We were stylin’

Old Fort Niagara, summer of 1969.
From 1968 to around 1975 or so, Spree ran a rather ambitious fashion section, including location shooting at sites all over Western New York, such as Old Fort Niagara, the Albright-Knox, Niagara Falls, the Kenan Center—even a demolition site. We love these for the period fashions, the lovely models, and the professional flair. The photographer is Thomas Lowes; the clothes are from such long-departed Buffalo classics as Par Avion, Ley’s, Hengerer’s, and the Country Corner. Some of the retailers, such as Mabel Danahy and Joseph Palanker & Sons (now Furs by Joseph), are still in business.

What we were buying.
Print dress: $9
Fur-trimmed winter coat: $88 (AM&A’s)
Used VW: $798 (Jim Kelly’s VW)
Four-bedroom, 2 baths: $35,000 (Williamsville)
Dozen eggs: 49¢
Sirloin steak: $1.19
Bison yogurt: 19¢
White bread: 6/$1 (Tops)
Sectional sofa: $139 (Victor’s)
Bigscreen 18” TV: $328 (Sears)
“Lady Bird” shirtdress: $5 (Hengerer’s)
67 Pontiac Tempest: $2341 (Brost)
2 miles of sidewalks: $15,000 (Maple Road in Amherst)
UB Amherst campus: $400 million (first estimate)

Niagara Falls, winter of 1968.
stylin' stylin'
Rural location, summer of 1971.
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, spring of 1968.
Buffalo Airport, winter of 1972.
Nautical shoot, summer of 1968.
Kenan Center, spring of 1968.


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