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don nieman | all galleries >> Photo A Day >> March 2005 PaD > Mar 18, 2005
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18-MAR-2005

Mar 18, 2005

There is a lot of history behind this old malt house.

Buffalo, because of its strategical location on the great lakes, used to be a city of grain storage elevators and flour mills.

This is a shot of a part of the old Buffalo Malting Company on Elk Street in the old 1st Ward of Buffalo.

There are some more really interesting pictures at http://www.pbase.com/dhnieman/buffalo_industry

Somemore text on Buffalo Malting http://buffaloexploration.com/bm/txt.htm

More b&w photos someone else took http://icenine.institutionalgreen.com/malting090103-1.html

I had no idea there was this much interest in Buffalo Malting. I took photos because it was something I remembered due my family's involvement.

Almost all of the piping, old dust collectors, and conveyors in this building were fabricated and installed by my father and brother. They owned/own an industrial sheet metal fabrication company and for years some of their largest customers were these old grain elevators and flour mills around Buffalo.

Many, like this one, long since closed.

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Dave Wyman12-Apr-2005 03:03
Thanks for the picture and information.
Cheryl Hawkins25-Mar-2005 08:18
Great POV. Thank you for the background info. I think it is our duty to preserve something of our past, even if it is just through our photos.
jlm23-Mar-2005 19:17
Impressive shot
Cliff20-Mar-2005 18:09
Interesting shot - want to return and savour these images.
Gayle P. Clement19-Mar-2005 22:26
Thanks for the information on this photo. I like the perspective.
Gail Davison19-Mar-2005 20:55
Nice photo and your commentary really brings it alive.
Guest 19-Mar-2005 19:39
The colour of the sky is so nice. Great capture here!
Guest 19-Mar-2005 18:16
a very interesting image !
Johan Toll19-Mar-2005 17:25
Very nice shot, i like the light and colours.
Cindy19-Mar-2005 17:12
Wow Don, what great history and how neat that your family is part of it. My parents grew up in the old 1st ward, wonder if they knew each other??
Guest 19-Mar-2005 14:53
Brilliant composition.
Nice to have the history too, thanks.
Antonis Sarantos19-Mar-2005 07:25
Excellent industrial image, nicely composed!
laine8219-Mar-2005 04:00
Good history there Don & a great image.
Elaine (etfitz)19-Mar-2005 03:14
Great image! The perspective is wonderful!
Guest 19-Mar-2005 02:14
Don, I've learned something about Buffalo today, thanks!
My sister used to live in Lackawanna .