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Friday Flashback #338

Today’s Friday Flashback is a 3-fer.

(Photo/Clayton Liotta via Facebook)

This circa-1976 image reminds us of when:

  • Fairfield Furniture was the long-time occupant of National Hall. (FUN FACT: After Arthur Tauck bought the building — which once served as a bank, newspaper office, town meeting hall and the first site of Staples High School — with plans to turn it into a boutique hotel, he found tremendous structural damage. The roof had been weakened by decades of bird droppings.)
  • There were woods — not a mammoth office building — on Wright Street, behind Wilton Road.
  • Winters were cold enough to freeze the Saugatuck River.

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Friday Flashback #21

Tomorrow afternoon and evening, hundreds of families will flock downtown for First Night.

The scene — in the Taylor parking lot and along the Riverwalk, on the banks of the Saugatuck and looking toward National Hall — is a bit different now than in the late 1950s or early ’60s.

That’s when Peter Barlow snapped this photo. He was testing lenses for a local camera shop.

And we think traffic is bad these days!

(Photo/Peter Barlow)

Click on or hover over photo to enlarge. (Photo/Peter Barlow)