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The Erie Canal at Schenectady

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Old Lithographs, Paintings, Woodcuts, Etc.

1873 engraving of Schenectady  
"Schenectady" (from: The Water Ways of New York, in Harper's New Monthly Magazine, vol. 48, no. 283, Dec. 1873, p. 13).  

Postcards of the Erie Canal in Schenectady and Vicinity

Erie Canal at Schenectady with canal boat Erie Canal at Schenectady, N.Y.
"Erie Canal at Schenectady" (9346, Robson & Adee, Schenectady, N.Y.) -- UNDB ; postmarked May 29, 1905. (Compare with the two postcards below). "Erie Canal at Schenectady, N.Y." (12462, Robson & Adee, Schenectady, N.Y.) -- UNDB ; postmarked Aug. 20, 1906.
Dock Street, Schenectady, N.Y. Dock Street, Schenectady, N.Y.
Two versions of "Dock Street, Schenectady, N.Y." (Compare with the postcard above left):
Left: (no. 5103, Souvenir Post Card Co., New York) -- UNDB ; not postmarked ; approx. 1906 ; Right: (no. 1907, Souvenir Post Card Co., New York) -- UNDB ; postmarked Nov. 20, 1906.
The Erie Canal and Mohawk River, Schenectady, N.Y. Erie Canal near Schenectady, N.Y.
"Erie Canal, Mohawk River in the distance, Schenectady, N.Y." (9301 -- Wm. J. Gleason, Schenectady, N.Y.) -- Postmarked Feb. 13, 1908. "Erie Canal near Schenectady, N.Y." (12448, Robson & Adee, Schenectady, N.Y.) -- UNDB; postmarked Aug. 9, 1906. Another version is titled "Erie Canal at Schenectady, N.Y.".
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The three images below are of the Rexford Aqueduct area where the canal switches sides of the Mohawk River at Niskayuna.
Bluffs on Erie Canal near Schenectady, N.Y. The Erie Canal and Mohawk River, Schenectady, N.Y.
"Bluffs on Erie Canal near Schenectady, N.Y." (12457, Robson & Adee, Schenectady, N.Y.) -- UNDB ; postmarked Sep. 11, 1906.* "The Aqueduct, Schenectady, N.Y. (No. B13348, Charles Baum, Schenectady, N.Y.) -- Postmarked Oct. 3, 1908.*
*Note the change bridge in the mid-distance on the right of the left postcard, and in the near-distance on the right of the right postcard. A change bridge allowed the canal path to switch from one side of the canal to the other without the tow ropes becoming entangled (see the Aldrich Change Bridge for further information on change bridges).
Erie Canal Boat going into Lock, Rexford Flats, Schenectady, N.Y. Left: "Erie Canal Boat going into Lock, Rexford Flats, Schenectady, N.Y." (A27665, no publisher info.) -- Postmarked Jul. 8, 1913.
This is Lock No. 21, which can be seen just beyond the change bridge in the image above right.
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Erie Canal Near Schenectady, N.Y. The Erie Canal and Mohawk River, Schenectady, N.Y.
"Erie Canal Near Schenectady, N.Y." (U.S. 351, J.H. Galle, Schenectady, N.Y.) -- Postmarked Sep. 16, 1909. "The D. & H. Railroad Bridge, crossing the Erie Canal and Mohawk River, Schenectady, N.Y." (No. D 9521, D. C. Houck, Schenectady, N.Y.) -- Postmarked Sep. 30, 1910. (Note that the canal parallels the Mohawk River in the valley below.
Boat in the Erie Canal near Schenectady, N.Y. Lock 7, Barge Canal, Niscayuna, near Schenectady, N.Y.
"Erie Canal, near Schenectady, N.Y." (252-48 -- no publisher info.) -- Postmarked Oct. 27, 1908. "Lock 7, Barge Canal, Niscayuna [i.e., Niskayuna], near Schenectady, N.Y." (no publisher info.) -- Postmarked Jul. 28, 1911.

East of Schenectady were two aqueducts which crossed and recrossed the Mohawk River: the Rexford Aqueduct (or Upper Mohawk River Aqueduct) at Rexford, and the Crescent Aqueduct (or Lower Mohawk River Aqueduct) twelve miles downstream at Crescent. Images of these two aqueducts may be seen on the next page.


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