Wonderful old pictures of Dunkirk, NY
by Michael R. Wolcott on 10/31/2008
I received a book on Dunkirk, NY, and it has many wonderful old pictures - though I would have enjoyed a book with before and after pictures - but this book is a very nice historical romp through Dunkirk, NY. The book explains much of where Dunkirk was and where it is today. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in that particular area of upstate New York.
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by Christine Bartkowiak Sanderson on 2/5/2009
First let me say that I grew up in Dunkirk, NY & moved to the SW 34 years ago. But I've never turned my back on my home town. The older I've gotten it is true, you remember the good times and the bad times fade away. And I'm of the age that taking a walk down memory lane is just perfect for me.
This book you can totally get lost in! I admit, the pictures are of an age that even I cannot recognize any one by looks or name or position, but the places, oh yes, I recognize the streets and the buildings and the locations, and I ask myself again and again, why did I never consider all those who walked before me on the streets of Dunkirk? How can we be so singleminded, so self-absorbed, during the first half of our lives? Why didn't we listen to our elders' stories? When did it become fashionable to actually SMILE during a photograph? No one smiled back then! I can picture myself in the center of Dunkirk, waiting for the bus in front of Ehler's at Central Ave. & 4th Street, many, many times, cold freezing temperatures or hot muggy days, and the corner has not changed, except that the street is paved now, not dirt, and no streetcars turn the corner there, and City Hall certainly looks different after the major fire damaged it, and no longer is there a long, long line of women standing completely around the corner from Sidey's waiting to make a special purchase of discounted silk stockings from their store! So many ghosts, so many buildings that no longer exist, so many working men, who worked HARD for a living, honest men, who had wives at home doing their chores raising their children and I wonder so many of those old, old homes are still standing, how in the world do they keep their owners warm in the dead of winter or cool in the humidity and heat of summer? And the Lake! How the Lake provided an income for so many people! The tug boats and the steamers running through from Erie and Buffalo, the trains depositing people in Dunkirk, going here or there, Dunkirk, a social center?!
I can open this book on any day, on any page, and get lost looking at the pictures, few words if any, just pictures, faces, dressed in strange clothes, standing in front of remembered buildings but from another time, and then snap back to attention, to the present-day reality, and smile to myself.
Buy this book! Ms. Andrasik has done a supurb job of coallating so many pictures into one book that leaves you feeling like you've been a part of something really important and big. You will never be quite the same again. And buy a copy for a friend too! I sent one to a friend in Rochester, NY for Christmas and she was thrilled!
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