Valatie Economic Redevelopment Association


The Guy Gamello Collection

 Martin H. Glynn Municipal Building
3211 Church Street, Valatie, NY 12184
Free and open to the public

The village collection continues on exhibition and is open for viewing:

Monday - Thursday during Village Office Hours (9am-3pm)

Visit the Village of Valatie's collection of early Valatie photographic prints 
from the archived glass negatives in the Columbia County Historical Society,
printed and presented by the
Village of Valatie,
exclusive copyright holder of the collection of images, 

The Village of Valatie in cooperation with the Columbia County Historical Society is proud to exhibit its collection of recent prints created from the generous gift of Guy Gamello's antique glass negatives archived in the permanent collection of the Columbia County Historical Society.

"VINTAGE VALATIE: The Guy Gamello Collection" is currently on view in the
Martin H. Glynn Municipal Building located at 3211 Church Street, Valatie
and open to the public
Monday through Thursday, during Village Office Hours: 9am-3pm
Dating from about 1910, the twenty-two photos presented here from the permanent collection of the village of Valatie were originally recorded on 4­ x ­5­ inch silver and glass plate negatives for L. Frank Fowler, purveyor of newspapers in a shop on the village Main Street.

During the first decades of the nineteenth century, a new method for documenting our physical world was born. Popular and commercial use of the photograph neatly dovetailed with Valatie's status as the center of business in Northern Columbia County, New York.

The silver and glass negatives employed here offer the very precise impressions recorded over a century ago; these extraordinary surviving images provide a remarkable glimpse into a vanished past, while also underscoring constants of geographical and architectural landmarks. The resulting modern prints afford us an intellectual voyeurism, a peep into an earlier era, each with an historical moment preserved for present and future generations.  

Many of these images were widely published by offset lithography as colorized postcards early in the last century, and are now within the public domain; several postcard-examples are preserved in Valatie’s Paul R. Johann Local History Archive.

In the mid-1980s, Valatie history buff Guy Gamello discovered Fowler's antique silver and glass negatives that had been lost for more than half a century.  Town resident Ed Simonson organized the scanning project of the still-crisp images, which were printed (with modern equipment) for the Village of Valatie.  While Gamello donated the original glass negatives to the Columbia County Historical Society, he stipulated that exclusive copyrights and ownership of the digital scanned images belong to the Village of Valatie. The two institutions will collaborate in future exhibitions of this important material.

Valatie Village Historian Dominick Lizzi
 collaborated with the photo technicians to identify each image.

View the collection, VINTAGE VALATIE, and stay in our village for lunch. Snap some pictures of our fabulous waterfalls, and shop at the eclectic mix of stores on our charming and historic Main Street. 

Parking and Restroom facilities are available.
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For more information about the collection
The Guy Gamello Collection  
contact Barbara Fischer: Clerk@ValatieVillage.com
or call 518.758.9806    
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