November 20, 2023 • By Brian Hayden
Inside our museum’s archive, more than 200,000 photos captured through the generations showcase the history of our city. There are photos of bygone streetscapes and neighborhoods, long-lost architectural landmarks and sporting venues, and incredible images of our waterfront during its industrial heyday. In recent years, our library has been diligently digitizing several thousand of these photos, which can now be found at our online Picture Store and purchased as a variety of keepsakes that make for perfect holiday gifts. Below are a few of our favorite images, and ideas for how to turn them into an unforgettable present for the Buffalo history buff in your life.
Click on the link found below each of the following images to find the corresponding listing in our picture store, where you’ll see the shopping cart “buy now” icon. There, you’ll discover a variety of ways to turn your favorite historic image of Buffalo into a memorable gift, from puzzles and blankets to mugs, wall art, greeting cards, mousepads and refrigerator magnets. Here are a few of our favorite images that can serve as inspiration for your next holiday gift! To search our entire digital photo collection, visit our picture store.
This Liberty Loan Drive poster dating from World War II could make for the perfect mug, refrigerator magnet, or coaster. Purchase Photo
This illustration of the Buffalo Harbor, looking north towards Main Street in 1855, can be printed on a cozy fleece blanket. Purchase Photo
Many of our images in our collection capture unique, extraordinary moments in our city’s history. This image of The Peace Bridge, dating from 1926, can even be converted into a 252-piece puzzle. Purchase Photo
We love this image in our collection that shows crowds of ice skaters enjoying Delaware Park on December 26, 1925. It can be turned into a piece of wall art – the perfect picture to hang in your office, business or home. Purchase Photo
This aerial image of War Memorial Stadium, which served as the former home of the Buffalo Bills and the Buffalo Bisons, is one of the most popular photos in our collection. It can be turned into a variety of keepsakes, or a print to hang or mount on your wall. Purchase Photo