Along the Erie Canal with the Municipal Seals
of the Cities, Towns and Villages of New York
Compiled by Marvin W. Bubie
ISBN-13: pending / ISBN-10: pending
LCCN: pending / Product #: SCP-0059
Retail Price: $21.95 - Pre-publication SALE!!!: $17.00
Physical: 150 pages, 7.5" x 9.25", softcover, color interior, illustrated
Publication Date: December 2016
Retail & Library Distribution: pending
Publication Information Sheet
As the first great infrastructure project in a young country, the Erie Canal made New York into The Empire State and transformed the shape of the United States. 200 years after the first shovel of dirt for “Clinton’s Ditch” was moved, municipal seals depicting a canal heritage can still be found on official government letterheads and web sites, on police and fire vehicles, on the walls of municipal chambers, and even in works of art. The seals in this book demonstrate the important role the Erie Canal played in the birth of many of the communities along this iconic waterway, stretching from Buffalo to Albany. For residents, this book is a reminder of the influence that the “Eighth Wonder of the World” has on their lives today. For historians, scholars, casual history buffs and future generations, this book is a visual history of the Erie Canal that provides a concise, illustrated catalog of how the Erie Canal molded each community into what it is today.
But at the time, the influence of the Erie Canal extended across and beyond the borders of New York State, resulting in “canal envy” and a frenzy of canal building across the country. This second edition is revised and expanded and includes not only seals from the Erie Canal, but from other states as well. Further additions include information about other canals in New York, the men who built the Erie Canal, and important inventions that resulted from the improvised engineering during the Canal Era.
About the Author
Marvin Bubie was born and raised in the Capital District, graduating from Averill Park High School and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is retired from General Electric and has lived in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Virginia. In addition, he spent eighteen months in Germany with the US Army, and has returned to Europe many times visiting Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Germany. Over the years he has collected the seals from various cities, towns, counties, boroughs, and villages in this country, as well as those in Europe. He has published two similar books, On the Trail of Henry Hudson and Our Dutch Heritage Through the Municipal Seals in New York, and Celebrating the American Revolution: Municipal Symbols of a Free Country, and is at work on another book of seals related to railroading heritage.
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