays, Eddie's Chop House for memorable dinners, and the Century Sweet Shop for after-theater sundaes among the many unforgettable venues of this great city.