The Buffalo Collection – Vintage Books from the Turn of the 20th Century

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The Buffalo Collection is a set of five books about Buffalo written in the late 1800s and early 1900s. All books are in the public domain. These are NOT photocopies of old books. All Media Hatchery books are complete with reset text and meticulously restored images.


Pan-American Buffalo and Niagara Falls: A Picturesque Souvenir 
by Charles Cutter

An Inkling of Buffalo Paperback
by Charles W. Sumner

The River Niagara
by Barton Atkins

Modern Antiquities: Comprising Sketches of Early Buffalo and the Great Lakes – Also Sketches of Alaska
by Barton Atkins

Buffalo: The Electric City.: The New Wonder of the World.
by A E Richmond

Product Details

The Buffalo Collection is a set of five books about Buffalo written in the late 1800s and early 1900s. All books are in the public domain. These are NOT photocopies of old books. All Media Hatchery books are complete with reset text and meticulously restored images.


Pan-American Buffalo and Niagara Falls: A Picturesque Souvenir 
by Charles Cutter

Pan-American Buffalo and Niagara Falls - A Picturesque Souvenir is a reproduction of Charles Cutter's beautiful booklet originally sold at the 1901 Pan-American Exposition held in Buffalo, NY between May 1 and November 1.

This publication contains images from three different versions of the same title. As the Exposition progressed, Cutter acquired new images and replaced those of lesser value in the next printing. We have incorporated all common and unique images from these three editions.

Included in this work is a tribute to US President William McKinley, who was assassinated at the Exposition on September 6, 1901, and passed away on September 14, 1901.

Like all Media Hatchery public domain publications, the text has been reset and formatted with Adobe InDesign, the images meticulously restored and enhanced with Adobe Photoshop, and the pages printed on the highest quality paper to ensure a truly enjoyable reading experience.

Hardcover, 88 pages.


This public domain work - originally published by Charles W. Sumner in 1886 - consists exclusively of pen drawings of various Buffalo buildings and landmarks in the late 19th century. The following is paraphrased from the last pages of the book ...

Buffalo, a city of vast commercial importance situated at the extreme eastern end of Lake Erie, has a population of about 240,000.

Its harbor is formed by the Buffalo River, navigable for over two miles; the entrance being protected by a breakwater 2,000 feet long. The forty grain elevators - capable of receiving and transferring 3,000,000 bushels of grain daily - become necessary as the tonnage of vessels - arrivals and clearances - reached the enormous amount of 4,145,886 tons for the year 1886.

Some twenty railroads and 440 miles of tracks inside the city limits (more than any other city in the world) make it an important railroad centre.

Its "East Buffalo" stockyards are the second largest in the country.

The Park - Parade and Front, with connecting boulevards - in all about 500 acres - form an interesting feature, and afford many beautiful and pleasing drives. It has 140 miles of paved streets - 30 of which are asphalt - balance of stone.

Then the City Building - a granite structure costing $1,300,000. Music Hall, Library, Natural Gas, Western terminus Erie Canal, belt line railroad, 50 miles of streetcar tracks, numerous benevolent institutions, hospitals, etc., besides the innumerable business houses, all add to its importance. (All mentioned in this book are of leading ones in their respective lines.)

Paperback, 52 pages.


A republishing of Barton Atkins' 1899 public domain retrospective of the mighty Niagara River - from its 1534 "discovery" by French navigator James Cartier, through its role in the War of 1812, until the end of the Patriot War in 1838.

Paperback, 42 pages.


Modern Antiquities: Comprising Sketches of Early Buffalo and the Great Lakes - Also Sketches of Alaska
by Barton Atkins

This public domain work, originally published in 1898 by Barton Atkins (1826 - ?), paints a fascinating picture of the history of Buffalo, NY between 1790 and the turn of the 20th century. Captain Atkins served on various ships on the Great Lakes between 1842 and 1876.

Those familiar with modern-day Buffalo will recognize many of the names mentioned as they are now memorialized on street signs and buildings throughout the city.

Atkins also describes his stint as President Grover Cleveland's appointee as Marshal of the District of Alaska from 1885 to 1889.

This is the complete book with all text and all illustrations. A painstaking effort was made to meticulously convert page scans of the original publication into text. It was then set using Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop into a clean, easy-to-read paperback book. This paperback edition is the only version that has been restored.

The book contains several passages considered to be racially insensitive.

Paperback, 176 pages.


This public domain work is a republishing of A. E. Richmond's 1892 book explaining the evolution of Buffalo - from the Queen City of the Lakes to the Electric City of the World - thanks to the limitless energy provided by the mighty Niagara River.
Paperback, 52 pages.

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