Vintage Views & Memories Of The Brass City


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Reply Tour Director
10:44 AM on June 5, 2005 
I hope that you enjoyed this online vintage images tour of Waterbury. You can post your brief tour comments and/or Waterbury memories above. Please note that only postings of 100 words or less will display completely after you post your entry.
Reply Roseann <romeilillo@snet.net>
9:22 AM on June 11, 2005 
Excellent job!!
Reply john w <milkroute@yahoo.com>
3:45 PM on July 18, 2005 
Reply diane gray <thehylandgroup@gilanet.com>
4:51 PM on August 5, 2005 
Great tour!! I lived in Waterbury in the 60's and Thomaston in the 70's. I since moved out of state but remember lots of the buildings and places! Wonderful old pictures and information!
Reply Al <alritchon@yahoo.com>
11:46 AM on August 8, 2005 
Great tour,brings back alot of memories,lived all over the city,especially the washington park area.Thanks for the memories..
Reply Louis Hirbour <lhirb68@yahoo.com>
1:55 AM on September 13, 2005 
Having been born in Waterbury 73 years ago your web page brings back many memeories. I moved to Ca. in 1968 but still have family in Waterbury and visit often. Attended St. mary's school,Sacred Heart and worked for a few years at Brias Drug store. Inreviewing your photo's personally Waterbury seemed to have looked much better in the old days.
Reply Kathie O\'Leary Bianchi <kolb75@alltel.net>
1:12 PM on September 14, 2005 
I thought the tour was fabulous. I actually was involved in the flood of 1955, and I’ve e-mailed my memories of it to you. Keep up the site to let people know what could and did happen.
Reply mike m
11:23 PM on September 21, 2005 
wonderful memories ! I grew up in wtby. in the 80's what a mess. It has come a long way scece than . Inow live in fla.,but miss wtby and it's fine people. thanx
Reply Lori LoSchiavo <lori.canter@med.va.gov>
3:44 PM on September 22, 2005 
I remember stories told by my mother and grandmother about the flood. I wasn't born until 1958. I moved out of the area around 1978...would love to hear from someone that I knew from the Brooklyn area or who I may have gone to school with. Interesting site would like to see more from fellow waterbury people.
Reply B Palmento
6:54 AM on September 27, 2005 
Looking for Waterbury's Republican-American newspaper's website, lo and behold I came to this wonderful website of Waterbury's Memories of the Great Brass City... this is wonderful! Great job and I have to hurry to go to work (I'm in NC), but can assure I will return to this website soon to see my beloved city!
Reply Arnold Smith <sirwilliam2@cox.net>
10:34 PM on November 16, 2005 
I think you are wrong about the location of Jacques Burlesque, my recollection is that it was located on North Main Street, in the theater which is now a church.
Reply Arnold Smith <sirwilliam2@cox.net>
11:07 AM on November 20, 2005 
You are right, Jacques was on Phoenix Ave., it was the Bijou Theater that was on North Main St., and is now a church.
Reply Dan Lynch <dan@mattatuck.com>
7:35 PM on December 10, 2005 
I just stumbled across your Waterbury Views & Memories website and must have spent a half-hour looking at all the neat things you’ve got up there. I am working on a re-launch of a site I created about 4 years ago focused on Waterbury Genealogy and History, and would like to use some of the material. I’ll give full credit to you as the source - I just think it’s an amazing collection of memories. I grew up in Waterbury, but haven’t lived there since 1980. I first lived near Sylvan Ave. (on Merry St. right behind the parking lot across from St. Francis Xavier School), then we moved to Town Plot where I grew up. My folks still live there. My dad was a mail man in the city for many years and knows many streets, stories, buildings, etc. Take a peek at my “old site” at http://www.greaterwaterbury.com, but it’s pathetic. The new one will be MUCH MORE feature and content rich, but it’s not set to launch for another month or so. It’s a labor of love so when I have free time, I work on it.
Reply Lori LoSchiavo Canter <lori.canter@med.va.gov>
4:51 PM on December 20, 2005 
I went to grammar school in Town Plot at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School. That’s where the Italian kids went to school then, which was kind of silly seeing that the St. Joseph parochial school was about 6 houses from my house in Brooklyn. I did go bowling at St. Joe's though. The best chocolate covered doughnuts came from the Brooklyn Bakery and the best grinders from Rocco’s, which was directly across the street from my house. You could get a grinder, a bag of chips and a Coke for a buck. Those were the days!!!
Reply Stan Hor&#122;epa <stanzapple@mac.com>
1:57 AM on January 2, 2006 
I’m not old enough to have any memories of life in Waterbury in the 1950s, but I remember that when I was old enough (age 16) to work legally in 1967 Mom insisted that I work during my summer vacations. My first summer working, I worked as a jogger at the Eastern Color Printing Company on Commercial Street in Waterbury. My father was a pressman at Eastern Color and he got me the job.
Reply Chris D\'Orso <chrisdorso@gmail.com>
3:42 PM on January 6, 2006 
Great site. Don't know if anyone answered it yet, but the Hotel Waterbury was on the corner of West Main and Willow Streets. The building is now apartments and there's a great Spanish restaurant and lounge where that corner canopy is in the picture on your site. There are also a few shops on the first level. Hope this helps.
Reply Raymond McGarrity <nantes@earthlink.net>
2:59 PM on January 14, 2006 
I found your site very interesting. It brought back many wonderful memories of when I grew up in Waterbury in the 1940s thru the mid-1960s when I left to go into the military. I actually was looking for information on the CR&L Lines and the trolley car service operated in Waterbury by CR&L, Milldale Tramway, and the Connecticut Company when I found your site. I found a few errors about store locations, Worth's was located on Bank Street for instance. There was a ladies’ store on East Main Street in the photo you have on the Downtown page, but it was Musler-Liebeskind. Also, I think that a few new pictures of Downtown on the site will show ex-Waterbury people the progress made in recent years with the new bank buildings, the state office building on West Main Street, and the turn-around that is taking place as more businesses and restaurants open up Downtown. It is much better than it was six years ago, plus with the policing Downtown, I feel safe again in the area.
Reply Tour Director <anexwaterburian@yahoo.com>
8:01 PM on January 15, 2006 
Thanks to ex-waterburian Ray McGarrity for pointing out my errors regarding the locations of the Worth's and Musler-Liebeskind stores. I've made the corrections on the Downtown page.
Reply Jose V <flipstyle4@aol.com>
1:26 AM on January 19, 2006 
I enjoyed goin through these old photos and seeing how much its changed from the days befor my time.Im only 19 but i really appreciate the amount of work that was put into the Waterbury image tour.
Reply Bob Timms <joybird1@earthlink.net>
10:18 PM on January 23, 2006 
I am really enjoying your site. It has brought back so many great memories. I was born in Waterbury in 1939. I grew up on South View Street and Watertown Ave., and attended Russell Grammar School and Leavenworth High. Until I left for the Air Force I was never far from the city. Moved to Watertown in 1966, Thomaston in 1992. Then NY in 2001. I am now retired to NC. Your site has stirred many, many memories good and bad. Thank you for the look back.