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The Life and Letters of Kate Gleason (Hardcover)

Susan B. Anthony called her the ideal business woman of whom she had dreamed fifty years earlier. Playwright Eugene O’Neill saw her as the symbol of greed and emasculating ambition. Kate Gleason, groundbreaking nineteenth-century industrialist, mechanical engineer, and real estate developer, was her own best invention. The truth of her dynamic life, in all of its complexity, is revealed in Janis Gleason’s biography of this legendary American woman.

 

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Jewel of the Sports World
Jewel of the Sports World
Jewel of the Sports World
Jewel of the Sports World

Sports icons Muhammad Ali, Mickey Mantle, Arnold Palmer, Jim Brown, Sandy Koufax and Joe Namath were among the athletes who wore this belt made from genuine alligator skin featuring a five-pound, solid gold buckle, encrusted with diamonds, rubies and sapphires. For a quarter of a century, from 1950 to 1976, the S. Rae Hickok Belt was the most coveted and respected individual award in all of sports. It was given annually to the professional athlete of the year at an award banquet held in Rochester, N.Y. which became known as “the Academy Awards of Sports.”

 


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Claude Bragdon and the Beautiful Necessity
Claude Bragdon and the Beautiful Necessity
Claude Bragdon and the Beautiful Necessity
Claude Bragdon and the Beautiful Necessity
Claude Bragdon and the Beautiful Necessity
Claude Bragdon and the Beautiful Necessity

Claude Bragdon (1866-1946) was a first-generation modernist architect, as well as an illustrator, critic, theorist and theater designer. Bragdon practiced architecture in Rochester, New York throughout the Progressive Era. Although his masterpiece, the New York Central Railroad Station, was demolished in the 1960s-70s, the First Universalist Church, the Bevier Memorial Building, the Peterborough Bridge near Toronto, and nearly 100 residences remain today. 


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The Old Bank
The Old Bank
The Old Bank
The Old Bank

This book chronicles the dynamic life span of an important Rochester institution, a mutual savings bank, that by definition, was owned by its depositors and operated for their benefit. At one time in the U.S., there were more than 4,000 savings banks most having started in the 1800s. By 1990, many of these had dissolved, since they had achieved what they were created to do, and eventually fell prey to the changing and frequently unstable economic times. It also chronicles the contribution of some of the Presidents and Trustees to the Rochester community.

 


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God's Country
God's Country
God's Country
God's Country
God's Country
God's Country

Explore the Genesee Valley with Phyllis Kitt through her photographs and brief histories of churches in this picturesque area of New York State. This collection of architectural structures is as diverse as the denominations in the region. Some selections include: the spectacular Neo-Gothic St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Rochester, the Cobblestone Church in Childs (the oldest cobblestone church in North America), the Greek Revival Brooks Grove Methodist Church at the Genesee Country Village and Museum, and the Romanesque-influenced First Universalist Church in Rochester.


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Sentinel
Sentinel
Sentinel
Sentinel
Sentinel

Albert Paley's Sentinel has transformed the face of RIT: a dramatic focal point in the heart of campus, at the crossroads for all RIT community activity. As the largest sculpture at any American university, its presence, while inciting both admiration and debate, perhaps best represents an academic institution's highest ideal: the ability to foster and freely express a creative idea. This important sculpture is now the subject of a book by RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press.


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View It! The Art and Architecture of RIT
View It! The Art and Architecture of RIT
View It! The Art and Architecture of RIT
View It! The Art and Architecture of RIT
View It! The Art and Architecture of RIT
Edited By David Pankow

Undulating metal planes shout "View It!" from a cafeteria wall. Richly hued, monumental square murals pulse their welcome in a grand lobby. A multitude of fine works on paper awaits contemplation in the library. A titan sculpture of sinuous steel beckons visitors onto campus. Numerous galleries and exhibition spaces provide opportunities for art appreciation and critique. These pieces and venues, and many more, find their homes throughout the cohesive fabric of patterned brick that makes up RIT's unique campus.


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Greeting Cards: RIT Big Shot photos
Greeting Cards: RIT Big Shot photos
Greeting Cards: RIT Big Shot photos
Greeting Cards: RIT Big Shot photos
Greeting Cards: RIT Big Shot photos
Greeting Cards: RIT Big Shot photos
Greeting Cards: RIT Big Shot photos
Greeting Cards: RIT Big Shot photos

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the RIT Big Shot, this card set features 8 of the 23 photographs taken in the series. The Big Shot Story At the end of the 1986-87 school year, Professors William DuBois and Michael Peres were analyzing the ups and downs of the recently completed academic year. In discussing new ways to teach electronic flash photography and problem-solving to the second-year Biomedical Photography students, it was decided that an extracurricular "painting with light" project should be tried.


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Greeting Cards: Schoen Place Big Shot

Continuing the annual night-time "painting with light" photography project, Schoen Place, Pittsford New York was chosen to be RIT's Big Shot No. 24. Schoen Place is located on the Erie Canal in Pittsford New York. Referred to by some as the Eighth Wonder of the World, the canal was completed in 1825 and links the waters of Lake Erie in the west to the Hudson River. When constructed it included 18 aqueducts to carry the canal over ravines and rivers, and 83 locks, with a rise of 568 feet from the Hudson River to Lake Erie.


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