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Photo Archives

Black and white photograph showing Bill Thomas’ blacksmith shop which stood until the mid-1950’s at the corner of what is now Walt Whitman and Old Country Roads.

Black and white photograph showing Bill Thomas’ blacksmith shop which stood until the mid-1950’s at the corner of what is now Walt Whitman and Old Country Roads.

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Unknown
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Blacksmith Shop and field

Black and white photograph showing Bill Thomas’ Blacksmith shop and Miss Graeser, Charlie Kull and a third, unidentified girl sitting in a field across the street near the corner of Old Country and Walt Whitman Roads.

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Unknown
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Black and white photograph showing Bookman’s Hotel, circa 1940

Black and white photograph showing Bookman’s Hotel, circa 1940, and formerly named the Melville Inn. For many years it was owned and operatedby Joe Bookman and his family. In 1954 it was reconfigured to accommodate the wider Route 110, and in the 1960’s it was razed completely.

Year
circa 1940
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Black and white photograph of the Nazareth Boys’ School gymnasium and swimming pool built in the 1930’s by Frank Schneider Sr.

Black and white photograph of the Nazareth Boys’ School gymnasium and swimming pool built in the 1930’s by Frank Schneider Sr. The “playhouse” was used during WW II by the defense department to train airplane mechanics; the pool was maintained by Farmingdale Village until 2004.

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Unknown
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Black and white photograph showing an early bus making its way along a very snowy road.

Black and white photograph showing an early bus making its way along a very snowy road. But buses were quieter and less frightening for the cows in the nearby fields, and by 1919 had replaced the trolley along Route 110.

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Unknown
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Black and white photograph showing a trolley car, complete with window shades, cow catcher, and electric wires overhead

Black and white photograph showing a trolley car, complete with window shades, cow catcher, and electric wires overhead. After twenty years in service, legal agreements which kept fares low, and the growing popularity of private automobiles, put trolleys out of business.

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Unknown
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Black and white photograph showing a young woman in her dress gassing up the tractor at a very simple Texaco gas pump

Black and white photograph showing a young woman in her dress gassing up the tractor at a very simple Texaco gas pump. May’s store was one of many that sold gas along with groceries or candy.

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Black and white photograph showing Glaab’s, circa 1930 on Route 110

Black and white photograph showing Glaab’s, circa 1930 on Route 110. In addition to hardware, auto accessories, seeds, and its own greenhouse, it also had a gas pump, as many stores did at the time.

Year
Circa 1930
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Black and white photograph showing five of the eleven Glaab children in front of their summer vegetable stand, located just north of the family hardware store on Route 110.

Black and white photograph showing five of the eleven Glaab children in front of their summer vegetable stand, located just north of the family hardware store on Route 110.

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Unknown
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Black and white photograph showing a rig with four horses pulling four men aboard an open cart fitted with a scraping blade located just front of the rear axle

Black and white photograph showing a rig with four horses pulling four men aboard an open cart fitted with a scraping blade located just front of the rear axle. Perhaps the extra load allowed a cleaner cut.

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Unknown
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Duryea Farm House in Melville

Built before 1810. The farm was located on what is now the intersection of Duryea Road and Rte. 110. The site was on the Northeast corner of the intersection. The property consisted of approx. 110 acres and their principal crop was potatoes.

Comments from Our Community:

Pictured her[e] is he home of my grandparents Whitson & Ella Duryea.
My father Forest Duryea was born in this home as was 7 other brothers and sisters. His date of birth was in 1910 and the home was reported to be over a 100 years old at that time.

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